Lasallian Education Symposium on De La Salle’s Feast Day

Kevin Ahern, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies, will be the keynote speaker.

De La Salle statue on quadrangleTo commemorate the legacy of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers and founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, the mission officers of the Lasallian Association of Colleges and Universities (LACU) will present “Justice in the World and the Mission of Lasallian Education Today: Enacting the Common Good” on April 7, the feast day of De La Salle. 

Kevin Ahern, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies at Manhattan College, will be the keynote speaker at the symposium. Carol Ann Gittens, Ph.D., dean of the Kalmanovitz School of Education at Saint Mary’s College of California and Jerry Kavouras, Ph.D., biology department chair and director of the environmental science program at Lewis University, will also participate. Brother Ernest J. Miller, FSC, D.Min., vice president of mission, diversity and inclusion at La Salle University will serve as moderator of the symposium.

Ahern is also a faculty advisor to the Just Peace organization at Manhattan College. His research focuses on the significance of Catholic institutional ministries and Christian social movements. He has authored Structures of Grace: Catholic Organizations Serving the Global Common Good and God’s Quad: Small Faith Communities on Campus and Beyond.

The virtual symposium will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Justice in the World, the 1971 Synod of Bishops’ social teaching document, and address Circular 412, The Educational Service of the Poor and the Promotion of Justice (1980), of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.

Faculty, staff, administrators and students from all Lasallian ministries, not limited to those involved in higher education, are most welcome to join what promises to be an engaging and informative online symposium.

The symposium will take place on Wednesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Registration is now open.

This event will be recorded. Registered attendees will receive the recording of the online symposium after the event is over.

This event is presented by the mission officers of LACU who minister at Bethlehem University, Christ the Teacher Institute of Education, Christian Brothers University, Ethiopian Catholic University – La Salle, La Salle University, Lewis University, Manhattan College, Saint Mary’s College of California and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, in collaboration with the Office for Lasallian Education at Christian Brothers Conference.

By Pete McHugh