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Lasallians Reflect During Catholic Schools Week

Catholic_Schools_WeekNational Catholic Schools Week (January 25 – 31, 2015) is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States dating back to 1974. This year’s theme is Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service. During Catholic Schools Week, educators and students in Lasallian schools are pausing to reflect on how being a part of a Lasallian, Catholic experience has impacted them. Saint John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Lasallian mission, is patron saint of teachers.

From Students:

Cameron Rosenecker, Saint Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, Buffalo, NY

CameronCameron Rosenecker, a senior at Saint Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, explains why Lasallian ministry defines St. Joe’s and how it has impacted him.

“Without the amazing things that this school has to offer, I don’t think I would ever have been able to progress in my faith and to see myself as the young man that I am today.” Watch >

Students at De La Salle Academy, Concord, CA

DLSAFive students at De La Salle Academy in Concord, California, share written reflections on how their experiences at the school influence their faith and plans for their lives.

“Since the first day of school I knew my life would be changed.” – Alex R. Read >

Olivia Winters, La Salle Academy, Providence, RI

OliviaOlivia Winters, a senior at La Salle Academy in Providence, explains how praying together as Lasallians unites her school.

“Praying before every class and at the beginning and at the end of the day, I think it unites the school and it brings all of the students and faculty into solidarity under the mission of John Baptist de La Salle.” Watch >

Rachael N. Tracey ’14, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL

RachaelRachael N. Tracey ’14, a graduate student and graduate assistant at Lewis University, shares how her experience is helping her grow.

“I have had countless opportunities to develop my leadership and association abilities … Most importantly, I have been able to serve others in the spirit of the Lasallian educational mission.” Read >

From Educators:

Brother Armand Alcazar, FSC, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL

Brother ArmandBrother Armand Alcazar, FSC, theology professor at Lewis University, talks about a quote from St. La Salle that inspires him.

“Every so often, not every day, I look out at my students’ faces and see that we’ve connected. That our hearts have touched. And when this happens, I experience no greater joy.” Watch >

Maggie Naughton, La Salle Academy, Providence, RI

MaggieMaggie Naughton, campus minister and teacher at La Salle Academy in Providence, explains how working at a Lasallian school has affected her.

“All of our students need us in whatever capacity that we can work with them.” Watch >