Amy Surak, Richard M. Tristano, PhD, William Mann, FSC, DMin


While no biography of Brother Luke Salm (1921-2009) has yet been published, the material that is presented here is an initial attempt to give some sense of the man.

The authors hope that these short pieces, each in its own way a commemoration, will help the reader to understand better the significant role that Brother Luke played as Lasallian scholar, teacher, theologian, and Brother of the Christian Schools.

Amy Surak supplies a curriculum vitae, a course of Brother Luke’s eventful life. Richard Tristano’s reminiscence documents Brother Luke’s command of Lasallian studies and how he patiently guided him as he struggled to discern a way to understand the Founder’s life and charism. Finally, Brother William’s eulogy, while an appreciation of Brother Luke’s many accomplishments, is much more a valediction, a fond farewell to a friend and brother who served the Manhattan College community and the Lasallian Family in so many ways.


Lasallian; Scholarship of teaching and learning


Brother Luke Salm: A Life, A Reminiscence, A Valediction

About the Authors

Amy Surak

Amy Surak is the archivist of Manhattan College (since 2002) and the archivist of the Lasallian Research Collection of the Brothers of the Christian Schools at Manhattan College. She received her Master of Arts degree in history and museum studies and her certificate in archival management from New York University in 1999.

Richard Tristano, Ph.D.

Richard M. Tristano is professor of history at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (since 1991). He is an alumnus of Manhattan College and received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in history from New York University in 1983.

William Mann, FSC, D.Min.

Brother William Mann, FSC, who holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School (1990), is president emeritus of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. He is a former vicar general of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (2000-2007), who served as president of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from 2008 to 2018 and as president of the International Association of La Salle Universities from 2015 to 2018.

ISSN: 2151-2515
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