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Celebrating 300 years of St. La Salle’s legacy

June 21, 2019 | 11:06 am

De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute joined Lasallians from other La Salle schools in Luzon in a solemn eucharistic celebration to commemorate the tercentenary of the death of its founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle, held on April 10 at Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila.

 

Prior to the mass, the formal tercentenary celebrations commenced with the arrival of the relic of St. John Baptist de La Salle at the Manila Cathedral. The relic of the founder will be hosted in various churches where La Salle schools are located throughout the following year until it is permanently enshrined at the DLSU Science and Technology Complex in Laguna.

In his homily, Archbishop of Manila, His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said, “We are celebrating not only the mission spread all over the world through the education of the poor and education of children. What I personally celebrate is how he cared for children who tried hard, even to the point of being severe to himself, in order to be a child, in order to be one of those poor people that he was serving. And it is this transformation of self that led him and his community, and those they are serving, to be a catalyst in social and cultural transformation.”

Brother Visitor of the Lasallian East Asia District (LEAD) Br. Edmundo Fernandez FSC in his thanksgiving message reminded his fellow Lasallians that “This year, we are encouraged to promote in a more active way our vocation
of teaching minds, touching hearts, and transforming lives. God knows we need good teachers who will walk with the young minds entrusted to us. Especially at this time, we need teachers who will accompany our students and
pupils with love and who will teach them the importance of truth, justice, and value for life.

Finally, in this year of vocations, I encourage you to remember the Brothers and the Lasallian partners who have gone before us and who have been examples of love and commitment. “…I particularly had a history teacher who made history come alive and a science teacher who made exploration and discovery exciting. I am sure you all have your own personal heroes as you were growing up as a student. May their example make us better, more loving Lasallian teachers.”

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