Date & Time: 
Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 11:30am to 5:00pm
Event Location: 
Hagerty Lounge/Faculty Staff Dining Room
Event Description: 

Soup and Substance

11:30am - 1pm, Hagerty Lounge

"Soup and Substance" is a gathering for faculty, staff, students, and Brothers.  A small group of us meet over lunch and discuss a specific Christian Brother' text.  See Sally Jamison for the short reading to read beforehand (it is same one used for each lunch this past year).  This is an informal opportunity to meet with students and colleagues and learn more about the charism of De La Salle and our shared mission.  If you have been to "Soup and Substance" before, please feel free to come again and bring a friend, perhaps a colleague or student new to the College.

Contact Sally Jamison at 925-631-4406 for more information.

Celebrating Our Lasallian Mission with Brother Ernest Miller, FSC

4-5pm, Faculty/Staff Dining Room

Brother Ernest Miller will speak on Thursday, April 26 from 4pm-5pm in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room.  He is the Associate Director of Mission and Ministry for the District of Eastern North America (DENA).  Brother Ernest is a vibrant man who radiates his passion and zeal for the Lasallian Mission.  His visit is a great opportunity for our SMC community to hear this Brother speak!  He will speak on:

Witnessing a New Pentecost:

Lasallian Education in the Service of Faith 

and the Promotion of Social Transformation


Since 1986 we have called our fourth vow “association for the educational service of the poor” (Rule, 25).  This vow commits us to do all we can to make human and Christian education possible for the economically deprived, for victims of social injustice, for youngsters with behavioral problems, for those neglected, marginalized and even excluded from society, for those requiring special attention because of difficulties at school, at home, or in society generally.

Yet the Rule says more.


In the educational service we provide, we must “become earnestly involved in the promotion of justice and human dignity.”  Whatever the personal, social, or economic situation of our students, we need to help them become increasingly sensitive to injustice and to their responsibilities for building a society in which all can live justly in dignity, mutual respect, and peace (Rule 3, 1, 40). 

John Johnston, FSC, former Superior General, 1986-2000

Brother Alvaro says in a pastoral letter that the rights of the child is a "flagship cause" of the Institute and the Lasallian mission.  If so, I argue, then we must act on this cause.

Event Contact: 

Denis Block

Assistant Director of Lasallian Formation

Mission and Ministry Center

(925) 631-8154 or dmb8@stmarys-ca.edu.

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