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2017-06-28
Lasallian Thought for the Day


Questions & Answers For The Christian Brothers Today

Q1. What is the difference between a Religious Brother and a Priest?

A religious Brother consecrates himself as a lay person, pronounces vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and belongs to an Institute or Order. Generally speaking, Brothers are involved in the educational or social field.

A priest is ordained by the Church to offer sacrifice to God in the Mass, to dispense the sacraments and is generally involved in pastoral works.

Q2. What are the "steps" to becoming a Brother?

If you express an interest in becoming a Brother you will discuss the matter with a Brother and your family will be consulted. You may then be asked to enter the "Postulancy" stage, a time of waiting and discernment lasting usually 6 months to a year.

If all goes well, you will be admitted to the "Novitiate" a place where you will focus on your personal spiritual development. This will last for one to two years. After the Novitiate you move to the "Scholasticate" a place where you will pursue your studies, usually to degree level. On completion of the Scholasticate you will be placed in a "Community" of Brothers to carry out your educational mission either in schools/universities or in other educational initiatives. As St. La Salle put it "the need for this Institute is very great."

Anyone with an interest in the religious life expecially of the Brotherhood, is very welcome to contact the Brother Director of La Salle College.

Who?

We are followers of Christ
who seek to be elder brothers
to young people of all faiths
and especially to the need

Why?

because we see Jesus
as the WAY
the TRUTH
and the LIFE
calling us to a life
of meaning
and responsibility
and compassion
in a world
troubled by division
a sense of futility
and a loss of human dignity

How?

We do this
by a conscious process
of personal
consecration to God
by being brothers to each other
in mutual affection and support
by a total giving of self
to this community
in remaining single
sharing what we have in common
in a simple life style
and by seeking God's will
through shared discernment

The La Salle Brothers Today

It all began in 1680 in France with John Baptist de La Salle
a man in a hurry
fresh from university
gifted with youth, wealth and noble birth

Touched by the crowds of children roaming the streets
without education
he surrendered all
in order to devote his talents to the education of youth
especially the poor
He was prepared to go where others could not
or would not, go.

He created many educational works,
opened educational centres in poor areas,
organised cathechetical programmes and composed texts,
set up technical schools
opened hostels,
provided remedial education for troubled students,
produced texts on politeness and civility for students
and manuals for teacher trainees

His main focus was the teacher
For him, the teacher was to be a brother to his fellow teachers,
even more,
a brother to the youth he sought to serve

God blessed his pioneering enterprise
His pupils, schools and Brothers
multiplied all over France
and, later, spread to other countries

Today
we serve in all continents
In Asia we run a variety of educational works
extending from projects for street children
to running universities in countries
ranging from Japan to Papua New Guinea,
from the Philippines to Paskistan

As Brothers we are committed to education
in particular to those in greatest need

The needs have never been so many
The demand for Brothers never so great

EVER THOUGHT OF BECOMING A DE LA SALLE BROTHER?
LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT OUR LIFE AND WORK?
Be courageous, be bold, take the first step.

The Brother Director will arrange a meeting with you.

St. John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts, forever!

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