De La Salle Brothers Celebrate 150 years in Sri Lanka

De La Salle Brothers Celebrate 150 years in Sri Lanka

For 150 years the De La Salle Brothers have been an integral part of education in Sri Lanka. On 27 May 2018 the Brothers, former students and well-wishers marked the 150th Anniversary of the Institute’s arrival in Sri Lanka with a thanksgiving Mass in the Provincialate Chapel, Modera, Colombo 15, celebrated by the Apostolic Nuncio, Most Rev. Dr. Pierre Ngugen Van Tot. This event formed part of the wider, year-long Tercentenary Celebration of the death of St. John Baptist De La Salle, Founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.

In 1868 the De la Salle Brothers arrived in Colombo and assumed the administration of St. Benedict’s College, Kotahena, with their motto “Religio, Mores, Cultura.” In their first 60 years they founded three more English schools in Colombo: De La Salle College, Modera, St. Joseph´s College, Grandpass in 1905 and St. Mary´s College, Pettah in 1920. The Brothers established seven English schools outside Colombo prior to Sri Lankan Independence in 1948.

In his homily the Apostolic Nuncio stated that St. John Baptist De La Salle was born to a wealthy family but gave up all luxuries in order to go among the poorest in society and serve them. “It is the same as what Pope Francis has told the clergy to do: ‘To go and serve the people.’”, said the Nuncio. “The De La Salle Brothers follow their Founder in this way. They are foremost in providing educational and spiritual guidance to children. By doing so the De La Salle Brothers render a great service through the Catholic Church to the youth in moulding their future.” The Apostolic Nuncio called upon those present at the Anniversary Mass to pray that God would continue to shower his blessings on the De La Salle Institute so that it may continue the great service it is doing for the people of God.

In his homily the Apostolic Nuncio stated that St. John Baptist De La Salle was born to a wealthy family but gave up all luxuries in order to go among the poorest in society and serve them. “It is the same as what Pope Francis has told the clergy to do: ‘To go and serve the people.’”, said the Nuncio. “The De La Salle Brothers follow their Founder in this way. They are foremost in providing educational and spiritual guidance to children. By doing so the De La Salle Brothers render a great service through the Catholic Church to the youth in moulding their future.” The Apostolic Nuncio called upon those present at the Anniversary Mass to pray that God would continue to shower his blessings on the De La Salle Institute so that it may continue the great service it is doing for the people of God.

Br. Herman Nanayakkara, FSC

 

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