This year marks the 50th anniversary as a Brother for a fixture of Christian Brothers Academy, Br. Ralph Montedoro, FSC. He was recognized at the Class of 2017’s graduation as well as at a special Jubilee celebration hosted by the District of Eastern North America, Brothers of the Christian Schools.
As CBA’s Executive Vice President and an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees, Br. Ralph helps oversee a legacy that he has spent more than three decades of his life helping to craft. Indeed CBA’s Varsity soccer and lacrosse fields were dedicated to both him and the late Brother Andrew O’Gara, FSC for their extraordinary commitment to the Academy’s mission.
Despite that sizable commitment, Br. Ralph remains a modest individual who often shuns the spotlight. He is known far and wide for his personable demeanor, dynamic leadership and relentless dedication to community service. In fact, it was he who instituted the now-prominent Service program, a critical part of the Academy experience and our young men’s development.
During his years as a Brother, Br. Ralph has served a number of roles: teacher (2001 Lasallian Educator of the Year), counselor, moderator, campus minister, Associate Principal, Principal, Executive Vice President, and most important, as a son of St. La Salle.
During his tenure as CBA Principal, Br. Ralph established a collegial form of leadership that set the tone for the school community, fostering a spirit of innovation and creativity. His leadership style encouraged faculty members to weigh in on the important issues of curriculum development and school operations. Likewise, Br. Ralph recognized the great advantages of hiring individuals for positions traditionally held by Brothers.
He further encouraged the hiring of women throughout the departments as well as CBA alumni, who were already committed to CBA’s philosophy and mission. Under Br. Ralph, the first lay Dean of Students was hired: now-principal R. Ross Fales. Congratulations to Br. Ralph Montedoro on hitting this great personal milestone, and thank you for your selfless dedication to our campus community.