Brother Joshua Di Mauro, OSF, was honored with the Founders Award on April 19, 2015, from the Office of Religious of the Diocese of Rockville Centre for his service to the Church and all of God’s people on Long Island. In the spirit of St. Francis, Brother Joshua witnesses the Gospel each day as a Franciscan Brother of Brooklyn.
Brother Joshua is currently the Assistant principal, and Director of Student Activities at St. Anthony’s High School. During the past 40 years, he served as mathematics teacher for 25 years, and as Choral Director since 1982. In addition, he currently servces serves as Secretary General on the Council for the Franciscan Brothers.
Brother Joshua has a Masters degree in Music from the University of Notre Dame, and continued post graduate musical training in choral conducting and Gregorian Chant at Westminster Choir College, Catholic University of America, and the Abbaye of St. Pierre de Solesmes in France. Brother has also studied at the Centro Linguistico Italiano Dante Alghieri in Florence and the Sculola Leonardo Da Vinci in Rome.
Brother Joshua conducts the St. Anthony’s High School choir of 520 members and the distinguished Gregorian Schola of 60 members. Directing Sacred Music is only one his special gifts. He is known for his extraordinary organizational skills and his attention to details. To see him direct 520 students is amazing. To participate in a liturgy he has planned is inspirational. To see him involve the Student Council in frequent trips to the soup kitchen, or performances for the elderly at St. Joseph’s Home for the Aged shows that he more than just a teacher; he is a mentor helping students to live out our Franciscan values as Mirrors of Christ .
In honoring Brother Joshua, the Office of Religious recognizes the joy he has brought to so many, as well as the tremendous contribution through the years of the many religious sisters, brothers, priests, and their lay colleagues who have witnessed to the Gospel by challenging others to put on the mantle of mercy, compassion and joy.