Faith and Mission

Message of Pope Francis to the De La Salle Brothers and Lasallian Family

As Lasallians, and in line with our Catholic Teachings and Lasallian Charism, we are drawn to listening to the Spirit in our lives and nurturing an active response from all those we encounter in our community. 

The imperative to respond to “the least, the last, and the lost” is integral to all Lasallians. 

Recently, Pope Francis welcomed De La Salle Brothers, lay Lasallians and groups of students, where he referred to St John Baptist De La Salle as “a pioneer in the field of education, who created an innovative education system for his time” and stating, that his “legacy is still remarkable today for its vision of the school, the concept of the teacher and innovative teaching methods.”

Furthermore, in news from the Vatican, Pope Francis addressed the De La Salle Brothers on the Anniversary of the Tercentenary of the Founder St John Baptist de La Salle, asking them to “continue their passion to educate those discarded by society and…provide hope for a new life.”

Please click here to read the message from Pope Francis. 

Click here to read the article from the Vatican News.

In this Tercentenary year, our hearts and minds are opened as educators by the inspiration of St John Baptist de La Salle. As he described the founding work of St John Baptist de La Salle, Pope Francis’ words remind us that “Teaching cannot be just a job, but a mission.” A Lasallian education is based on God’s love, asking us to have unconditional regard for one another, just as God has unconditional regard for us. Relationships are at the core of our work. We recognise that we are brother and sister to one another, in an academic and spiritual environment where the wellbeing of every student is at the centre. 

Live Jesus in our hearts! 

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission 

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