The Lasallian spirit is a way of life for students, faculty and staff at Saint Mary's.
Since 1680 educational institutions in more than 80 countries have been influenced by the vision and innovative spirit of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, the Founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the patron saint of teachers. De La Salle transformed education by forming a community of educators with whom he developed a spirituality of teaching and learning, to give a human and Christian education to young people, especially the poor.
Lasallian Education centers on Catholic values and personal relationships, emphasizing academic excellence, faith formation, inclusion, respect for the individual, service and social justice. A Lasallian Education strives to enrich each student’s cultural, intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development.
Today, the De La Salle Christian Brothers and their Lasallian Partners continue to respond to students through advancements in teaching, technology and scholarship. In Lasallian communities, educators touch hearts, stimulate minds and cultivate leadership to prepare students for life, work, and service to society and the Church.
Saint Mary’s offers students and faculty a wide variety of programs and resources that invite them to live our Catholic Lasallian mission in their own way. The heart of our mission is a commitment to education, faith, respect and acceptance that you’ll see all over campus — in a friendly “hello” from someone you’ve never met or in coursework that explores ethics and global responsibility.
The opportunities to make a difference range far beyond the classroom, in our January Term service projects and Christian Service Internships. Our students went to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and Haiti after the earthquake not just for the course credit, but because of a commitment to service and easing of suffering that is baked into our institutional DNA.
Students who want to explore Lasallian faith in depth have the option of living in our Lasallian Living Learning Community or the Santiago Living Community, where they can build unity in their spiritual and social values. Our goal is to prepare students for living in a contemporary world while providing them with a moral foundation that is rooted in Christian doctrine and service.
The Mission and Ministry Center and the Office of Mission help our community connect to our Lasallian heritage and live out our mission; and many student service projects are coordinated through the Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action. You can visit those websites for more information and to find more ways to get involved. Or, if you’re on campus, just stop by!