logo_300_LS_1m_11am_FINALOn May 15, the worldwide Lasallian family celebrated the Solemnity of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and patron saint of teachers.

Often referred to as Founder’s Day, the day is observed by special liturgies, prayers, and events in Lasallian ministries and Brothers’ communities throughout the five international Regions of the Institute.

Brother Robert Schieler, FSC, Superior General, released a Founder’s Day message to the approximately 4,000 Brothers, 75,000 Partners, and 900,000 students of the Lasallian Family.  In it, he invites the reader to “honor our holy Founder by emulating his love of prayer and meditation, often consciously placing ourselves in God’s presence so as to know his will for our mission of human and Christian education.”

This year’s Founder’s Day also was distinguished by several announcements regarding special upcoming Lasallian observances.

2019 will mark the 300th year since De La Salle entered into eternal life.  The Institute has announced that, in honor of this, the Holy See has declared 2019 a Jubilee Year, which the Church dedicates as a call to the faithful to deepen their relationship with God faith through a renewed commitment to Gospel witness, especially in regard to the poor and those in need.  In his letter announcing the Holy See’s declaration, Brother Robert wrote, “I encourage each of you to become a pilgrim during the Jubilee Year. Let your pilgrimage take you “beyond borders” to places that inspire you with a sense of God’s presence and to poor and vulnerable people who are occasions to encounter Jesus Christ.”

2019 also has been designated by the Institute as the Year of Lasallian Vocations.  With the theme, “De La Salle: One Heart, One Commitment, One Life,” the Year will serve as a call to all Lasallians to celebrate their common heritage and vision; renew their commitment to the Lasallian mission, charism, and founding story; and, within the unity and diversity of Lasallian vocations, witness to the movement of the Spirit in their lives and ministry.

Finally, to help celebrate this extraordinary year, the Institute has created and release a commemorative song and accompanying video, “One Heart, One Commitment, One Life.”  The song and video are performed in the three languages of the Institute – English, French, and Spanish — and are a joyful celebration of the founding charism of Saint John Baptist de La Salle and his living legacy in today’s global Lasallian family.  The song’s refrain music and lyrics are available for download.