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Brother Teliow Fackeldey, FSC Presidential Medal Award for Outstanding Integrity, Merit and Public Service


One of La Salle University’s highest and distinctive honors, the Brother Teliow Fackeldey, FSC Presidential Medal, is bestowed upon individuals who have distinguished themselves professionally, socially, or civically in the guiding mission and principles of La Salle University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Specifically this prestigious award acknowledges those who have made substantial contributions in their fields of human endeavor which serve or advance the mission of Lasallian education.


The Brother Teliow Fackeldey, FSC Presidential Medal will be given by the President of La Salle University to an individual at either the Honors Convocation or commencement related ceremony.  The Honorary Degree committee provides the President with a minimum of five (5) names to be vetted by the President’s cabinet, and final approval of the sitting President, before bestowing the Brother Teliow Presidential Medal on any individual.

Past Recipients

2015 – His Excellency Most Archbishop Rev. Luis Antonio G. Tagle, D.D., S.T.D.
2017 – Brother Richard Kestler, FSC
2018 – The Honorable Felipe Calderon (former President of Mexico)
2018 – Paula Krebs, Ph.D.

Brother Teliow’s Life and Legacy: Brother Teliow was born in Wesel, Germany, on 25 November 1828. He settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, and entered the novitiate of the Brothers of the Christian Schools in St. Louis, Missouri, as one of the pioneer novices, receiving the Brother’s habit on 21 June, 1851, at age twenty-three.  After teaching in Detroit for three years, Brother Teliow transferred to Philadelphia where, in 1854, he was appointed the second Director of St. Peter’s School. In addition, he opened St. Anne’s School and St. Michael’s School in Philadelphia relocating from St. Peter’s to St. Michael’s, Brother Teliow continued to serve as Director. In 1862, Bishop James Frederic Wood asked the Prussian-born Brother Teliow to establish a high school (initially named Christian Brothers’ High School and later renamed La Salle College High School) to fill the gap that arose from the collapse of St. Joseph’s College and Villanova College. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in March 1863, granted a charter for a collegiate department. Thus, Brother Teliow served as the first president and co-founder with Bishop Wood of La Salle College at this pivotal time in U.S. history. Brother Teliow’s days in Philadelphia were quite limited. In August 1863, after only one year of guiding the fledgling high school, and even less time with the college, he was reassigned to New York to serve as Director of the New York Catholic Protectory, a residential center for orphaned boys. It is in the field of child welfare that devoted thirty-seven years of active ministry. In 1870, he was invited to Ecuador, as a consultant to the government, to establish a training school for boys. In 1877, he was assigned to Quito, the capital, to open a boys’ training school. Subsequent assignments took him—most often as the Director—to Memphis, Tennessee, Chicago, Illinois, Glencoe, Missouri, and Eddington, Pennsylvania. Death claimed Brother Teliow on 20 September 1900 at age seventy-two. In the spirit of St. John Baptist de La Salle, Brother Teliow most devoted to being an “older brother” to children from impoverished and marginalized circumstances. He was a great advocate for what was right, and nothing could satisfy him but complete success.