The 28th General Chapter of the Xaverian Brothers was held in Rome from Sunday, July 21, 2019 through Friday, August 2, 2019. The 30 delegates, representing the congregational regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Kenya, and the United States, selected new leadership for the Congregation.
Brother Daniel Skala, CFX
Brother Daniel entered the Xaverian Brothers in Newton Highlands, MA in 1968. After novitiate, he completed his undergraduate degree at Suffolk University. In 1973, he began teaching at Malden Catholic High School. He completed his MA and PhD at Boston College. He then went on to teach at Boston College and Merrimack College before becoming an administrator at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, MA in 1990. For the past 28 years he has served as Headmaster at Xaverian Brothers High School. In 2007, he was elected Vicar General of the Congregation for a term of 6 years and then served as a member of the General Council. Brother Daniel has served on a variety of other congregational committees and leadership positions.
Prior to serving as Headmaster at XBHS, Brother Dan held a variety of teaching and administrative positions at the high school and college level. He has served on several boards including as Chairman at Lowell Catholic High School and as a member of the Campaign for Catholic Schools’ Board of Trustees. Brother Dan has also served on both the Strategic Planning Committee for the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Initiative and the Executive Committee for Secondary Schools of the National Catholic Education Association.
His tenure at Xaverian is marked by exceptional innovation, achievement, and growth. As Headmaster, Brother Dan has been committed to excellence in all areas of school life with a renowned emphasis on Xaverian’s unique mission, rooted in the tradition of the Xaverian Brothers. Major construction and renovation of facilities as well as investments in the school’s academic, athletic, fine and performing arts, campus ministry programs, and Francis Xavier Division for seventh and eighth grade students, have helped Xaverian earn a reputation as a premier Catholic school for boys.
In a letter to the Xaverian Brothers High School community, John Murphy ’70, P ’03, Chair of Xaverian’s Board of Trustees, wrote, “We are not at all surprised the Xaverians have elected Brother Dan to lead them, as he has been a visionary leader for Xaverian Brothers High School for 29 years and served as a mentor to many administrators in the Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools network and beyond. He is an obvious choice and we wish him continued grace in his new role.”
Brother Patrick Fumbisha, CFX
Brother Patrick entered the Xaverian Brothers in 1999 while teaching mathematics at the College Tutazamie, Liksai, Congo. Brother Patrick served in formation as Assistant Novice Master in Kenya and Congo, and Director of Novices in Congo before completing a Masters program at the Institute of Religious Formation at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, IL. Brother Patrick served as a General Councilor for Congregation for the last 6 years.
Brother Brian Davis, CFX
Brother Brian entered the Xaverian Brothers in 1963 after graduating from Xaverian High School in Brooklyn. He has served in schools in Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts and Connecticut, including serving as Headmaster at Xavier High School, Middletown, CT 2009-2017.
Brother Dominique Olondo, CFX
Brother Dominique entered the Xaverian Brothers in 2003 and served on the Formation Team for several years. He later became the Director for the postulancy program in Kenya. He was also involved with serving street children in Bungoma, Kenya. Brother Dominique recently completed a program in Theology and Ministry at Boston College, MA.
Brother Lawrence Harvey, CFX
Brother Lawrence entered the Xaverian Brothers in 1979 after graduating from Malden Catholic High School. He has served in various educational roles in schools and congregational leadership positions including Director of XBSS (1997-2007) and General Superior (2007-2013). Brother Lawrence currently serves as the Director of Mission Advancement for the Congregation.