Posted by Br David Hawke
on 7 April 2019
Today throughout our Lasallian world we celebrate three hundred years since the death of John Baptist de La Salle at St Yon in Rouen on Good Friday 1719. Across the four Sectors of the District we give thanks for St John Baptist de La Salle, Patron of Teachers. We celebrate all that we have inherited from him.
In introducing us to this Tercentenary Year and Year of Lasallian Vocations, Br Robert Schieler, Superior General wrote:
One Heart reminds us that as educators we have a responsibility to touch the hearts of children. It also reminds us that like the first Brothers we are communities of educators associated from the heart.
One Commitment renews our call to provide a human and Christian education to the poor, the young and adults entrusted to our care and try to be good educators in all that we do.
One Life shares our hope for the Lasallian mission and brings to mind how we should follow De La Salle's footprints by answering God's calls in our lives just as De La Salle did in his day.
As it is Sunday, perhaps we could take a little time to reflect on the theme of the Tercentenary Year in order that it does not become merely a slogan on paper but engraved on our hearts as we recommit to the mission that we have inherited from our Founder.
As this is the Year of Lasallian Vocations, let's reflect on our own vocation whether it be a teacher, social worker, Brother, Lasallian volunteer, administrator, youth minister, lecturer, ancillary person, whatever. Let us give thanks that we are part of a worldwide Lasallian family dedicated to youth and others who are "far from salvation."
During this year I invite you to promote actively Lasallian Vocations, not to forget that this includes the vocation of the Brother.
I am impressed by the events planned across the District to celebrate this special year and I thank each of you for your involvement in and contribution to the Lasallian mission in the District.
St John Baptist de La Salle..Pray for Us.
Live Jesus in our hearts.Forever.
Br David Hawke FSC