Brothers of Christian Schools
The Lwanga District of Africa
 
 

The Lasallian Youth Movement is a movement of  young people within the Lasallian family context that makes them participants in the Lasallian mission, spirit and vision.
         
The Church views the role of the laity as one of evangelizing and ministering. And the Church’s decree on The Apostolate of Lay people “the young should become the first apostles of the young, in direct contact with them, exercising the apostolate by themselves among themselves…”(Vatican II, November 1995).

And John Paul II, In Christifidelis Laici (December 30, 1988), states,  “Youth must not simply be considered as an object of pastoral concern for the church: in fact, the young people ought to be encouraged to be active on behalf of the church as leading characters in evangelization and participation in the renewal of society.

Lasallian Youth 

  •  provides the opportunity  for youth to find a place to belong, an apostolic option during the school year, and a spirituality which supports service to those in need.
  • It aims at empowering young people in our society to work to bring about God’s reign in their own hearts and in the hearts of all those whose lives they touch

The teachers he formed would become a religious community called the Brothers of the Christian Schools.

The Brothers now run schools all over the world. These men, along with others who identify themselves as Lasallians, continue to dedicate their lives to the education of youth with a special concern for those who are poor. Lasallian youth share in this mission and are a focus of this mission.

One of the principles that de la Salle insisted on in the schools he founded was that students be aware of and concerned with one another’s welfare. The brightest students helped the slower ones; students went into the homes of ill students to help them; those who had more to eat shared with those who had nothing.

In forming Lasallian youth, we are responding to and encouraging these elements of Lasallian spirituality: FAITH, SERVICE and COMMUNITY.  In his meditations, De La Salle advised his teachers: “Teach your disciples the knowledge of God. Make known to them the truths of the Gospel. Train them to put them into practice. “(Med.for S&feasts 100p.2)