Holy Cross Brother Charles McBride died on July 14 after suffering from recent heart and respiratory health issues.
In June Brother Charles McBride marked his 57 years since taking his religious vows as a member of the religious order the Congregation of Holy Cross.
Brother McBride spent 25 years serving the Archdiocese of Anchorage from 1979 to 2004, most of those years as the director of communications. At the invitation of then Anchorage Archbishop Francis Hurley, Brother McBride came to Alaska with Brother John McMuldren and Harold Ruplinger to operate St. Theresa Summer Camp in Soldotna and begin a youth ministry program.
The highlight of his 25 years of service in Alaska was the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1981. Brother McBride also was chairman of the GCI CREDO ecumenical religion cable channel for over 22 years in Anchorage.
A native of Chicago, Brother McBride joined the Holy Cross congregation in 1954 after a year at Holy Trinity High School in Chicago. He was the last high school graduate of the Brothers’ Juniorate program in Watertown, Wisconsin in 1957.
He made his first vows January 26, 1958 at St. Joseph Novitiate, Rolling Prairie, Indiana. Over the years Brother McBride served in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Anchorage. Most recently he served as the communications director for the Midwest Province. Besides teaching U.S. History and journalism, the major work of Brother McBride over the years had been in the areas of communications, public relations, photography and student recruitment.
Funeral plans are being arranged. Details will follow.