Cathedral of Reims

As we all know, De La Salle was destined to a priestly life before he made the choice to begin the schools for the poor of France.  Some have even said that he might one day have become bishop and more. Good for us that the Spirit called him in another direction and he listened.

We were able to visit the Cathedral where De La Salle said his first mass, where he prayed daily, and what was a most central part of the life of Catholics in Reims.

Cathedral of Reims

Cathedral of Reims

Interior of the Cathedral at Reims

Interior of the Cathedral at Reims

Seat from which De La Salle prayed daily

Seat from which De La Salle prayed daily

Altar at which De La Salle said his first mass

Altar at which De La Salle said his first mass

Statue of the Founder in the chapel where he said his first mass

Statue of the Founder in the chapel where he said his first mass

Of the many statues that adorn the exterior of the Cathedral, the best known is the smiling angel

Of the many statues that adorn the exterior of the Cathedral, the best known is the smiling angel

It was definitely special to be in the exact places that played such an important and prominent place in the life of De La Salle. Being a lifelong Lasallian, I had heard the stories from Brothers Luke Salm, Gerard Rummery, Jeff Calligan, and William Mann, but to actually be there, touch, feel, and see the places where he lived and worked, will be something I will never forget.

-Scott Kier

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