The tercentenary of the death of Saint John Baptist de La Salle will be observed by a year of celebration and reflection in the Lasallian World
On Friday, 30 November, La Salle Academy, with the De La Salle Middle School, began their celebration of the Tercentenary with five special prayer services, one for each of the classes and the middle school. The prayer services featured music, special symbols, readings, prayer and the distribution of Tercentenary buttons to all present. The format of the prayer service and the readings and symbols used were designed by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (De La Salle Christian Brothers) for use by all schools and agencies around the world. The hope was that a common inaugural celebration and the on-going use of common symbols would remind each Lasallian school and agency that, though different in many ways, they share a common history and a common mission, centered around their Founder.
The Theme of the Tercentenary Year (St. John Baptist de La Salle died on April 7, 1719) is a Year of Lasallian Vocations—a year to celebrate the many Lasallian vocations (Brothers, Lasallian partners in ministry, students, alumni, parents) in the world-wide Institute and to reflect upon our call as Lasallians to be people of Faith, Service, and Community. The logo for the Tercentenary Year features a large 300 surrounded by the words: One Heart—One Commitment—One Life. Each Lasallian shares in the heart, commitment, and life of Saint La Salle through their ministry to young people, especially those most in need. Pope Francis has also declared this year as a Jubilee Year (a Holy Year) for Lasallians. The year extends through the Church’s liturgical year, i.e. Advent 2018-Advent 2019.
During the year the Lasallian Ministry Team and the Campus Ministry Team will be planning a series of activities for all constituencies of the La Salle and De La Salle communities---students, teachers and staff, parents and alumni.