“The purpose of this Institute is to provide a human and Christian education to the young, especially the poor, according to the ministry which the Church has entrusted to it. Christian schools, which need to be constantly renewed, are the preferred sphere of activity for the Brothers.”
These words are the mantra for all Lasallians. During these exceedingly challenging times, our purpose is being tested. In each DENA ministry, the administration has been working tirelessly with staff and stakeholders to remain open and life-giving for the coming year—and beyond. I offer my deep gratitude for the commitment of each Lasallian leading our ministries during this ongoing COVID-19 moment.
The Brothers’ Rule boldly states that our ministries “need to be constantly renewed.” In non-COVID times, this renewal could take place according to a Strategic Plan over the course of years. In less than a half year, due to this pandemic, our schools and agencies have launched into renewal. Fresh eyes have been paying attention to what is essential and to what changes will be beneficial. I salute all who have welcomed the questions and who
have collaborated with others in determining what is best for the mission. The care spent on how to open school this Fall (Virtually? Blended? Hybrid? In-person?) has included enriching conversations about how our Lasallian mission can create community, no matter how we gather.
In Thomas Rhett’s recent song Be A Light we are encouraged, “In a place that needs change, make a difference.” Navigating the way through change, our phenomenal Lasallians will continue to make a huge difference in the lives of the young people entrusted to their care. Thanks to all working hard this summer to ensure that our ministries will be better than ever.
Our schools and agencies benefit from the prayerful and financial support of our Lasallian well-wishers. Thank you, one and all, for caring that this mission, entrusted to us by the Church, continues to make a difference in the lives of our youth from Ontario to Michigan to Florida and up to
Rhode Island. God bless you!
Br. Dennis Lee, FSC