Brother Dominic Augustine, F.S.C
(April 1, 1900 – December 4, 1963)
Brother Dominic Augustine was born on April 1, 1900 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. In 1926, he received his Bachelor of Arts degrees from St. Thomas College and served on the faculty of the institution after it became the University of Scranton. He also studied at the Catholic University of America, receiving his Master’s Degree in 1928, and returning there for his Doctorate in 1941.
In that same year, he also joined the LaSalle faculty and become chairman of the Department of Sociology in 1948. For many years he was director of Student Organizations and moderator of Student Council and the campus delegation to the National Federation of Catholic College Students (N.F.C.C.S.). He was also the Secretary General of the Christian Brothers Education Association from 1947-1951.
Brother Augustine was published in several journals including the Catholic Sociological Review, the Journal of Religious Instruction and the Christian Brothers Education Association. He was also the author of a book entitled, Youth in a Catholic Parish.
Brother Augustine was also a passionate advocate for interracial justice, the young and the poor. At his eulogy, Reverend Mark Heath, then La Salle Chaplain remarked, “God will welcome [Brother Augustine] into that perfect society of truth, justice, love and liberty, in which there is no hunger, discrimination, sickness, or delinquency; that community for which he taught and labored so much in this life.” Brother Augustine is well remembered for his kindly guidance by many alumni who were active in student government and inter-campus politics in their undergraduate days.
“Brother Augustine, the sociologist who discovered black was beautiful before most blacks did, and was a fighter for interracial justice back in the 40s…” Mr. Keenen, LaSalle Magazine, Spring 1981
“…Brother Augustine was trying to impress the sons of immigrants with the plight of the American Negro and the need for interracial justice. Brother Gus was a leader in the fight for justice for black people. He was a sweet, simple man of faith, and there were those among us who quickly learned the value of putting JMJ or AMDG at the top of our papers in sociology. His pious practices might have belonged to an earlier day, but his social conscience was years ahead of most Americans’ thinking at the time.” A Matter of People, John Keenan, LaSalle Magazine, Spring 1988