To mark the tercentenary of the entrance into heaven of Saint Jean-Baptiste de La Salle patron of educators, a Mass was celebrated in the church of Saint Sulpice in Paris on February the 2nd.
This parish was dear to the Founder. He studied in the seminary there and set up his first school in paris in the Rue Princesse, so it is an ‘unmissable’ place for all Lasallians. The event toook place on the Feast of Candlemas, recalling Jesus the Light of the World, and it was attended by Brothers Jean-René Gentric, Provincial Visitor, Claude Reinhardt and Daniel Elzière, Auxiliary Visitors, and Monsieur Jean-Marie Ballenghien, Adjoint to the Visitor, as well as by many religious and secular representatives.
In his address,Monsignor Denis Jachiet, Auxiliary Bishop of Paris, emphasised how essential it was to walk with confidence in the footsteps of Saint Jean-Baptiste de La Salle for the salvation of the children entrusted to us.
The singing was led by a wonderful mixed choir of male and female voices, and the climax of the occassion was the blessing of chapel to the Founder recently renovated for the Tercentenary.
After the liturgy, there was a reception for those present given by the Mayor of the 6th Arrondissement of Paris, Jean-Pierre Lecoq, who praised the work being done in France by Catholic establishments, especially Lasallian establishments, which complement the education for children provided by the government of the Republic.