The Superior General of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, Brother Robert Schieler, FSC, announced the appointment of Brother Dennis Lee, FSC, as the second Visitor of the District of Eastern North America (DENA). His term will begin Sept. 1, 2017.
As Brother Visitor of the District of Eastern North America (DENA), Brother Dennis Lee, FSC is the canonical leader of the Province and is appointed to this position by the Superior General in Rome, Italy. The “election” of the Brother Visitor is a process of spiritual discernment which includes the placing of names of Brothers in nomination for the position, an actual election of a candidate (during the course of several ballots) and finally sending the name of the top candidate to the Brother Superior General for his final approval and appointment of the Brother Visitor.
Prior to his election as the Brother Visitor for DENA, Brother Dennis served as the Associate Provincial for DENA.
The office of Brother Visitor is a title that extends back to the 17th century when St. John Baptist de La Salle actually “visited” each community and school that was conducted by the Brothers. In many religious institutes and congregations, the title of “Provincial” is used synonymously with the title of “Brother Visitor”.
Brother Dennis Lee is a native of Queens, NY, educated at Immaculate Conception School, and Mater Christi Diocesan High School, where his vocation was awakened by the many Brothers who were his teachers. Holding a bachelors’ degree in Sociology from Fordham University (1972), he has subsequently earned masters’ degrees in Education (Fordham, 1978) and Catechetical Ministry (Saint John’s University NY, 1984).
His career has been varied: elementary school teacher (Saint Gabriel’s, Queens, NY); parish work (Saint Cecilia’s, Brooklyn, NY); high school Religion teacher (Bishop Loughlin Memorial HS, Brooklyn, NY); and campus minister (Bishop Loughlin and Manhattan College, Bronx, NY). Since 2002, he has alternated as missionary (Christ the Teacher Institute for Education, Nairobi, Kenya) and as Auxiliary Visitor (legacy LINE District and DENA).
Brother Dennis Lee will continue to carry out into the future the mandate of the Brothers: to oversee the vitality of the Brothers and of the mission, which continues to be to “provide a human and Christian education for the young, especially the poor.”