A permanent home for the Brothers will soon rise at De La Salle Health Sciences Institute.
On September 4, the grounds for Maison De La Salle, an assisted residential facility for De La Salle Brothers who have retired from active apostolate, has now been blessed in the presence of Ms. Gretchen Cojuangco, wife of benefactor Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco who gave a sizable donation for the construction of the state-of-the-art facility as his loving gift for the Brothers.
“Danding and I consider it an honor to be able to make this contribution through San Miguel Corporation. A medical care facility that the Brothers need after their many years of service is indeed a noteworthy project. Dedicating their lives to education and the communities is never an easy task. But for over a century now, the Lasallian Brothers have selflessly given their time and commitment to the cause, following in the footsteps of our Patron, St. John Baptist De La Salle. Danding and I wish to thank Br. Gus for inviting us to play a role in the establishment of Maison De La Salle. This is the little that we can do for the Lasallian Brothers who have given so much of their lives so that ours can be better,” said Gretchen Cojuangco.
When completed, Maison De La Salle will have function rooms, a physical fitness room, a massage room, a hobby room, a studio and exhibit hall, medical clinic, library/music/IT Room, a chapel in the garden with a short covered walk, and a swimming pool with Jacuzzi, that shall provide the best comfort for ailing Brothers. The facility will also have 17 regular well-equipped air-conditioned bedrooms and three convalescent air-conditioned bedrooms for the residents. The facility will also provide an ideal healing environment for younger Brothers who will need medical assistance, therapy, or are convalescing after undergoing medical procedures.
When it becomes fully-operational, Maison De La Salle will be manned by a complete medical staff from the De La Salle University Medical Center, the Colleges of Medicine, Rehabilitation Sciences, Nursing and Midwifery, and Medical Radiologic Technology.
DLSHSI President Br. Gus Boquer promised that the center will be “inspiring.” “It is a place that when you come in, you will know that God is here. The Brothers will commune with the Lord everyday and will be happy. No one will be idle. They will be working in the data center of the alumni directory of the world, chatting, they will be counselors on call for students, they will visit the patients at the hospital. There’ll be all kinds of opportunities, including arts, music, and others,” said Br. Gus.
The center will be the last assignment of the Brothers, he added. “They’ll know where they will be at the end, and that they will be well-taken cared of, with love, respect, affection befitting the dignity of one who has given up everything for God’s service, without asking for anything in return. And they will know they will be with the best physicians of this nation.”