CBU Celebrates 180 Years of Service

Brother Ignatius Brown, FSC, Brother Terence McLaughlin, FSC, and Brother Daniel Susek, FSCMemphis- Christian Brothers University (CBU) recently celebrated the Jubilees of Brother Terence McLaughlin, FSC, Brother Ignatius Brown, FSC, and Brother Daniel Susek, FSC with a special presentation and reception to honor their commitment and service.

Together the three Christian Brothers total 180 years of service to the Lasallian community nationwide. Individually, this jubilee marks Brother Terence’s 70th year as a Christian Brother, Brother Ignatius’ 60th year, and Brother Daniel’s 50th year.

Brother Terence McLaughlin, FSC, served as President of CBU from 1962-1964. During his tenure, final arrangements were made for the high school to move to its current location on Walnut Grove Road. He has taught in, or administered to, many Lasallian schools throughout the years before returning to Memphis in 2000.

Brother Terence received his B.S.S. degree from St. Mary’s University in Winona, MN, and his Masters of Art degree from DePaul University, Chicago. Brother Terence received the Distinguished Faculty Service Award from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) in 1985; an Honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree from Lewis University, (Romeoville, IL) in 1993; the Religious Service Award from St. Mary’s University (Winona, MN) in 1994; the Distinguished Graduate Award from St. Michael School in Duluth, MN, in 2000; and a Special Award for Work with Inner City Youth from the Juvenile Protective Association in Chicago, also in 2000.

Since returning to CBU, Brother Terence has devoted much time to his special interest of writing. He has co-authored, Our Enduring Milestones (2003), a book about the historical importance of CBU ’s memorialized buildings and landmarks; authored The Schools That Faith Built, the story of the San Miguel schools in Chicago (schools similar to the Memphis Jubilee schools); The Passing of the Baton (2008), which looks at the transition of CBU under the direction of lay Lasallians who will be continuing the mission of the Christian Brothers; and his most recent book, Blessed to Teach (2010), which furnishes many possibilities for teachers and reminds them that what they are during is special.

Brother Ignatius Brown, FSC, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, attended a Catholic parochial school elementary education and later attended Christian Brothers College High School.  It was there that he came in contact with the Christian Brothers and was inspired to join their ranks.  He received the religious habit in August of 1950 and took first vows one year later.

After obtaining an undergraduate degree in History and Economics at St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minnesota, Brother Ignatius began his teaching ministry at De La Salle High School in Minneapolis.  In the following years, he served students in Amarillo, Texas and Wheaton, Illinois.  In 1964, his superiors gave him his first chance at school administration.  Thereafter, he served as principal at schools in Amarillo, Texas; Paducah, Kentucky; Omaha, Nebraska; Memphis, Tennessee; and St. Louis, Missouri. During this time, Brother Ignatius completed his studies for a Masters Degree in Education at St. Mary’s College, a Catholic Choirmasters Certificate from the Gregorian Institute of America, and a Doctorate in Educational Development from The Ohio State University.

Following a five-year term as Director of the St. Mary School System in Paducah, Kentucky, Brother Ignatius arrived in Memphis in 2000 to serve as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Education at CBU.  In 2003, in addition to his teaching duties, he directed the LANCE program for volunteer teachers in the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Memphis. In 2008, he took full retirement and is an active member of the Memphis Cotton Boll Chorus Barbershop Harmony Society.

Brother Daniel Susek, FSC, born in Chicago, Illinois, attended high school with the Christian Brothers at St. Patrick’s High School until he entered the Novitiate of the Brothers in grade 11 at La Salle Institute in Glencoe, Missouri.  He made his first profession of vows in August of 1960 at Glencoe and four years later received his B.A. degree in English at St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minnesota.  He completed his Masters of Arts in Religion and Education at St. Louis University in 1974 and continued graduate work at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and Columbia University in New York. 

Brother Daniel’s teaching career took him to Christian Brothers High School in Quincy, Illinois from 1964 to 1969.  Subsequently, he has served in the Offices of Religious Education for the Diocese of Joliet in Illinois, and the Diocese of Peoria in Illinois.  He taught undergraduate Religious Studies at Lewis University at Romeoville, Illinois and at Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Missouri.  In 1988, he came to CBU and served in the Religion and Philosophy department until his retirement in 2008.  He recently returned to the city of his birth and now resides in Chicago, Illinois, where he is retired from active teaching and spends a great deal of his time in research.

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