The Lasallian Brothers celebrate the Jubilee Year with the strength of their presence in the Holy Land

Posted on Nov 23, 2018

On the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the death of St. Jean-Baptiste De la Salle, a French priest and founder of the Lasallians, Pope Francis granted the congregation a Jubilee Year! The legacy of this saint; the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, has spread and is now present in more than 80 countries. The Lasallian Brothers administer it all: Men who consecrate themselves totally to God by making vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. They dedicate life to the mission of the human and Christian education of children and youth, especially the poorest of them. The Lasallian Brothers administer it all: Men who consecrate themselves totally to God by making vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. They dedicate life to the mission of the human and Christian education of children and youth, especially the poorest of them.

Br. DAOUD KASSAPRI 

Director of the College de Frères De La Salle – Bethlehem

“St. John De La Salle passed on the following values to us: faith, service and brotherhood: he taught us to give priority to the presence of God at school, to concern ourselves with the poor, to form groups – helped by secular groups, because we do not have many vocations – to educate with quality and guarantee everyone access to the school “.

A very timely charisma despite the difficulties.

Br. RAFAEL GONZALEZ
Coordinator of the Lasallian Schools in the Holy Land and Jordan

“ There are presently more than six thousand Lasallian Brothers, but in the past we were around twenty thousand. (…) The Christian spirit today is not as it was in the past; materialistic nature prevails in society and intellectual changes dominate the interests of the youth. ”

Lots of work … but also much success! Offering one’s life for this cause is an authentic vocation!

Br. PETER IORLANO, fsc
Coordinator of Institutional Values – Bethlehem University

“This is my fourteenth year in the Holy Land. I say jokingly that I came to stay for three years, I made a commitment for three years, but this is already my fourteenth year. I like being here; I really like working with the young Palestinians we serve at the university. We take the name of ‘brother’ precisely because we are called to be brothers of the young people we serve, brothers and sisters of those we work with. So, this is our vocation “.

Br. Peter also emphasized that the vocation of the Lasallian Brothers includes helping young people to meet, to understand each other, to recognize the gifts and talents that God has given them and to place them at the service of others. An aid, which is more than valid in these days. True seeds scattered all over the world and in this Holy Land, which needs so much!