Above-all, here and now, we should be especially concerned about how these realities affect the faith of our young people - a faith that is often already very fragile and tenuous. I have made a point in the last few weeks to attend Mass at different parishes. It is encouraging to see that faithful Catholics continue to go to Church in Toronto. Sadly, our City is the exception and not the practice throughout the country. Nevertheless, the witness of the faithful helps remind me, and I hope you too, that God never abandons the Church.
In the name of the entire De La Salle College ”Oaklands” community: students, parents, staff, alums and benefactors, I extend my greetings. Established in 1851, De La Salle College “Oaklands” is part of a world-wide movement inspired by the life and work of St. John Baptist de La Salle who responded to the needs of his time in 17th Century France by founding a religious community of teaching Brothers and providing a Christian education mostly for the sons of artisans and the poor. What he accomplished, however, was more than just open schools, he created a vision of educating youth.
Throughout its long history Brothers and many other dedicated persons have worked tirelessly to continue this vision at the College. A Lasallian school is centred on a life of faith. In such a school, God's presence is a lived reality. It is a Christian school in the Roman Catholic tradition which proclaims the message of the Gospel to today’s youth.
The Christian action and community service programs are an essential part of the education of young people attending the College and assist in the fostering of charity, tolerance and a concern for the poor. De La Salle College “Oaklands” has an outstanding tradition of academic excellence and, like all Lasallian schools, it continues to foster excellence in all areas of school life. Community service and other Christian action initiatives make up an essential component of the educational experience of young people attending the College. These programs assist students in fostering the virtues of charity, compassion and concern for the poor.
Education in the Lasallian tradition is about how to make a life and not simply how to make a living. Such a view is not always easy to pursue since our culture is generally indifferent to this vision. A sound, Christian education based on good example, charity, and excellence is arguably the greatest gift that can be bestowed on the young. I invite you to become part of this vision in whatever way possible. May the Patron of All Christian Teachers, St. John Baptist de La Salle bless you and those dear to you.
Live, Jesus in our hearts. Forever.
Brother Domenic Viggiani, FSC
President, De La Salle College "Oaklands"
Over the last many months I have been approached more often than in the past by teachers, parents, and even students regarding apparent confusing and contradictory statements about perceived changes to Catholic teaching which have made their way through various forms of media.
In quieter moments of late I have reflected on the importance of learning the skills and openness to listen to the advice of others. In religious life, we are accustomed to having a spiritual director in addition to our superiors whose role is to impart advice and direction from time to time.