Faith and Mission
De La Salle College is a Catholic School for boys, in the Lasallian Tradition.
As a College community, we stand firmly within a Christian interpretation of life and faith. We respect the religious affiliation of all members of the community and provide every opportunity for students to explore and develop their Christian faith.
“To touch the hearts of the young and to inspire them with the Christian spirit is the greatest miracle you can perform, and it is the one God asks of you; it is the purpose of your work with the young”
St John Baptist de La Salle.
So spoke the Founder and patron saint of all educators, St John Baptist de La Salle, to his Brothers on the vital importance that the College places on encouraging its students to seek a relationship with Christ. It is a central element of our students’ maturing towards manhood.
At De La Salle College, students are challenged to think about what it means to be ‘Lasallian’ by attending to the Five Core Lasallian Principles and explore their Christian understanding and commitment through:
- Overseas Immersion Opportunities
- Social Justice Initiatives
- Ministry and Service
- College Masses
- Parish Masses
- Reflection Days
- Seminar Days
The Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission is responsible for all aspects of faith life within the College.
This is supported by the roles of the College Chaplain, who also facilitates the Sacramental program and the Learning Area Team Leader – Religious Education who facilitates and drives the Religious Education Curriculum.
The Changing Landscape for Catholic Colleges
Recent statements by Australian Catholic Bishops remind us of the importance of the Catholic ethos of a College such as De La Salle. In recent years, fewer of our boys come from families in close contact with their local parish. Whereas once it could be assumed that education in the Christian tradition grew out of a strong partnership of parents with the parish, the reality now is often quite different.
As a result, attending De La Salle College is, for many boys, their prime exposure to the Catholic faith. It will be their principal time of formal contact with Christian teaching, and it is hoped that many may then make a stronger parish connection and are inspired to nurture their faith in the Lasallian tradition.
Modern students are also more exposed than ever to the world around them. This can be a challenge at times, but it motivates our educators to seek creative ways of securing our students’ interest in matters of Christian faith and Lasallian spirituality.