Message on De La Salle Week 2013 and the Future

I would like to express my thanks to the Saint Mary’s College community for your participation in De La Salle week.  The variety of events — from the Convocation, to panels, to liturgies, to picnics on the lawn —highlighted our mission in outstanding ways and was a clear expression of how the community supports, sustains, and lives. I especially want to send my gratitude to all who arranged and participated in the Convocation honoring Brother Alvaro Echeverria Rodriguez, our Superior General. I hope you found his presence and reflections as inspiring as I did. He and the many other guests during the week truly appreciated the genuine hospitality and welcome from this community. 

As we enter the final weeks of the semester, and as we prepare for a presidential transition, I have received many questions about my sense of where Saint Mary’s is and is going. My first answer always has been that we have become a community aware of our mission and intentional about actively participating in that mission. We have great momentum and success in many important areas of the College: fine arts, science, athletics, advancement, service, and graduate studies, to name of few. Our recognition in Colleges That Change Lives has highlighted the close connection between faculty, staff, and students, which is a hallmark of the Lasallian tradition and a tangible and visible strength of the College. Though we have much to accomplish in finishing the semester, and often feel the stress of the final days, I encourage you all to take some brief moments of quiet on this beautiful campus to refresh your body, mind, and spirit. 

Brother Ronald Gallagher, FSC