Six Christian Brothers Affiliated With CBU Celebrate Jubilee Anniversaries

MEMPHIS — Six De La Salle Christian Brothers affiliated with Christian Brothers University (CBU) will be among the 21 being honored by the Midwest District for their Jubilee ceremonies on July 19 at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL.

Brother Robert Staub, Professor Emeritus in Biology, entered the Christian Brothers in 1939 and is celebrating his 75th year. He received his B.S. in Biology from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and was given his first teaching assignment at De La Salle High School in Minneapolis. He received his M.A. and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He has taught in schools in Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, and Tennessee.

Brother Joel Baumeyer, Professor Emeritus in Mathematics, entered the Order in 1954 and is celebrating his 60th Jubilee. He received both his B.A. and M.Ed. from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and his M.A. and Ph.D. from St. Louis University. Brother Joel has taught in schools in Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, and Tennessee. He presently serves as Math Center Director since his semi-retirement in 2011.

Brother Mark Gubbels, Retired Business Office Manager, entered the Brothers in 1954 and and is celebrating his 60th year. He completed his B.S. and M.Ed. at St. Mary’s University. Brother Mark has taught in the Brothers’ schools in Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Tennessee. He came to CBU in 1981 and retired in 1999. He is now in his 16th year of volunteering at the Church Health Center.

Brother Bernard LoCoco, Trustee and Former CBU President (1973-80), entered the Order in 1954 and is also celebrating his 60th Jubilee. He holds an honorary doctorate in Humanities from Christian Brothers University and one from Lewis University. He also holds three master degrees — one in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University, Counseling and Guidance degree from the University of Missouri in St. Louis, and Education (Biology) from St. Mary’s University. Brother Bernard was Provincial of the St. Louis District (1980-84) and president of the School of Applied Theology in Berkeley, CA (1999-2009).

Brother Joel McGraw, Assistant Principal at Christian Brothers High School, joined the Christian Brothers in 1964 and is celebrating his 50th Jubilee. He is a native Memphian and a graduate of CBHS. He holds his undergraduate degree from CBU and Master’s degrees in English and Educational Administration from the University of Memphis. He has taught at schools in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Tennessee and has served as a board member for CBU, Memphis Catholic High School, Immaculate Conception Schools, and St. Louis School.

Brother Robert Veselsky, Former Director of Campus Ministry, entered the Order in 1964 and is also celebrating his 50th year as a Brother. He holds a B.A. in Sociology from Lewis University, a Master’s degree in Religious Education from St. Mary’s University, and a Master’s in Pastoral Ministry from Loyola University. Brother Rob has also served as a University Minister at Lewis University and as Principal of De La Salle at Blessed Sacrament Elementary School in Memphis. He is currently a part-time Associate University Minister at Lewis.

Also celebrating Jubilees are Brother Basil Rothweiler (his 80th Jubilee!), Brothers Joel Dolan and James McDonald (their 70th), Brothers Ralph Heppe, Andrew Jacobson, Damian Steger (their 60th), Brothers Peter Hannon, Douglas Hawkins, Thomas Johnson, Paul Joslin, Paul McDonough, Paul Meyer, Lawrence Oelschlegel, Michael O’Hern, and Michael Schain (their 50th).

The Jubilee celebrations will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 19 with a Eucharistic Liturgy at the St.Charles Borromeo Pastoral Center in Romeoville, IL with a reception following at the Lewis University Fieldhouse.

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