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Teaching Resources to mark the Canonisation of Blessed Solomon

Posted on 6 September 2016
Teaching Resources to mark the Canonisation of Blessed Solomon

As Lasallians around the world prepare to mark the canonisation of Blessed Solomon next month, an illustrated biography has been produced to help teachers as they prepare classes to mark this historic event.

"In the whirlwind of the French Revolution: Brother Solomon Leclerq" was written by Br Mario Chiarapini fsc with illustrations produced by Carla Pollastri.

There is also an accompanying booklet which includes more information on his life.

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.

He will be canonised by Pope Francis in a ceremony at St Peter's Square in Rome on 16 October.

Like our Founder, St John Baptist de la Salle, Brother 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.

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 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.

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