SMU Trustees on Lasallian Pilgrimage

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To celebrate the centennial of Saint Mary’s University and to deepen their Lasallian formation, several SMU Trustees plus Bro. William Mann and SMU staff members spent the week of April 21-27 in France. Based in Paris, the group of 25 also made day trips to Reims and Rouen to visit and learn about specific Lasallian sites that were part of St. John Baptist de La Salle’s life. We were accompanied by Brother Claude Reinhardt (RELEM), General Councilor, and Bro. Manuel Pajarillo (PARC), Director of CIL.

Throughout we were welcomed warmly by the Brothers and Lasallian Partners of the French District, and at the same time, we were able to enjoy both Paris as well as the French countryside during our excursions to Rouen and Reims. It also gave those of us present a prime opportunity to get to know one another better. The photos best capture some of the moments of our time together.

Brothers Claude and Manuel in front of the Church of St. Sulpice in Paris.

Brothers Claude and Manuel in front of the Church of St. Sulpice in Paris.

Our group being welcomed by the Visitor of France at a social and dinner at the Provincialate in Paris.

Our group being welcomed by the Visitor of France at a social and dinner at the Provincialate in Paris.

Bro. Dominique leads us on a tour though Hotel de la Cloche, the Founder's first home and now a museum.

Bro. Dominique leads us on a tour though Hotel de la Cloche in Reims, the Founder’s first home and now a museum.

Statue of the Founder in the main chapel at the Pensionnat in Rouen, with a reliquary of the Founder in the background.

Statue of the Founder in the main chapel at the Pensionnat St. Jean-Baptiste de La Salle in Rouen, with a reliquary of the Founder in the background.

Trustees during a board meeting in Paris; we connected with trustees not present via conference call.

Trustees during a board meeting in Paris; we connected with trustees not present via conference call.

A special thanks to Steve Titus, Senior Vice President and several other SMU Staff, for coordinating this wonderful Lasallian experience.

Bro. Larry Schatz, SMU Trustee

 

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “SMU Trustees on Lasallian Pilgrimage

  1. Betty Kabara

    Dear Larry, Thanks so much for the pictures. They were great! I have sent them to my friends and so appreciate St. Mary’s for planning this trip. It was a once in a lifetime thing to see. God Bless John Baptist De Lasalle for all he started to influence so many lives. Also for you Brothers who carry on the wonderful work he started. Will look forward to seeing you next week at the board meeting.

    Betty K.

  2. Sandi

    What a wonderful trip! To be able to follow in the footsteps of St. Jean- Baptiste de LaSalle, was an enlightening experience. But also getting to know the Brothers, staff and co-board members better was priceless!!!

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