This was part of the response that Brother Ronald Gallagher FSC, PhD, delivered when he was conferred the degree Doctor of Humanities (Honoris Causa) at the Chapel of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, DLSU-D on Nov. 12, 2008. A highly committed leader, educator, and administrator of various Lasallian institutions, Brother Ronald is president of Saint Mary's College of California and the International Association of Lasallian Universities (IALU).
For years, he has been very supportive of various Lasallian institutions worldwide. His advocacies include providing access to student aid programs, support for intercollegiate recreational activities, improvement of the quality of higher education, and devotion to Catholic, Lasallian, and liberal arts traditions.
The very same advocacies were echoed when Brother Ronald delivered his response during the event. For him, "the power of [Lasallian] work comes from a shared vision to give a human and Christian education to ... students especially to the underserved ..." and that "... real change requires people to change their hearts."
Brother Ronald shared efforts that Lasallians in higher education must exert to meet the challenges of the times. According to him, Lasallians "should be leaders in health care, science, the humanities, and the arts, helping ... students and the entire community respond to critical needs of ... society and develop the talents of ... students." He adds that Lasallians "should address local and national needs of the poor and the underserved ... [and] make efforts to incorporate social justice in [the] curriculum and in the engagement of ... students."
Finally, he emphasized the pursuance of "Lasallian pedagogy and the formation of ... Lasallian partners to create institutions ... which truly touch the hearts of ... students." According to Brother Ronald, we "should be true and authentic Lasallians to our visions and our charism."
Brother Ronald shares the honor to all the Lasallian institutions he served and worked with. Aside from being president of Saint Mary's College and IALU, he also served as Secretary General of the Brothers of the Christian School.
Different sectors of the academic community, including administrators and students from DLS Health Sciences Institute, were in attendance to witness the event. Present during the ceremony were DLSU-D Board of Trustees Chair Brother Victor Franco FSC, Diocese of Imus Bishop Most Rev. Luis Antonio Tagle, DD, and CHED Education Supervisor for Region IV-A Juliet Paras.