Three Brothers of the Sacred Heart are celebrating significant anniversaries this year:
Brother Joseph Murphy, S.C., who was born in Brooklyn, is marking his 60th year in the Order. He attended St. Rose of Lima School, Parkville, and then in 1952 he entered the Brothers of the Sacred Heart Juniorate at St. Joseph’s H.S. in Metuchen, N.J.
After completing his novitiate in 1957, he pronounced his first vows. In 1963, he pronounced his perpetual vows. He attended Spring Hill College, Mobile, Ala.; Fordham University and the University of St. Louis.
He taught elementary school at St. Philip Neri, the Bronx; SS. Peter and Paul, the Bronx; and St. Rose of Lima, Parkville.
On the high school level, he taught at the former Bishop Reilly H.S., Fresh Meadows; Msgr. McClancy H.S., East Elmhurst; St. Joseph, Metuchen; and Phillipsburg Catholic, Phillipsburg. He also taught at St. Columba’s College, St. Albans, England, and Nkubu Secondary School in Kenya, East Africa.
After leaving the classroom, he worked in prison ministry in Taconic, N.Y., as a GED teacher.
He resides in the Brothers’ residence in East Elmhurst.
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Brother Francis David, S.C., was born in New Orleans, La., and is observing his 50th year in the Order.
He entered the congregation in 1965 from Menard Memorial H.S., the Brothers’ school in Alexandria, La. He attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala.; and then Florida State University.; and received his doctorate in education from the University of San Francisco, Calif.
After serving 14 years at Brother Martin H.S., New Orleans, as a teacher, department chairman and assistant principal in charge of discipline, he was appointed principal of Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, La., in 1984. He served there until being appointed president of Catholic High in 1993, a position he held until 2006, when he was elected provincial of the former New Orleans Province.
In 2009, he joined the faculty and staff of E.D. White Catholic H.S. in Thibodaux, La., serving as the school’s admissions director. In July of 2013, he was appointed the president of St. Stanislaus College, Bay St. Louis, Miss., and served there until 2016, when the province leadership appointed him the local canonical superior of the Brothers’ residence in East Elmhurst.
He resides in the Brothers’ residence in East Elmhurst adjacent to Msgr. McClancy H.S.
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Brother Bryan de Porres Lewis, S.C., who was born in Elizabeth, N.J., has been a member of the Order for 25 years.
He attended Holy Rosary Elementary School; Franklin H.S., Somerset; Jersey City State College and St. John’s University in Jamaica.
He pronounced his first vows in 1992 and perpetual vows in 1998. In 1995, he graduated from St. John’s University with a bachelor’s degree in education and continued further course work in catechetics at St. Joseph Seminary, Dunwoodie.
He taught at St. Clement Pope Elementary School, South Ozone Park, and later was assigned to Msgr. McClancy H.S., East Elmhurst, where he taught science and religion. He also served as director the local community at the Brothers’ East Elmhurst residence.
He continues to teach at Msgr. McClancy while residing in the East Elmhurst residence.