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New Tutoring Program Takes Flight in Las Vegas

October 7, 2015

Br. Rob Robertson moved west to Las Vegas over the summer, to begin a new career as

Br. Rob Robertson, CSV, works closely with Associate Rosy Hartz in Campus Ministry

Br. Rob Robertson, CSV, works closely with Associate Rosy Hartz in Campus Ministry

a junior high counselor at St. Viator Catholic Community — after serving teens at Saint Viator High School for 20 years.

And already, he’s coming up with new ways to help his students succeed.

This fall, Br. Rob launched a homework and study help program — for junior high students — offered Monday through Thursdays immediately after school in the library.

He drew students from nearby Bishop

Br. Dan Tripamer, CSV, helps a student with math homework

Br. Dan Tripamer, CSV, helps a student with math homework

Gorman Catholic School to serve as tutors, as well as Viatorian associates in the area, including Associates Connie Gerber and Sonja Brouwers, Pre-Associates Megan Landis and Anthony Gugino, Br. Dan Tripamer and Donna McLeish.

“Br. Rob has been a true blessing to St. Viator School,” says Principal Tracy Brunelle. “He has been assisting us in so many ways.”

In his role as a school counselor, Br. Rob encourages students to be open to new opportunities, and on this, he speaks from the heart.

He relates back to his first job, when he was hired by Fr. Robert Erickson, CSV, to teach at Griffin High School in Springfield, IL. The job introduced him to the Viatorians — and the Catholic faith.geography tutoring math problems

Br. Rob went on to convert to Catholicism and in 1987 he took his first vows as a religious brother.

“My life has been more rewarding than I ever could have imagined on that day when I walked through those doors of Griffin High School,” Br. Rob said in 2012, reflecting on his 25 years of religious life.

“As a young man, I certainly had no idea that God had a plan of religious vocation for me,” he added. “God certainly work in mysterious ways.”