More than 30 De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lasallian Partners, and family members gathered at Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY, August 14 to commission three Lasallian educators who will leave this month for missionary service in Jamaica.
Brothers Augustine (Gus) Nicoletti and James Wallace, and Mr. Richard Ward received the blessing from representatives of the District of Eastern North America (DENA) before they leave to take on new roles at St. Vincent Strambi Catholic High School in Bull Savannah, Jamaica.
This commitment is in response to an invitation by Bishop Neil Tiedemann, CP, Bishop of the Mandeville Diocese of Jamaica, West Indies. DENA will provide the leadership for St. Vincent’s, which had a modest beginning as a trade and agricultural school but reopened as an academic school in 1994. It is the only diocesan high school in the Mandeville Diocese, serves 175 students from grades 7-13 as a college preparatory school, and offers skills training for grades 12 and 13.
Bro. Gus will serve as St. Vincent’s principal. Bro. Kent Connolly of the Midwest District will join the DENA group in Jamaica later this month. St. Vincent Strambi will continue to be a diocesan school and rely on Jamaican teachers. DENA’s initial commitment to the ministry is for two years.