As Brothers, we are passionate about our mission of providing a human and Christian education to the young—especially the poor. Saint John Baptist de La Salle, the Patron Saint of Teachers and our founder, inspires us to be innovators in the field of education centered on the Gospel.
While each Brother’s vocational journey is different, there is a resounding parallel that a Brother responds to God’s call and to the Lasallian mission.
Brothers as Apostles
As Brothers, through our religious consecration and rooted in living the richness of our baptism in a distinctive way, we are called to be apostles.
We are called to be apostles in virtue of our religious consecration, not just teachers. We are to be excellent teachers, yes, but more than that. We are to be loving men, concerned for young people, yes, but more than that.We are to be evangelizers. We are called to be zealous men. Zeal is of the essence of our vocation. And let us not confuse zeal with professionalism. We must, of course, be professionals, but zeal is more. Zeal involves an ardent desire to help young people grow in the spirit of Christianity. Brother John Johnston, FSC
In addition to the evangelical counsels (poverty, chastity, obedience) as Brothers, we have two additional vows that unite us to one another and in solidarity with Brothers around the world.
The Brothers commit themselves to the Institute in all their uniqueness as persons. Aware of the difficulties that await them, they are ready to respond joyfully and creatively to the successive calls of God at the various stages of their life.
Association for educational service of the poor
In light of the Gospel, as Brothers we are called to keep in mind he promotion of justice and the service of those on the margins- the economically poor, victims of social injustice, those excluded from society.
Through our witness and ministry, inspired by the social doctrine of the Church, as Brothers we prepare young people to create relations that are more just among people, becoming more involved in promoting peace, solidarity, and the protection of creation.
Stability in the Institute
As our vocation is a precious gift of God’s love received day after day, and a daily human response to his fidelity. By this vow, Brothers make a commitment to remain in the Institute to fulfill its mission.
By this commitment, we strengthen our fraternity as Brothers to one another and to those we serve in ministry.