By Sean Hightower, Contributing writer
On Saturday, July 28, the Lasallian district of the San Francisco New Orleans Brothers of Christian Schools celebrated multiple anniversaries of the Brothers of Christian Schools.
A Mass was celebrated by New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond at St. Louis Cathedral as a rare opportunity for the community to thank the Lasallian Brothers for their dedication and service.
The Mass marked 100 years of the Christian Brothers’ presence in Louisiana, 150 years of their presence in California and 300 hundred years since the death of the Christian Brothers’ founder St. John Baptist de La Salle. St. John Baptist de La Salle also is the patron saint of teachers.
Archbishop Aymond concelebrated with Archbishop Emeritus Alfred Hughes and Mobile Archbishop Thomas Rodi, a graduate of De La Salle High School.
Members of the Lasallian order present from the San Francisco New Orleans district included the cantor, Brother David Caretti from California; the choir director, Brother Kenneth Boesch from St. Paul’s School; Brother Martin Yribarren, the organist; and many other Lasallian Brothers from the local schools. Archdiocesan priests and deacons also participated.
Christian Brothers remain a presence in New Orleans by staffing St. Paul’s School in Covington, De La Salle High School in New Orleans, Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie and Christian Brothers School at two locations in New Orleans.
Students from local Lasallian schools participated at the Mass: St. Paul’s students were altar servers; Rummel students distributed Communion, Christian Brothers students read the prayers of the faithful, and De La Salle students were ushers.
In thanksgiving for the service of the Brothers, two receptions were offered after the Mass. A reception at the Old Ursuline Convent on Chartres Street had displays with memorabilia from the Lasallian schools in the area, including a video that showed the history and impact of the founding brothers in Louisiana.
A reception also was held on the Steamboat Natchez, which steamed down the Mississippi River with the brothers and their guests, who were served by De La Salle High students.
Sean Hightower is a junior at St. Paul’s School in Covington. He will occasionally write a Teen Faith column.