Lasallians throughout the world will come together in 2019 to celebrate the Year of Lasallian Vocations with the theme “De La Salle: One Heart, One Commitment, One Life.”
The Year of Lasallian Vocations marks the 300th anniversary of Saint John Baptist de La Salle’s entry into eternal life and celebrates the impact of the mission he started. The yearlong celebration will take place during the 2018-2019 liturgical year, beginning on December 2, 2018, with Advent and concluding on November 24, 2019, with the feast of Christ the King.
Goals of the Year
- Celebrate and give thanks for our common heritage and our vitality through our association for the transformative human and Christian education of the young, especially the poor.
- Renew our commitment to respond to the reality and needs of today through promoting our mission, charism, and founding story.
- Share our hope for the future within the unity and diversity of Lasallian vocations by witnessing the movement of the Spirit in our lives and ministry.
Poster, Graphics, Font
The 300 represents the year’s theme, “De La Salle: One Heart, One Commitment, One Life.”
A poster is available to help commemorate the Year of Lasallian Vocations. Ministries are welcome to customize the poster by changing the pictures at the bottom, along with adding your ministry logo, website and text in the white space at the bottom. We ask that you do not delete the Lasallian Education logo or alter any other parts of this poster. Download the poster in English. Download the poster in French. Address any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use #300LaSalle on social media to highlight activities related to the Year of Lasallian Vocations. Download the graphic >
A new font, Indivisa Manet, is now available for use by the Lasallian family. The free font features 28 variants, including 16 for reading and 12 for impact texts, along with serif and sans serif options. Learn more and download the font >
The Holy See has declared 2019 as a Lasallian Jubilee Year to offer the opportunity to express our faith through concrete actions in favor of those most in need. The Jubilee Year is taking place November 17, 2018 – December 31, 2019.
A new biography on Saint John Baptist de La Salle, entitled Walking Together, is now available. The book is seen through the eyes of Brother Jean Jacquot, FSC, a student in a parish school run by the first Brothers. The story is accompanied by historical notes, biographies, icons, photos, maps and writings of De La Salle. The digital book can be downloaded in English, French, Spanish and Italian.
Three prayer services created by the Regional Vocation Formation Committee are now available. The prayer services are for use in ministries and communities, with each of the three focusing on one of the three aspects of the theme.
Download the first prayer service >
Download the second prayer service >
Download the third prayer service >
“Our Founding Story” originally appeared in the special De La Salle Today on the Year of Lasallian Vocations. Read the article >
Celebrations and Events
Events are being planned throughout the world to celebrate the Year of Lasallian Vocations, including:
November 17, 2018 – December 31, 2019: Jubilee Year
The Holy See has declared 2019 as a Jubilee Year to offer the opportunity to express our faith through concrete actions in favor of those most in need. Read Brother Robert’s letter >
December 2, 2018: Opening
The Year of Lasallian Vocations opens December 2, 2018. Lasallians are encouraged to plan a prayer service for that day. Access resources >
January 22, 2019: Lasallian Gathering at World Youth Day
Lasallians from around the world will gather at La Salle School in Panama City. More details >
March 14-16, 2019: World Congress of Lasallian Education
Themed “Lasallian Education for the 21st Century,” the World Congress of Lasallian Education will take place at Universidad La Salle in Mexico City and will help inform the development of the Declaration of Lasallian Pedagogy. Read more >
November 24, 2019: Closing
The Year of Lasallian Vocations closes November 24, 2019. Lasallians are encouraged to plan a prayer service for that day. Access resources >
April 7: Rouen, France, the date and location of De La Salle’s passing
April 30: Reims, France, the date and location of De La Salle’s birth
May 15: Rome, Italy, Founder’s Day, when De La Salle was proclaimed patron saint of teachers, where the Generalate is today
RELAN Planning Committee
The Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN) has a committee working on plans to mark the Year of Lasallian Vocations in RELAN. Individual Districts are developing plans as well. Members of the RELAN committee include (back row from left) Denis De Villers, Brother Michael Fehrenbach, FSC, Maryann Donohue-Lynch, Mark Freund, (front row from left) Chris Swain, Sarah Laitinen and Brother James Joost, FSC.