Lasallians around the world will be honouring the martyred French De La Salle Brother, Solomon Le Clerq who will be canonised by Pope Francis in a ceremony at St Peter's Square in Rome on 16 October.
Many Lasallian colleges across our District have inter-school houses named in honour of Blessed Solomon who worked for several years as a teacher in schools throughout France in the 18th century.
Like our Founder, St John Baptist de la Salle, Brothers Solomon (born Nicholas Leclerq) renounced a life of privilege to pursue a religious vocation.
In the summer of 1792, Brother Solomon was among many priests and religious who were imprisoned and martyred as part of the suppression of Christianity during the French Revolution.
To mark the upcoming canonisation, a prayer booklet has been produced by Br Mandy Dujunco from the Malvern Brothers' community who is currently completing his PhD in Theology in Melbourne.
The booklet is a great credit to Br Mandy and contains hymns, readings and prayers that will help schools and Brothers communities mark this special celebration for the global Lasallian family.
Brother Solomon was beatified by Pope Pius XI in 1926, together with 188 fellow martyrs.
He was the first De La Salle Brother to be beatified and his feast day is celebrated on 2 September.
In the lead up to the canonisation ceremony on 16 October, the Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino will lead a prepatory ceremony on 15 October at the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome.
On the day after the canonisation ceremony, a Mass of Thanksgiving will be held at the Motherhouse in Rome with the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin the principal celebrant.
In March this year, a medical consultant from the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints examined a case involving a miraculous cure which had been attributed to the intercession of Blessed Solomon.
It was the case of a Venezuelan girl who had been miraculously cured after having been bitten by a venomous snake.
The declaration of the miracle in this case paved the way for the Canonisation of Brother Solomon.