La Salle University alumnus Brother Robert Schieler, F.S.C., has been elected Superior General of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools during the order’s 45th General Chapter in Rome. He is the 27th successor of St. John Baptist de La Salle, who founded the order in 17th-century France. A Philadelphia native, Br. Robert also formerly served as a La Salle University Trustee.
Br. Robert now leads the Catholic Church’s largest order of religious Brothers dedicated to education. He follows Brother Álvaro Rodríguez Echeverría, F.S.C., who served as Superior General for 14 years.
A Philadelphia native, Br. Robert earned a bachelor’s degree in history from La Salle University in 1972. His first assignment was as a teacher at La Salle College High School from 1972 to 1975.
‘We could not be more pleased with Brother Robert’s election as Superior General,” said La Salle University President Brother Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C. “Brother Robert is extremely well-respected here at La Salle University and by Christian Brothers around the world. We have seen his faithfulness and dedication at work in our own community, and I have no doubt that he will be an excellent leader for the worldwide Lasallian community.”
For the past seven years, Br. Robert served as General Councilor for the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN) in Washington, D.C. Before that post, Br. Robert was the Director of Education for the Brothers’ United States-Toronto Region. In that capacity, he developed, coordinated, and directed national educational formation programs for teachers and Brothers in the 104 Lasallian schools across the country. He also served as Executive Secretary of the Regional Education Board and the Lasallian Association of College and University Presidents. Prior to those roles, Br. Robert served for seven years as Auxiliary Visitor and Director of Education for the Baltimore District. He served in the Philippines for 11 years in a variety of administrative positions, from Assistant Principal to Superintendent of Schools.
Br. Robert joined the Christian Brothers on Sept. 1, 1968, in Ammendale, Md., and professed his final vows in 1979. He was first introduced to the Brothers as a student at West Catholic Boys High School (now West Catholic Preparatory High School) in Philadelphia. He holds master’s degrees in European history from the University of Notre Dame and in Asian studies from the University of the Philippines, as well as a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Pennsylvania.
He is the third American Brother to serve as Superior General. Brother Charles Henry Buttimer, F.S.C., became the first American Superior General in 1966. Brother John Johnston, F.S.C., became the second in 1986.