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The District of Eastern North America (DENA) unites 200+ Brothers of the Christian Schools and 5,000+ partners in a mission spanning 31 ministries across the northeastern US and Toronto, Canada.

From Warren, Michigan, to Puerto Rico, DENA’s Lasallian Education touches lives. Born from the merger of three legacy districts, DENA represents a unified force for education and community impact. Your support to DENA fuels this transformative journey, shaping a brighter future for all.

Chapter & Assembly 2023

The District of Eastern North America (DENA) held its Chapter & Assembly with the theme “So the Next Generation Will Know.” The theme reminded us that we gathered in the spirit of faith and zeal for the incredible mission that had been entrusted to us. 

Our purpose is clear: to provide a human and Christian education to the young, especially the poor, according to the ministry the Church has entrusted to us.

These gatherings were part of the ongoing journey to ensure the vitality of the Lasallian mission. The goal was to evaluate all aspects of the District and encourage shared decision-making among Brothers and Lasallian partners. This approach aligned with the recent General Chapter’s call for co-responsibility, transparency, and solidarity. 

By focusing on key thematic areas such as: The Animation & Leadership of the Brothers’ Communities; Lasallian Association for Mission; Ministry Governance & Leadership; Mission Accompaniment and Board Relations, Faith Formation & Announcing the Good News of Jesus Christ; Lasallian Vocations; and New Calls from the Peripheries; the District could develop a strategic plan for the next 6 years that reflected the directives of the General Chapter and the Third International Mission Assembly. The plan would give direction to District leadership, the Mission Council, and Lasallian ministries to ensure the vitality of the Mission in DENA.

A community of men devoted to the cause of education and service to the young and less fortunate. The De La Salle Christian Brothers (FSC) heed God’s call, dedicating themselves entirely to Jesus Christ and the mission of education, especially for the marginalized. 

Through a life of prayer, living in community, service and the work in ministry, the Brothers integrate the realm of educating young people with the transformative power of the Gospel. Join the Brothers in their  journey to make a difference through education and service.

DENA Lasallians are encouraged to take a deeper dive into the Lasallian educational mission by being part of the various District programs. Opportunities such as formation programs, retreats, professional development workshops and other online activities are made available all year long.

These initiatives serve to transmit the Institute’s rich foundational sources. They also cultivate the personal and professional attributes required to effectively address the challenges of the Lasallian mission. Active participation in the Lasallian mission requires the seamless integration of the fundamental aspects of the Lasallian charism within the personal, communal, and professional facets of a Lasallian educator’s life.

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Ministries

In response to DENA’s vision-mission, the educational institutions and ministries offer a comprehensive Lasallian education, spanning across diverse locations such as Toronto, Canada, Florida, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and Washington DC. 

Unlocking the potential of every individual begins with education. By donating to DENA mission, you are giving hope and opportunity! Imagine the impact of your contribution: children gaining access to quality education, breaking free from the cycle of poverty, and stepping into a brighter future. Your support fuels innovation in teaching, provides resources, and fosters a love for learning. Join us in transforming lives through education; together, we can create a world where every dream can be achieved. 

One of these educational missions for scholarship is the  ST. JOHN BAPTIST DE LA SALLE FUND which seeks to ensure that a Lasallian education is available and accessible to those students most in need. Through an initial program of student sponsorship and a growing program of grants to identified schools, the Fund provides tuition assistance for students to attend a Lasallian school. With your support, we are now providing $845,000 annually for our students in need. All are welcome to join the Brothers and their Partners-in-Mission in this specially dedicated scholarship fund which continues to grow each year.

 

Dion Anderson

by Mr. Daniel Warner, VP for Institutional Advancement – St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, Buffalo NY

Dion Anderson graduated this summer from St. Joseph’s Collegiate with the class of 2023. He came to St. Joe’s from NativityMiguel Middle School of Buffalo, which serves students from extremely economically depressed situations.
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Leonardo & Ezekial Muñoz

by Ms. Melissa Bride – Director of Advancement, The San Miguel School, Providence RI

In September of 2019, Leonardo and Ezekiel Muñoz walked into The San Miguel School of Providence as shy, nervous 5th graders. Twins of amazing, hard-working parents, Leo and Zeke immediately established themselves as leaders in the school. They were chosen often to lead special visitors on tours of the school, they starred in several of our promotional videos, and they were always seen helping the teachers with whatever needed to be done. Always kind, respectful and caring, the twins always looked out for their younger “brothers”.
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Angel Jose & Angel Gabriel Arevalo

by Mr. Samuel Long – Assistant Director of Development, La Salle Academy, Philadelphia PA

Angel Jose and Angel Gabriel Arevalo are twin brothers in the seventh grade at La Salle Academy. They immigrated to Philadelphia from Mara Caibo, Venezuela in 2018 with their parents, in search of the opportunity to make a better life for their family. Despite the challenge of speaking very little English, they were enrolled at La Salle Academy in Philadelphia in 2019.
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