General Council Election

Today, 20 May 2022, the Brothers of the Christian Schools have elected, through the 70 Capitulants with right to vote, the members of the General Council. The election follows that of the new Superior General and Vicar General, which took place on 18 May and 19 May 2022 respectively.

The Brothers elected are:

Brother Anatole DIRETENADJI was born on 2 May 1966. He made his perpetual vows in the Congregation of the Brothers of the Christian Schools on 29 December 2009. He has held various positions of responsibility in his District, before being appointed as Delegate of the Brother Superior General and in charge of the Delegation of Rwanda from 2014 to 2017. He was also Bursar of the Lasallian Region of Africa (RELAF) and Director of the Regional House from 2011 to 2017.

Brother Anatole was appointed Visitor of the District of Central Africa the first time in 2017, and re-appointed for a second term, from 2 July 2021 to 1 July 2025, by the previous Superior General, Brother Robert Schieler.

Brother Joel Palud was born on 4 May 1961. He entered the novitiate in 1984, made his first vows in 1986 and perpetual vows in 1993.

He studied Theology and became a professor of Spanish in Reims. He has served as director at Saint-Étienne for five years (Lycée Sainte Barbe).

Between 2004 and 2009, he served in Rwanda to assist street children at a residential centre. 

He has also served as professor at ECAM (School of Engineering) in Lyon, and since 2021 he has served as community director at Lyon Montée des Carmes.

Brother Chris Patino is a member of the District of San Francisco New Orleans (SFNO) in the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN). He graduated from Cathedral High School in Los Angeles, California, and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson and a master’s degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. He received the Brothers’ habit in 2007 and made his final vows in 2013. Brother Chris began his teaching career in 2004 as an aspiring Brother and founding faculty member at San Miguel High School in Tucson, Arizona, and later served at his alma mater, Cathedral High School. He was also instrumental in founding the Lasallians Without Borders Initiative of the SFNO and Mexico Norte Districts. In 2015, Brother Chris was appointed Director of Vocations Ministry for SFNO District. In this role, he has been an active and influential in numerous national religious vocations organisations and events.

Brother Angel Ricardo Laguda, better known to everyone as Brother Ricky, was born in 1969 in Bacolod City, Philippines. He completed his formation in Manila and Lipa City and took perpetual vows in 1999. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, a master’s degree in education, religious education and a doctorate in education.

Brother Ricky Laguda was the Delegate of India for a period of two years, from 10 July 2019 to 30 June 2021.

He has already served as General Councillor, appointed by Brother Robert Schieler, the previous Superior General, from 2014 to 2022.

Brother Ramón Martín Digilio was born in Cordoba (Argentina) on 27 November 1965. At the end of primary school, he entered the Aspirancy in the same school. When he reached the third year of secondary school, he moved to the La Salle Institute in Florida, near Buenos Aires, to continue his aspirant formation in the aspirancy. There he also did his postulancy in 1983. He entered the novitiate in Villa Warcalde, Cordoba, in 1984 and made his first profession in 1985. His school studies enabled him to qualify as a primary school teacher.

His first community was the school in Argüello, where he worked as a teacher for three years and then as secondary school catechist and was in charge of discipline for another two years. At the same time, he studied and earned the title of professor of Religious Sciences.

In 1993 he entered the scholasticate and postulancy community of González Catán, where he spent five years. In 1998 he moved to the Novitiate as Director.

Appointed Visitor in 2001, he held this position until 2007. He was appointed again in 2013.

He was also the Director general of the Colegio De La Salle (Buenos Aires), and director of both the primary and secondary schools. Under his tenure, both the Secondary School for Special Education and the Diploma of Teacher for Special Education (higher level) were opened.

He was one of the founding groups and first president of the Federation of Religious Educational Associations of Argentina.

He was elected delegate to the General Chapter of 2022, which he attended as Director General of Colegio La Salle de Argüello, where he had already implemented an ambitious pedagogical and pastoral renewal plan.