It is with great sorrow that Calvert Hall shares the news regarding the passing on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, of former Calvert Hall faculty member, Br. Gregory Cavalier, FSC.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he passed at 92 years old while devoting his life to the Christian Brotherhood for 74 years.
Brother Gregory, known as Brother Flamian Gregory Cavalier until 1966 when Christian Brothers were able to have secular names, earned a bachelor’s degree in French from the Catholic University of America (magna cum laude) in 1951 and a master’s degree in Latin from the University of Pittsburgh in 1955. He taught at Calvert Hall from 1963-1979. During this time, he worked in the modern language department while also serving as a moderator for freshman football, junior varsity football, varsity football and varsity baseball. He then returned to The Hall from 1998-2002.
President Br. John Kane, FSC said, “Brother Greg was legendary and made an amazing impact everywhere he went. He spent many years at Calvert Hall creating a lifelong impact on those who had the privilege of knowing him. He spent numerous years in Guatemala working with the impoverished and was never afraid to “remind” us of our obligation to help. He was a great Brother and touched the hearts of thousands in his lifetime. He will be greatly missed.”
During the span of 1981-1998, Br. Greg lived in Guatemala as a missionary and a teacher. He taught at a high school in Santa Maria Visitacion, a village high in the mountains above Lake Atitlan. The school’s primary focus was to prepare its students to become educators while also teaching the students to weave, tailor, bake, raise livestock, and other trades.
One of the hearts touched by Br. Greg was that of Arthur Casserly ’66. To Art, Br. Greg was not only a friend, but a mentor. Art continued to say, “I was close friends with Brother Greg for most of my life. He was an incredible, humble man, who touched the lives of so many. It’s impossible to sum his life up in several volumes, much less a few sentences. His teaching and work in the mountain communities of Guatemala were inspirational. He was a character, and his antics (mostly unintentional) were hilarious! This man has been a blessing to so many of his students. I thank God for sharing Br. Greg with all of us. As Br. Greg would say, ‘El Dios es Bueno!’”
Brother Greg made a meaningful impact on the lives of so many. Ken Boehl ’72 shared, “He was such an inspirational person in my life. He was a terrific teacher and mentor throughout my days at Calvert Hall and a very dear friend for over 50 years. I always knew Brother Gregory was there if I ever needed someone to talk to. He will continue to be ‘The Rock’ for me and for so many others. God Bless this wonderful man!”
In retirement, Br. Gregory would travel four months each year to join the monks at The Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, Kentucky. The Abbey is a monastery in the Order of the Cistercians of the Strict Observance (OCSO), part of the body of the Roman Catholic Church where the monks lead lives of prayer, work, and sacred reading, steeped in the heart and mystery of the Church. Br. Gregory once shared, ‘I love the monastic routine and in my next life, I’ve decided (God willing) to be a De La Salle monk in a monastery with a school attached.’”
The funeral arrangements are as follows:
Thursday, October 14, 2021, on the campus of Calvert Hall College High School
• Viewing: 4:00-6:30 p.m. in the John G. Noppinger ’64 Commons (Masks required)
• Reception to follow mass in the Dining Hall
• A private burial will take place at Ammendale in the days to follow