Robert Schwendau received Letters of Affiliation (AFSC) during a ceremony held May 15, 2019, at the Benilde-De La Salle Community in Chicago, Illinois.
Schwendau’s association with the Christian Brothers dates back to 1951 when he left St. George High School as a sophomore to join the Glencoe juniorate and then the novitiate, and the scholasticate at Saint Mary’s College (now Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona) where he graduated in 1958.
While he was a Brother, he taught and counseled students at various schools sponsored by the Brothers in the former St. Louis District and served as secretary to the Visitor. In 2003, Schwendau was invited to become a resident Partner in the De La Salle Community of Chicago and has been an active community member since that time.
Approved by the Superior General, Letters of Affiliation are the highest honor the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools can bestow on lay people, making them an honorary member of the Institute. Brother Larry Schatz, FSC, Visitor of the Midwest District presented the Letters to Schwendau.