The Lasallian mission touches the hearts of students by providing inclusive, faith-filled communities led by dedicated educators who are attentive to the needs of students. It is in these environments where students—and educators—share in transformative experiences that prepare them for life, work and service. Below are just a few examples of the innovative ways in which the Lasallian mission has transformed lives.
San Miguel Student’s Lasallian Journey Comes Full Circle
Meet Johnny Kue, a lifelong Lasallian whose journey began among the first group of students to attend the San Miguel School of Providence, Rhode Island, when it opened in 1993. Nearly 30 years later, Kue now serves the school community as graduate support coordinator and admissions coordinator. After he graduated from San Miguel, he studied criminology in hopes of helping youth stay out of trouble. This degree was put to good use for 15 years at Ocean Tides School, a Lasallian school for young men who require residential placement and supervision, where he found community and grew to know the students well. When a providential position opened up at San Miguel, he intentionally rejoined this community, paying forward what he received as a student.
Generations of Lasallian Students Inspire One Another in SFNO
Hear from three educators from the District of San Francisco New Orleans as they share their stories of how each generation inspires the next, pointing to one specific person who accompanied them along the way. For Emily Heaverlo, that person is Ted Kanelopoulos, now president of La Salle High School in Union Gap, Washington. First her teacher and role model, Kanelopoulos is now her colleague, as Heaverlo returned to her alma mater on staff and currently serves as a vice principal. Kanelopoulos’ Lasallian journey was similarly inspired by Brother Michael Avila, FSC, who walked with him throughout an internship through Saint Mary’s College of California and later as director of postulants. Each of these Lasallians have overlapping experiences of connection, invitation and inspiration all demonstrating the relational character of Lasallian education—something that will continue to grow for generations.
Lasallian Mentorship in Francophone Canada Across Generations
Witness the Lasallian mission embodied throughout a trio of men at Camp De-La-Salle in Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez, Québec. Immersed in the Lasallian mission at a young age, Antoine Béland started as a camper and later counselor at Camp De-La-Salle. He continued to grow in his vocation to serve as international coordinator of Young Lasallians. Throughout every step, Béland was inspired and accompanied by mentor and current general director of Camp De-La-Salle Martin Lapointe. Involved in the camp for almost 30 years, Lapointe felt at home with the Brothers from an early age. He embraced the charism through both serving as an educator and through the community of Brothers, including his mentor Brother Robert Lavallée, FSC, who served as the camp’s general manager from 1978 to 2014. That sense of commitment to service in the next generation is inspired and cultivated by caring adults, as these three men experienced themselves and now pass on to the generations to come.
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