Beyond the Borders is the theme of the autumn 2019 issue of De La Salle Today. In May 2019, the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools introduced the Beyond the Borders initiatives, a series of projects that spread across all five Regions serving those most in need.
This issue explains the background and significance of the Beyond the Borders initiatives and tells the stories of the transformative initiatives that are part of it. First, you’ll learn about the two projects in the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN): El Otro Lado at the U.S.-Mexico border and OKI-NI-SOO-KA-WA Blackfeet Immersion at De La Salle Blackfeet School in Montana. Then, you’ll read about the projects in the other four Regions.
From there, we look at other ways in which we go beyond the borders in RELAN. First, we show you how the twinning program has been connecting young people in RELAN and the Lwanga District of Africa for 25 years. Then, we look at a different kind of border: financial. You’ll hear from all six Lasallian colleges and universities in the United States about how they stop financial struggles from standing between students in need and higher education. We also share examples of how secondary schools are going beyond the borders through innovative efforts within the walls of their schools and beyond.
Finally, we focus on Brother James Miller, FSC, who went beyond his borders to serve the poor in dangerous conditions and, as a result, died a martyr in 1982 in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. Ahead of his December beatification, we hear from two people who were close with Brother James.