The Lasallian Tradition

The Lasallian mission embodies the vision and innovative spirit of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of all teachers and founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Saint La Salle founded the mission in 17th century France to provide a human and Christian education to the young, especially the poor.

The Brothers of the Christian Schools is the largest religious order of Brothers in the Church dedicated solely to the mission of Christian education.


“To touch the hearts of your students is the greatest miracle you can perform.”

– St. John Baptist de La Salle

At left is a modern-day depiction of our patron saint, commissioned in 2020 for our new campus on NE Killingsworth Street – St. John Baptist De La Salle With His Beloved Students, painted by Janet McKenzie.

Lasallian Five Core Principles:

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    1. Faith in the Presence of God

    DLSNC nurtures in its members an awareness of the living presence of God in our world. we call all to a deeper awareness of their saving relationship with a caring and loving God and encourage all to see the world through the “eyes of faith.”

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    2. Respect for All Persons

    DLSNC engages its members in a concerted effort to respect the dignity of all persons. 

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    3. Inclusive Community

    DLSNC is a united community where diversity is respected and no one is left out or left behind. It encourages all to recognize and embrace one another’s unique stories and qualities.

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    4. Concern for the Poor and Social Justice

    DLSNC calls its members to a solidarity with the poor and victims of injustice, encouraging a life-long commitment to respond to their needs through programs of community service, advocacy, and justice education.

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    5. Quality Education

    DLSNC provides an education that prepares students not only to contribute to society but to transform it. It calls all to use their knowledge and talents to critically examine and engage the world in light of the message of the Gospel.

Today, the Lasallian mission is present in 80 countries around the world, with 4,000 De La Salle Christian Brothers (Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools) and 90,000 Lasallian Partners serving one million young people in 1,000 educational ministries.


In the Lasallian Region of North America, which includes the United States and Canada, the mission serves more than 100,000 people through a network of more than 100 colleges/universities, secondary schools (four of which are Cristo Rey), elementary and middle schools, and other ministries.

John Baptist de La Salle</br>1651 - 1719; Reims, France
John Baptist de La Salle
1651 - 1719; Reims, France
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