Brother Richard Kestler, FSC. was born John Kestler on January 8, 1942 to John and Alice Kestler. He grew up in the Oxford Circle section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Brother Richard attended elementary school at his parish of St. Martin of Tours and went on to La Salle College High School, graduating in 1960. By this time, he made the decision to join the Christian Brothers and began this process for about a year before attending La Salle College. He graduated in 1965 with a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and gained a Master’s in Theology soon after. Brother Richard also has Master’s degrees in Math from Fordham University and Education from Villanova University. He has been assigned to many high schools in the Philadelphia area as teachers and administrators including West Catholic High School, La Salle College High School, St. Gabriel’s Hall, and Archbishop Carroll. As a Christian Brother, Brother Richard has helped the growth and success of the Philadelphia community and major surrounding schools. In 2018, he was awarded a member of the Papal Household by the Pope himself for the education of students and his assistance and selflessness in the Philadelphia community. He is in active retirement today and lives in Anselm Hall at La Salle University.
Kestler, Richard FSC and Moraschi, Alexandria, "Interview of Richard Kestler, F.S.C., M.A." (2019). All Oral Histories. 121.
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