Br. Bernard Rapp, FSC

The Brother Bernard Rapp, FSC Lecture on Faith & Science is an annual lecture coordinated by the Office of Mission and Identity in collaboration with faculty members from the sciences, theology and other departments.

The lecture brings to campus scholars who will explore the dynamic harmony and tensions of the Catholic faith and the scientific disciplines. Grounded in Lewis University’s mission values of knowledge, wisdom, and fidelity, the lecture series promotes dialogue, exploration, and discovery while shedding light on the mysteries of the human spirit. The lecture is part of the University’s Cumbee Catholic Scholars Initiative.

Named for Brother Bernard Rapp, FSC, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and University Archivist who retired on January 30, 2018 after 45 years of service to Lewis University, this lecture series recognizes Br. Bernard’s distinguished career as a dedicated teacher, an exemplary scientist, and a Christian Brother committed to his vocation and to his faith.   

A native of St. Louis, Brother Bernard taught in the sciences from 1973 to 2000. He began assisting the late Brother Ambrose Groble, FSC, founder of the Archives in 1992. Brother Bernard was named University Archivist in 2000 following his retirement from teaching. In documenting and collecting Lewis history, Brother Bernard conducted dozens of oral interviews with alumni, faculty, administrators and staff about earlier years at Lewis. He collected artifacts, catalogued publications by Lewis writers, and entered thousands of pieces of information and documents into existing and new files to assure that the history of the University will be accessible and viable for future generations.