What does Lasallian mean?



St. John Baptist de La Salle, the Founder of the Christian Brothers, a Priest in the Roman Catholic church, and the Patron Saint of Teachers, promoted a human and Christian education as a means of achieving personal wholeness and a more just society. The dignity of the human person is central to the Catholic and Lasallian traditions of Saint Mary's College.

Education as Social Justice – Lasallian Education can be understood by who we educate, how we educate them, and for what “ultimate” purpose.

For whom?

All admitted students to SMC, with special concern for marginalized populations (e.g., economically poor, first generation in their family to college and students of color, etc.).

How we educate?

The Lasallian spirit must be manifest in a strong spirit of community. Students, administrators, faculty and staff must, to the extent possible, know one another and evidence mutual respect and active concern for developing the “whole person” (adapted from Br. John Johnson, former Superior General, essay Lasallian Mission: Promoting the Reign of God through Education).


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