As Brothers, we are educators in a number of contexts—one is as classroom teacher. From primary through secondary education, we teach in a variety of disciplines (English, History, Science, Mathematics). But more important than our subject matter are the young people in our classrooms and schools that they are provided a human and Christian education.
As Brothers, we are catechists and religious educators. We are called to be effective ambassadors of Jesus Christ, witnesses and ministers of the Word that promotes a life of faith among the young. Part of our role as catechists is to meet young people where they are, treating them with respect and approaching them through dialogue while presenting the Gospel with credibility and encouraging them in their faith journey.
As Brothers, we are university professors, trained in a variety of disciplines. We know higher education has a significant role to play for the Institute, society and the Church. Our Lasallian universities and colleges are places of research and dialogue as well as places where Brothers and Lasallian Partners can be professionally trained to ensure the development of the Institute, the society and the Church it serves.
As Brothers, we are coaches and team moderators. We understand the values and principles learned through participating in co-curricular athletics provide lasting and transformative experiences. Coaching provides an opportunity for us to share our gifts and talents in a way that meets young people where they are and encourages their own growth and development—as part of teams and larger communities.
As Brothers, we walk with and accompany our students, families and colleagues. Personally, professionally and spiritually we ambassadors and ministers of Christ. Part of our response to the spiritual needs of the young and our culture is providing retreat opportunities and spiritual direction to allow others personally and collectively to continue to grow and recognize God’s presence in their own vocational journey.
As Brothers, we are counselors and social workers. We are called to uphold the respect and dignity of all, especially the rights of children and the young. We walk with young people through the challenges of youth and providing services that allow young people the support to develop and to be full and active members of our society. We have an ethical and moral commitment, inspired by our Founder, to be “good shepherds” and “ministers of Jesus” and to work for the defense and the promotion of the rights of children and the young.
As Brothers, we are mentors to the young entrusted to our care, as well as our colleagues. Through our example, invitation, encouragement, and accompaniment, we seek to mentor that those we walk with might come to know their God-given purpose and discover their potential and mission in the world.
As Brothers, we are missionaries. We are called to move beyond our borders, both literal and figurative, to live the Gospel boldly and creatively moving beyond our comfort zone to the margins and the peripheries to continue to respond to and meet the needs of young people and create a world that is more inhabitable, just and in solidarity with others.