Mr. Matthew Butler Named DENA Distinguished Lasallian Educator

November 15, 2018

The District of Eastern North American (DENA) of the Brothers of the Christian Schools has selected Christian Brothers Academy’s Mr. Matthew Butler as one of three Distinguished Lasallian Educators for 2018.

Butler has been a teacher and coach at CBA since 2007. While teaching both theology and physical education, Butler has been extremely active in the service component of the Academy. His desire to help people is shown through his relentless quest to inspire and help others: taking time to organize trips to Montana, cook for the hungry in the CBA cafeteria, and taking time away from his own life to deliver food to the needy on Thanksgiving & Christmas, as well as weekly with Lasallian Youth in Asbury Park.

Due to his heavy involvement in service work, he was named the Director of Campus Ministry last spring to succeed Tim Sewnig, who held the position for the better part of two decades.

Butler has consistently mentored young men through personal interactions and guided them throughout the years in athletics, coaching Crew, Wrestling, Rugby, Weight Lifting and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Butler was named CBA’s Lasallian Educator of the Year for the 2017-18 school year last April.

From the DENA Website:

Each year The Brothers of the Christian Schools of the Lasallian Region of North America recognize Lasallian Educators for their outstanding work and dedication to the charism of Saint La Salle, with the Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award at the annual Huether Lasallian Conference. This year in Minneapolis, MN, with the focus on the theme “Limitless Potential: Transforming Lasallian Communities,” these three educators were honored for their dedication to the Lasallian family.

Matthew Butler has served as a Religion teacher and coach during his 12 year CBA tenure. Recently, he transitioned to Campus Minister in light of his significant involvement in retreats, service, and immersion programs. He has introduced programs to help young men better understand the challenges of socioeconomic poverty and reflect upon how they can make a difference now and in the future. His partnering with Special Olympics has offered his students the privileged opportunity to work with special needs individuals. He is involved in parish Youth Ministry and is engaged in several community projects. His commitment and actions truly help transform the CBA and surrounding community.