Today (7th April) is a particularly special day for Lasallians around the world as we give thanks for the life of our inspirational founder, the Patron Saint of Teachers, John Baptist de la Salle.
When he founded the Brothers in France in 1679, no-one could conceivably imagine the sheer scope of the Lasallian mission 300 years later.
John Baptist de la Salle gave up personal wealth and possessions to establish a network of schools to educate students from disadvantaged backgrounds in France.
At the time of his death in 1719 at the age of 67, there were already 26 Brothers' communities in France, with 22 schools, teaching five thousand students throughout France.
But could the Founder himself have conceived that today, the Lasallian Mission extends to 77 countries, with nearly 1000 schools, educating 960 thousand students.
In our own District, nearly 20 thousand students are benefiting everyday from a Lasallian education across 33 schools.
And that mission extends beyond schools to now encompass welfare and employment programs through yourtown and aid projects through the Lasallian Foundation.
Let us give thanks then as we reflect today on the Founder's legacy and how we are seeking to keep the Lasallian charism alive today in our schools and works.
As St John Baptist de la Salle wrote:
"Hold prayer in high esteem. It is the foundation of all the virtues and the source of all grace needed to sanctify ourselves and to discharge the duties of our employment".
Live Jesus in our Hearts Forever!