Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, is grieving the loss of the last living religious brother who helped found the Catholic university more than 50 years ago, according to a press release.
Brother Edmond (Raymond) Drouin and six other Brothers of Christian Instruction founded Walsh in 1960.
As head of the LaMennais College Library in Alfred, ME, Br. Drouin directed the transfer of the library's collections to its new location on the Walsh College campus in Canton, OH. In recognition of his professional work the Walsh University Library was dedicated to him on Nov. 23, 2003. In 1971, he was released from library and teaching responsibilities to pursue his writing and research full time. He contributed articles for several religious and professional magazines and was invited to contribute six articles on Church history for the New Catholic Encyclopedia.
Br. Drouin also wrote a comprehensive biography of Fr. John Mary de La Mennais, founder of the Brothers in Christian Instruction. Fluent in French and in English Brother travelled throughout Europe and North America, verifying information and discovering new insights in his work. With the assistance of Br. Francis Blouin, the highly appreciated work was completed and printed in 2012 and entitled; The Courage of Hope, John de La Mennais, 1780-1860.
His religious formation began in 1935 during his high school years at Notre Dame in Alfred, ME. He spent his novitiate year (1938-39) in La Prairie, QC. He professed his lifelong commitment as a religious Brother on June 26, 1944.Though he began his professional teaching career in elementary schools first in Quebec Province, Canada and in Waterville, ME, and later as a high school science teacher in Plattsburgh, NY and Fall River, MA, most of his life was dedicated to professional research and writing, work he enjoyed and at which he excelled. A 1956 graduate of LaMennais College (Alfred, ME) he pursued advanced studies earning an MS in Library Science (1959) and a Ph.D. in Education from the Catholic University in Washington, DC (1980). His Master's dissertation was The School Question, A Bibliography on Church-State Relationships in American Education.
Catholic Education Daily recently reported on "Founder's Week" at Walsh University, which included many events celebrating the Brothers of Christian Instruction. Diocese of Youngstown Bishop George Murray visited the campus during the week and said a Mass for the Brothers at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel.
The Cardinal Newman Society joins Walsh in praying for the repose of the soul of Br. Edmond Drouin.
Walsh University is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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