As a College community, we stand firmly within a Christian interpretation of life and faith. We respect the religious affiliation of all members of the community and provide every opportunity for students to explore and develop their Christian faith, should they choose to.
“To touch the hearts of the young and to inspire them with the Christian spirit is the greatest miracle you can perform, and it is the one God asks of you; it is the purpose of your work with the young”.
So spoke our founder and patron saint of all educators, St John Baptist de La Salle, to his Brothers on the vital importance that the College places on encouraging its students to seek a relationship with Christ. It is a central element of our students’ maturing towards manhood.
Our College Chaplain facilitates a Sacramental Program for all students from Year 4 to 12. Students are challenged to think about and explore their Christian understanding and commitment through:
- celebration of the Eucharist
- various prayer experiences.
The Changing Landscape for Catholic Colleges
Recent statements by Australian Catholic Bishops remind us of the importance of the Catholic ethos of a College such as De La Salle. In recent years, fewer of our boys come from families in close contact with their local parish. Whereas once it could be assumed that education in the Christian tradition grew out of a strong partnership of parents with the parish, the reality now is often quite different.
As a result, attending De La Salle College is, for many boys, their prime exposure to the Catholic faith. It will be their principal time of formal contact with Christian teaching, and it is hoped that many may then make a stronger parish connection.
Modern students are also more exposed than ever to the world around them. This can be a challenge at times, but it motivates our educators to seek creative ways of securing our students’ interest in matters of faith.