Brother Richard was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 10, 1942 to Catherine (nee Bianchino) and Albert Angarola. His older brother Donald pre-deceased him. Richard is survived by his loving niece Donna Angarola Marino, Donna’s husband, Paul Marino, and Mary Angarola, his loving sister-in-law.
Upon graduating from Saint Catherine of Alexandria Elementary School in 1956, Richard attended Saint Michael’s Diocesan High School. He first met the Xaverian Brothers there. After his freshman year, he left home and entered Saint Joseph Juniorate in Leonardtown, MD, a program for high schoolers interested in becoming a Brother. In 1960 Richard graduated from Ryken High School. In July 1960, he entered Sacred Heart Novitiate also in Leonardtown. On September 8, 1960, he received the Xaverian habit and religious name, ‘Brother Robert.’ Upon completing the novitiate, he continued his formation at Xaverian College in Silver Spring, MD, earning his BA in French from the Catholic University of America in 1966.
Richard’s first teaching assignment was at Saint Xavier High School in Louisville, KY. There he taught Latin, French, religion and history and also moderated the Student Council. He also served as Retreat Director. While at Saint Xavier, he earned his MA in Education at Spalding University.
Richard contributed to the mission of Xaverian education as a teacher, and retreat director at Saint Xavier, as an administrator and teacher at Saint Mary’s Ryken, as a teacher and counselor at Xaverian and Nazareth. He also ministered at Joliet Catholic, a Carmelite high school in Illinois. He was also principal at Sacred Heart School in Lombard, IL. He shared ‘home’ and remained faithfully in contact with students and teachers in each of those places. If you were his friend, he was your friend for life. Richard also served the former Central Province as Development Director, Director of Ryken House, and Director of Volunteer Ministries.