The District of San Francisco New Orleans (SFNO) celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Brothers’ arrival in San Francisco, California, on March 16, 2019, in San Francisco. This is the second such anniversary to be celebrated in SFNO, with the first being held in New Orleans on July 28, 2018, to mark the 100th year of the Brothers’ continuous presence in Louisiana.
Both celebrations had the same theme, “Procuring God’s Glory from Generation to Generation,” and both were organized to recognize the achievements of the Brothers in their respective states and to celebrate with local Lasallians.
The California celebration included a Mass, at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, and was concelebrated by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and Bishop Thomas Daly of the Diocese of Spokane, where the Brothers received recognition and thanks for their many years of service in the Archdiocese. Mass was followed by a public reception at the cathedral. A luncheon honoring some of SFNO’s Brother Jubilarians was also held.
Events at the Louisiana gathering included meals, Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi, a 1967 graduate of De La Salle High School in New Orleans, and a reception at the Old Ursuline Convent Museum. The Museum’s major exhibit, “The Church in the Crescent: Three Hundred Years of Catholicism in New Orleans,” includes a special section on the Brothers’ history in Louisiana.