Welcome to 2013, a new year, a time of new beginnings and new hope.
As is our custom, most of us have made New Year’s Resolutions, commitments to better ourselves, whether it be physically, emotionally, fiscally, or spiritually. Right around the time you receive this is also when, statistically, many of us will give up those goals of working towards a healthier you, or getting your personal finances in order.
Don’t lose hope! If you resolve to keep one of your goals, I hope it’s to continue to be a better Christian. As Lasallians, our mission of educating those most in need depends on our ability to see Christ in all whom we meet and instruct. I believe, we, as a network of Catholic Lasallian Schools, “Raise the Standards,” not just because we create an environment for strong academic excellence, but because we truly believe that our educational mission is God given, and that the poorest among us deserve a means to salvation, with B(b)rothers and S(s)isters to guide them.
This month a number of our ministries participated in our Haiti Solidarity Week (Jan. 6 – 12, 2013), praying for Lasallians in Haiti. During that week, the Office for Mission and Ministry sponsored a delegation to Saint John Baptist De La Salle School in the Cazeau section of Port Au Prince. What the delegation learned and saw first-hand was both heart-breaking, and also a reason for great hope.
Though not much has changed throughout Haiti in regards to the devastation from the earthquake three years ago, or the economic situation for the people, the Saint John Baptist De La Salle School has come a long way since Br. Dennis Malloy and Alan Weyland’s first visit last Summer. In a place of daily uncertainty, now stands a ministry with over 70 students, a beacon of optimism, providing a stable and safe environment for children to receive a quality education.
The Lasallian mission is one of hope. Let us continue to find resolve in this season of resolution so that we can be messengers of that faith to those most in need of it.
Philip De Rita
Director of Communications & Public Relations