In 2018 – 2019, the District of San Francisco New Orleans and the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools will celebrate three special anniversaries in Lasallian history:

• 100 Years of the Brothers’ Continuous Presence in Louisiana.
• 150 Years Since the Brothers’ Arrival in San Francisco.
• 300 Years Since Saint John Baptist de La Salle’s Entry into Eternal Life.

All Lasallians are invited to share in the celebration of the Brothers’ achievements in Louisiana and California, the ongoing work of the Brothers and our Partners in our District, and our unity in mission with the worldwide Institute.

In 1856, San Francisco Archbishop Joseph Alemany asked the Brothers to staff his new Saint Mary’s College in San Francisco.  Busy establishing new communities and ministries in the eastern United States, it would be 12 years before the Brothers would be able to accept his invitation.

On August 10, 1868, eight Brothers sailed into San Francisco Bay and then made the five-mile trip to Saint Mary’s College, where they accepted the keys and the responsibility for the school.  It was the beginning of the Brothers’ presence in the west, and of the then District of San Francisco.

Today, Saint Mary’s College of California thrives in Moraga, along with other Pacific Coast apostolates that would eventually spring up in the state, as well as in Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Ciudad Tijuana in Mexico.

After being forced to withdraw from Louisiana in the late 1800s due to financial hardships and a yellow fever epidemic, the Brothers returned to the state in 1918 by way of two new apostolates.  They assumed ownership of Saint Paul’s School in Covington, a town across Lake Ponchartrain from New Orleans, and they opened Saint Peter’s College in New Iberia, 130 miles west of New Orleans.

Today in Louisiana, the Brothers continue to conduct Saint Paul’s School, as well as Christian Brothers School and De La Salle High School, both in New Orleans, and Archbishop Rummel High School in nearby Metairie.

The Brothers’ return also would help lead, in 1925, to the founding of the then District of New Orleans-Santa Fe, with additional apostolates in New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas.

In 1719, John Baptist de La Salle was 67 years old and in failing health.  The Founder was living outside of Rouen, France at St. Yon, a property that served as the center of his young Order of Brothers of the Christian Schools.  

As Easter approached, it became apparent that the Founder was dying.  During Holy Week, he received the sacraments  of Viaticum and Extreme Unction and, at the request of the Superior, Brother Bartholomew, blessed him and all the members of the Order. 

On Good Friday, April 7, John Baptist De La Salle made an effort to rise from his bed as if to greet someone, then joined his hands, raised his eyes to heaven, and died, surrounded by his Brothers.  His last words had been, “Yes, I adore God guiding me in all the events of my life.”

(Date | Event | Sponsor)


April  |  Publication of Intercom 152: “Inspirations for Going Beyond the Borders” | Generalate
May 15  |  Publication of Let Us Remember: Stories of the Holy Presence of God. | Saint Mary’s Press
June  |  Sharing of Opening Liturgy Resources with Districts | Christian Brothers Conference
July  |  Publication of Lasallian Reflection 4: “Our Hearts Were Burning” | Generalate                                                                                                                                                Publication of Intercom 153: “Lasallians involved in the care of creation and programs of sustainability” | Generalate
July 28  |  Celebration of 100 Continuous Years of Brothers’ Presence in Louisiana, New Orleans | San Francisco New Orleans District
|  Release of Popular Biography of De La Salle E-Book | Generalate
October  |  Release of Video Resources                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Publication of Circular 471: “Pastoral Ministry of Vocations” | Generalate
November 5-16  |  CIL Session Youth Ministry & Vocation Ministry | Generalate
November 15-17  |  Huether Lasallian Conference, Minneapolis, MN | Christian Brothers Conference
November 19-23  |  Pastoral Ministry of Vocation Meeting | Christian Brothers Conference
Advent  |  Opening Liturgies in each District
December  |  Publication of Superior General’s Pastoral Letter | Generalate


January  |  Publication of New Lasallian Iconography | Generalate
January 22-27  |  Young Lasallians Gathering prior to World Youth Day, Panama City, Panama | District of Central America-Panama
February 4 | Bay Area Lasallian Symposium | Saint Mary’s College of California
March 14-16  |  International Education Congress
March 16  |  Celebration of Brothers’ Arrival in California, San Francisco | San Francisco New Orleans District
April 7  |  Solemn Mass in Rouen | Generalate
April 30  |  Solemn Mass in Reims | Generalate
May 11-15  |  Workshop on Creative Fidelity | Generalate
May 15  |  Solemn Mass in Rome | Generalate
July  |  Publication of Lasallian Reflection 5: “Great Things Are Possible” | Generalate
July-August  |  VEGA in RELAN | Christian Brothers Conference
November  |  Huether Lasalian Conference| Christian Brothers Conference
December  |  Publication of Superior General’s Pastoral Letter | Generalate