St. John Baptist De La Salle
The History of St. John Baptist De la Salle and the Lasallians:
In 1681 St. John Baptiste De la Salle founded the Brothers of the Christian Schools. What began with a small group of men who dedicated their lives to educating boys off the streets in a tuition-free school grew to influence powerful educational reforms. Today “the institute’s primary concern is the educational needs of those whose dignity and basic rights are not recognized.” In the light of the gospel and the teachings of St. John Baptist De la Salle, BSM always keeps in mind the promotion of justice and the direct or indirect service of the poor.
- Concern for the poor and social justice
- Faith in the presence of God
- Respect for all persons
- Inclusive community
- Quality education
Living the Mission at BSM
There are many ways students are living out the mission of De la Salle at Benilde-St. Margaret’s. Examples include:
The Teaching Profession: BSM teachers are steeped in the Lasallian virtues of the teaching profession, a profession where the student experience is wrapped in faith and love. Professional development is supported and all teachers engage in a process of continuous improvement. “Touching Hearts and Minds” is a hallmark of a Lasallian education.
Common Basket: Common Basket is a well-rounded approach to philanthropy, emphasizing a balance of sharing time, talent and treasure. The theme for Common Basket stems from the historical reference of students in Christian Brothers schools sharing bread with each other at school. Those who had extra bread to share were encouraged to give to the common basket at the back of the classroom. Those who needed bread could discreetly take from the basket. Our modern day Common Basket program gives current students and alums a chance to teach the student body about a local, national or international justice issue while giving them an opportunity to discern their role of giving.
Equity and Inclusion Programming: St. John Baptist De La Salle challenges each teacher to help each and every student reach their highest potential. At BSM that happens through the extensive professional development offered to teachers. We also facilitate a Parent Affinity group which is a task advisory group for parents of students of color that partners with the school on initiatives that propel our diversity, equity and inclusion plan forward. It provides opportunities for community building and networking.
Connecting with our charisms and heritage is central to our Catholic identity. From them we gain a broader vision and an expanded community.
“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone...we are many parts but all one body in Christ.” (1 Corinthians 12:4-6...12)