Honoring the life of Brother Paul Meyer, FSC
It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that former teacher Brother Paul Meyer, FSC, passed away on Thursday night. He was 76.
Brother Paul was born in St. Louis and grew up in Ste. Genevieve and entered the Christian Brothers in 1964. He taught in St. Joseph, MO., and at Cincinnati La Salle High School, where he earned his Master of Education, before returning to St. Louis and joining the faculty and staff at Christian Brothers College High School.
He served CBC, our students and community in a variety of roles for 40 years before retiring a year ago at the conclusion of the 2020-21 school year.
Among his roles at CBC, which included time at both the Clayton and the Town & Country campuses, were geometry teacher, running the after-school student worker program and leading the maintenance department.
When Brother Paul celebrated his 50-year jubilee in 2014 he was asked why he decided to become a Christian Brother.
“I was very committed to the mission of the Brothers and was excited to live in community with others who share in the commitment,” he said. “There were 108 new Christian Brothers in the Midwest Province in 1964 and they were some of the most talented people I’d ever met.”
Brother Paul was also asked what kept him energized and excited about his ministry after 50 years.
“I’m always excited about what the future will bring,” he said then. “Our school has only scratched the surface of our potential. So much of what we couldn’t accomplish at the old campus we’ve been able to do here. The opportunities for the future are limitless, and that’s what keeps me energized.”
CBC President Michael Jordan, AFSC, was responsible for bringing Brother Paul to CBC in 1981 and the two developed a close friendship over their many years together. They first met in the late 1960s.
“Even when Brother Paul stepped out of the classroom and the day-to-day work at CBC, he was always present on the exterior part of the property,” he said last summer, when reflecting on Brother Paul’s retirement. “You would always find him emptying trash, picking up the same, buying gas for our many motorized vehicles on the property, getting the necessary paperwork to license those same vehicles. He wasn’t always dressed the part of the Brother, but the Brother was always in his heart.”
Brother Paul lived in The Novelly House on campus until last year and was a regular attendee at CBC events, including the annual CBC Dinner Auction, basketball games and alumni and faculty functions.
His love for and commitment to CBC ran deep and we are forever grateful for having him as a member of our school community.
“The location has changed, and the opportunities we are able to offer the students have grown, but at its core it is still the same wonderful community,” Brother Paul said back in 2014. “Through good times and tough times, it is the people here that make CBC so special.”
We ask that our CBC community keeps Brother Paul and his family in our prayers during this difficult time.
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