We invite you to read this new issue of De La Salle Today, which focuses on the Year of Consecrated Life. The Year of Consecrated Life coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, and the Decree on the Adaptation and Renewal of Religious Life, Perfectae Caritatis. When Pope Francis declared November 30, 2014 – February 2, 2016, as the Year of Consecrated Life, he outlined three goals in his November 2014 Apostolic Letter to All Consecrated People on the Occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life: to look to the past with gratitude, to live the present with passion, and to embrace the future with hope.
In this issue, as we look to the past with gratitude, we visit how the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools has evolved over the past 50 years in light of the Second Vatican Council and with the 1967 release of “The Brother of the Christian Schools in the World Today: A Declaration.” As we live the present with passion, we highlight Brothers who live their vocation beyond the borders and transform lives in overseas ministries. As we embrace the future with hope, we introduce you to five young men who entered the novitiate on August 1, 2015, as they take another step in their journeys of discerning consecrated life as Brothers.
This issue also highlights the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, a pilgrimage taken in July 2015 by Brothers and young men discerning their vocation from the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN) and the District of Spain-Portugal (ARLEP).
We hope this issue takes you back in time, energizes you with how the mission is so passionately being lived today, and propels your hopes for future vocations. We extend our thanks to the many Brothers who have dedicated their lives to the Lasallian mission as they joyfully celebrate this year of renewal.