Brother Benedict "Thomas George Westrick" Camillus

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BROTHER BENEDICT CAMILLUS, F.S.C. (THOMAS GEORGE WESTRICK) SEPTEMBER 15, 1921 - APRIL 14, 2014 Born in Lapeer, MI, in 1921, Brother spent his early years in Michigan then the family moved to Denver at the time of the Depression. He went to Catholic parochial schools and especially remembered St. Elizabeth's with great fondness. At the end of elementary school he traveled to Las Vegas, NM to begin his preparation to be a Brother at Sacred Heart Training College. After high school he went to Lafayette, LA for the Novitiate, a year of religious training which began with his reception of the habit as a Christian Brother taking the name Brother Benedict Camillus. After the Novitiate, he returned to Las Vegas, NM to complete his college work earning a BA in English. He taught in most of the Brothers' schools in Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado, and he served as Principal at several including St. Michael's High School in Santa Fe from 1961-1966 and 1977-1980. He also was Director of Camp La Salle in the Pecos Canyon from 1952-1954. While teaching he completed a Master's degree in English from Loretto Heights College in Denver, CO. and another in Education as well. He was elected to serve on the District Council of New Orleans - Santa Fe District on two different occasions; he also served on advisory Boards of several schools and the Sangre de Cristo Center. After retirement, he volunteered to serve on several committees and as tutor at the College of Santa Fe. He also helped the Santa Fe Chapter of the College of Santa Fe Alumni Association as their office manager. After a short illness, he died on 14 April 2014 at the age of 92. He is survived by nephews who live in California. Visitation will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 28, at Berardinelli Family Funeral Service, where a rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, at St. Michael's High School - Tipton Hall. Burial will be held on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Rosario Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be to: St. Michael's High School Foundation, P.O. Box 22563, Santa Fe, NM, 87502, Designated for the Brother Benedict Westrick Memorial Scholarship Fund. Berardinelli Family Funeral Service, 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505, (505) 984-8600. Please sign our guestbook for the family at:
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1399 Luisa Street
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 984-8600
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Apr. 22, 2014
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