Brother Joseph Power, FIC, 86
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OHIO -- Brother Joseph Power, FIC, died at the age of 86, at the Akron Hospital in Ohio on Oct. 19, 2011, after a long illness.
Brother Power, son of Lawrence and Rose Anne (Graham) Power, was born in Southampton, England, on Feb. 2, 1925. He entered the juniorate of the Brothers of Christian Instruction at Southampton, England, on Sept. 2, 1936, and the novitiate of the Brothers at Market Drayton, England, on Sept. 8, 1940. He made his perpetual profession on Aug. 15, 1942, and spent 70 years in religious life.
Brother Power is survived by two brothers; nieces, nephews; and cousins, mostly living in England.
Br. Power was a powerful speaker, a riveting storyteller, a compassionate educator and a devoted friend to all who knew him on campus. Born to an Irish Catholic father and a Scottish Catholic mother, Br. Power was one of seven children. In 1936, he was admitted to St. Mary's College, Southampton, a boarding school operated by the Brothers of Christian Instruction. He later earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of London and then gained exhibition at St. Catherine's College, Oxford, where he read for an Honors Degree in English Language and Literature. While at St. Catherine's, Br. Power had the opportunity to study with some of the world's most distinguished authors, including C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.
After graduation and time spent teaching in the midlands and south of England, Br. Power was appointed Headmaster of his alma mater. By this time, he had also joined the ranks of the Brothers of Christian Instruction and was well acquainted with the Order throughout the world.
In 1965, Br. Power was offered and eagerly accepted a short-term appointment to the then Walsh College in North Canton, Ohio. Thanks to the vibrant spirit of the young institution and the congeniality of its teaching staff, Br. Power continued to renew his yearly contracts until he was offered full tenure as a Professor
Brother Joseph Power, FIC
of English Language and Literature.
Br. Power found time to dedicate himself to service outside the classroom as well. He took an active role in the Christian Appalachian Project, leading the Brother's mission in West Virginia; assisting in the Papal visit to Canada; administering academic workshops in Port- au-Prince, Haiti; and playing an important part in the reorganization of secondary schools in his native Liverpool.
'Br. Power embodied peace and wisdom,' noted President Richard Jusseaume of his long-time friend, faculty member and colleague. 'He was a true gentleman, a man of dignity and good nature and he will be truly missed by the Walsh community.'
Br. Power summed up one of his philosophies of life during an interview with a reporter from the Massillon Independent: 'We are all different but we are all made in the image of God, each of us a unique note in that divine symphony.' He said, 'I turn to the great C.S. Lewis who reminds us that there is no insignificant life and there are no ordinary men and women. We are all made in the image of God destined for an eternity of joy - I believe that.'
Eternal rest grant to Br. Joseph, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
The receiving of Br. Power's remains will take place at the Notre Dame Chapel, located at the Brothers of Christian Instruction in Alfred at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28; viewing will follow at 5 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 29, A Lauds of the Dead Prayer will be held at the Notre Dame Chapel at 7:15 a.m., followed by calling hours at 9 a.m. and a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at the Brother's Cemetery in Alfred. Arrangements are under the direction of Lafrance-Lambert & Black Funeral Home, 29 Winter St., Sanford. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.blackfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Oct. 25, 2011