Brother Richard Stalker, O.S.F.
Brother Richard was born Francis Stalker in Manhattan on January 25, 1888. He was the only son of John J. and Teresa (Schmidt) Stalker. He entered the postulate on May 3, 1915, was received on August 2nd of the same year and made his profession of vows on August 2, 1916. Immediately after profession, Brother Richard was assigned to teach St. Francis Xavier School where he remained until 1927. From 1927 until 1928 he served as principal of Our Lady of Good Counsel School, but resigned because of ill-health. From 1928 until 1935 he served as a teacher in St. Patrick, St. Peter, Sacred Heart, and St. Mary's Schools. In 1935, Brother Richard was assigned at St. Francis College where he became Athletic Director. He held this position until 1951. During this time, Brother became known to the students for his efficient handling of the athletic program. Under his charge the College rose to national prominence in competition. Brother Richard served faithfully and was known for his devotion to St. Francis College and to the students who came to him to talk about themselves, their careers, their hopes and ideals. From 1951 until 1962, Brother served as porter at St. Francis Monastery. Again he showed his faithfulness to the assignment of his Superiors and rarely missed his daily tasks. Ill health plagued him during these years but he maintained his faithfulness to his obligations and was therefore a source of edification to those with whom he came in contact. Another of Brother Richard's contributions to the Congregation was the manner in which he directed and administered Camp Alvernia for more than twenty years. He developed a program for the camp which permitted the young men to enjoy a summer and to return to their homes edified by their contact with the Brothers. In March of 1962 Brother Richard's health demanded a change of scene and he was assigned to the Novitiate at Brookville. It was here that Brother made one of his greatest contributions to the Congregation. His cheerfulness and ability to accept each day as it came was a source of constant edification to the Brothers at the Novitiate. When illness befell him on January 8, 1963, the prayers of the Novices was for his recovery and his return to their midst. Providence had other plans and claimed this humble and simple son of St. Francis on January 14, 1963.