The District of San Francisco New Orleans (SFNO) will hold a special celebration of the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of the arrival of the Christian Brothers in California.
The celebration will take place on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco. The day will begin at 11 a.m. with Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, San Francisco. Presiding will be His Excellency, the Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco. Most Reverend Thomas Daly, Bishop of Spokane, will be concelebrant and homilist. This will be followed at 12:30 p.m. by a reception in the Cathedral hall. Both events are open to the public.
According to planning committee chair person Brother James Joost, FSC, SFNO Auxiliary Visitor, the day will recognize the achievements of the De La Salle Christian Brothers in California, celebrating with the Lasallian family the life of the Brothers and their mission with their Partners in the world today.
On the evening of August 10, 1868, the first Brothers sailed into San Francisco Bay and the next day mde the five-mile trip to Saint Mary’s College. At the time, Brothers had been teaching in the United States for only eleven years and numbered about 200. Their arrival led to the establishment of the District of San Francisco, which by 1901 boasted 94 Brothers teaching in 13 schools with a total enrollment of 2,306. Current Lasallian schools in California include Cathedral High School, Los Angeles; Christian Brothers High School, Sacramento; Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School, Oakland; De La Salle Academy, Concord; De La Salle High School, Concord; De Marillac Academy, San Francisco; Justin-Siena High School, Napa; La Salle High School, Pasadena; Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, San Francisco; Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga; and Saint Mary’s College High School, Berkeley.
The San Francisco event is one of three 2018-2019 Lasallian anniversary observances by the SFNO District under the theme, “Procuring God’s Glory from Generation to Generation.” In July, 2018, a District commemoration in New Orleans marked the 100th anniversary of the Christian Brothers’ continuous presence in Louisiana. Throughout 2019, the Institute will commemorate the 300th year since the entry into eternal life of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, Founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and Patron Saint of Teachers of Youth.