Among the members of the Lasallian Family there are persons affiliated to the Institute. The affiliated person expresses this wish and/or is recognized as a person who has helped the Institute in its mission. Likewise he/she shows a great appreciation for anything relating to Lasallian spirituality.
Affiliation to the Institute falls within the remit of the Br. Superior and his Council. These can operate “motu proprio” but in general they only intervene in response to a request made by a Region or a District. The request for affiliation is baked up by pertinent testimony from the local community and is submitted in the first place to the District Council.
After approval has been given, the Mother House sends a Letter of Affiliation to the Br.Visitor who then hands it to the person concerned during some celebration suitable for this act of recognition.
In the diploma the reason for Affiliation is expressed with these words:
“ I, the undersigned, Superior General of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, acknowledge with joy and gratitude your outstanding collaboration with our Institute, the quality of your personal life inspired by Lasallian spirituality and your active and long-lasting participation in our work of education.
My Council and I wish to demonstrate our gratitude by associating you more closely with our religious family and by presenting you with the present Letter of Affiliation.
As an Affiliated Member you share in the Lasallian Mission and that of the Brothers of the Institute. When the Lord calls you to himself, you will benefit from the regular intercession of our Institute for our deceased Brothers and Affiliated Members.
May the Lord, in his goodness, confirm this Affiliation and, through the intercession of St. John Baptist De La Salle, shower you with his blessings.”