Founder’s Day commemorates St. John Baptist de La Salle’s legacy, heritage and charism. On May 15, 1900, our founder was canonized a saint. Fifty years later, he was declared the “Special Patron of All Teachers of Youth” in the Catholic Church by Pope Pius XII.
Lasallian ministries throughout the world have organized festivities to celebrate this significant event in the history of the Institute. In the USAT Region, the occasion will be extra special for two Lasallian schools that are celebrating their 50th anniversary. Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa, OK and Christian Brothers School in New Orleans, LA.
Bishop Kelley honored Brothers who served at the school
and Brothers who currently teach there.
The Brothers were given Anniversary books.
Other schools host week-long celebrations with Masses and prayers, including Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, CA, La Salle High School in Yakima, WA, St. Raymond High School for Boys in Bronx, NY, and St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, NY. La Salle High School in Yakima also includes community service while St. Joe’s adds on fundraisers for its twin school and games for students.
On this occasion, several schools will honor exceptional students and/or faculty including Montini Catholic in Lombard, IL, St. Joseph High School in West Chester, IL, De La Salle High School in Concord, CA and Archbishop O’Hara High School in Kansas City, MO.
Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, TN celebrated Founder’s Week in April by honoring faculty members who have served between five and 30 years. A special Mass celebrated by clergy alumni was also held.
Totino-Grace High School in Fridley, MN held a special Mass which was
celebrated by Minneapolis/St. Paul Archdiocese Bishop Lee Piche’.
Students from 19 Lasallian schools submitted images for a Lasallian Art Contest. Congratulations to Corey Turek from St. Patrick High School in Chicago who created the winning image pictured here. See the top winners.