Founder’s Day 2015 — Friday 15 May

Founder’s Day is approaching fast!

Rides Dodgem cars, boxing and dunking machine!

Wristbands for rides include unlimited passes to dodgem cars and boxing ring, with $1 only for the dunking machine. Free lunch of either a sausage and a can, or a pie and a can.

Hip hop workshop Learn some hip hop moves with hip-hop dancer extraordinaire Angie Bear Dance Luff. She will be conducting a free workshop in the canteen from 10.30–11.30am. Sign up and get involved!





Raffle Buy a raffle to win the following amazing prizes

1st — Samsung Galaxy Tab S (Thanks To Office Works)

2nd — Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (Thanks To Office Works)

3rd — 2 Medallion Footy tickets (Thanks to Channel 7)

4th — NBA Jersey and $20 voucher to Giorgio’s

5th — NBA Jersey

6th, 7th and 8th — $20 voucher to Giorgio’s

Prices $2 for 1, $5 for 3, $10 for 10

Miss Haylene Peipert
College Leaders Coordinator


Founder profiles

On 15 May 2015 De La Salle College will celebrate Founder’s Day. The theme of our celebration is ‘mentoring’. As part of the preparation for our Mass, I ask that you take a few minutes of your time to reflect on the various people who have helped model our Lasallian charism. It is these men who have stood the test of time because of their leadership, commitment to education, and devotion, not only to the ideals of the Founder, but more importantly to building up the Kingdom of God preached by Jesus Christ. It is this ‘Kingdom’ — one that preaches tolerance, morality, love, acceptance, empathy and forgiveness – that each Brother and Priest who helped establish our Lasallian charism models for our students. They are your sons’ mentors.

Mr Graeme Pender
Faith and Liturgy Coordinator

Br Benilde was born in France in 1805 and became a De La Salle Brother in 1820. Small as he was, he was known as a strict but fair disciplinarian. His extraordinary religious sense was evident to everyone: at Mass with the students in the parish church, teaching catechism, preparing boys for first communion, visiting and praying with the sick, and rumours of near-miraculous cures. He was especially effective in attracting religious vocations. He died in 1862. At his beatification, Pope Pius XII stressed that his sanctification was attained by enduring “the terrible daily grind” and by “doing common things in an uncommon way.” Br Benilde was declared Blessed on 4 April 1942 and was canonized on 29 October 1967.


Br Dunstan Drumm left Waterford in 1911 for Malvern accompanied by two other De La Salle Brothers: Br Leopold Loughran and Jerome Foley. The day after arriving in Melbourne, Br Dunstan and the other two Brothers began teaching fifty-four students in St Joseph’s Parish Hall. He was the first Headmaster of De La Salle College from 1912–1917. He returned to Ireland in 1922 and died in the UK in 1952. In 1972, the Br Dunstan Drumm Administration building was opened on High Street by the College Chaplain Father Les Troy, CM.

Br Jerome Foley entered the De La Salle Brothers in 1903 and took his first vows in 1904. Jerome and two other Brothers arrived in Melbourne on 4 February 1912. Next day they began teaching in the parish hall at Malvern. By Easter they had moved into a new building in Stanhope Street West. Jerome was an inspirational teacher with a passion for the natural sciences and mathematics, devoting himself primarily to the education of boys from lower-middle and working-class families. In 1946–58 he was the Order’s provincial for Australasia and Papua. Founding ten schools, thereby extending the Order to Papua, New Zealand and three other states in Australia, as well as a teachers’ training college at Castle Hill, Sydney. Brother Jerome died on 9 September 1975 in Brisbane.

Br Edward Gehrig was born in 1925 and became a De La Salle Brother after serving in the RAAF during World War II. He was appointed to De La Salle Malvern in 1951 and taught mathematics there for 20 years. Br Gehrig became the College Headmaster for six years. After leaving Malvern, he taught in various Lasallian schools in New South Wales and died in 2008.



Fr Simon Hegarty was the parish priest of St Joseph’s Malvern and belonged to the Vincentian Order. Through negotiations Fr Hegarty announced a boy’s school was to be established, conducted by the De La Salle Brothers. Fr Hegarty volunteered his services as War Chaplain in 1914 and later returned to Ireland where he died in 1935.


Born in 1854, (Br Miguel) Francisco Febres Corderobecame the first native of Ecuador to be received into the De La Salle Order. Taking the name Miguel, Cordero became a gifted teacher and academic. When he was not quite twenty years old, he published the first of his many books: a Spanish grammar book that soon became a standard text. Miguel’s research and publications in the field of literature and linguistics put him in touch with scholars all over the world and he was granted membership in the National Academies of Ecuador and Spain. Despite high academic honors, teaching remained his first priority, especially his classes in religion and for the children he prepared for first communion. His students admired his simplicity, his directness, pastoral care and the intensity of his devotion to the Sacred Heart and the Virgin Mary. Brother Miguel died in 1910.

Fr Nicholas Roland together with his good friend John Baptist de La Salle, worked and co-founded the Sister’s of the Child Jesus Congregation. Fr Roland used to celebrate Mass each day in the Motherhouse of the nuns and work in the local orphanage. The Sisters treasure the death mask of Fr Roland who, because of his humility, refused to allow his portrait to be painted. Having been too harsh on his own health, he succumbed to an epidemic in the orphanage. After his death in 1678, de La Salle wrote the preface to the published works of Roland, and subsequently enabled the Sisters to secure official recognition as a Congregation.


Br Solomon Leclercq was born at Boulogne, France on 14 November 1745. After becoming a De La Salle Brother, Solomon eventually became the secretary to Brother Agathon, the Superior General, after having been a teacher, director and bursar. He always showed a great love for people and a great passion for his work. Having refused to take an oath to support the Civil Constitution of France, Br Solomon lived alone in Paris in secrecy until he was arrested on 15 August 1792 and imprisoned in a Carmelite monastery together with several bishops and priests. On 2 September 1792, Br Solomon and almost all the prisoners were killed by the sword in the monastery garden. He was beatified on 17 October 1926, together with 188 of his fellow martyrs.


St Vincent de Paul was born in 1581 in France to a family of peasant farmers. He became a Catholic priest and dedicated himself to a lifetime of service to the poor. St Vincent was renowned for his compassion, humility, and generosityand is known as the ‘Great Apostle of Charity’. In 1622 he became chaplain to the galley slaves from North Africa, then later founded the Congregation of the Mission – known as the Vincentian Fathers. He was passionate in conducting retreats for clergy and was a pioneer in clerical training, and was instrumental in establishing seminaries. Vincent de Paul died at Paris on 27 September 1660.



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