Tercentenary Celebration of the Death of De La Salle and the Year of Lasallian Vocations

During 2019, the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the Lasallian Family will celebrate the 300th anniversary of the death of their founder, Saint John Baptist de La Salle, Patron Saint of Teachers. The Institute has designated 2019 as the Year of Lasallian Vocations. Throughout Italy and around the world, events and celebrations are being planned to honor our common heritage of providing a human and Christian education to the young and the poor and to promote the vocation of the educational ministry. On March 1, 2017 a video will be released announcing the celebration and the chosen logo for the year.

Pope Francis once said, “We are pilgrims from death to fullness of life …”. With this understanding, the theme of the tercentenary, One Heart, One Commitment, One Life represents the fullness of De La Salle’s life and the continued vitality of the Lasallian Mission and vocation in 80 countries around the world.

“You can perform miracles in regard both yourselves and your work…by an entire fidelity to grace, not letting any movement of grace go by without corresponding with it; and by touching the hearts of children entrusted to your care…” (J.B. De La Salle, Meditation 180.3)



Regional Committee Appointed

The Visitors of RELAN have appointed the following people to serve on the Regional Preparatory Committee

  • Chris Swain (chair Christian Brothers Conference)
  • Sarah Laitinen (Christian Brothers Conference)
  • Brother James Joost (San Francisco New Orleans District)
  • Brother Denis De Villers (Francophone Canada)
  • Brother Michael Fehrenbach (Midwest District)
  • Maryann Donohue-Lynch (District of Eastern North America)
  • Mark Freund(Christian Brothers Conference)


On the Conference website, a webpage has been set-up that will house resources and information about the year as it becomes available.