La Salle Academy’s April Recap
As we move from April to May, we also step from the 370th birthday of John Baptist de La Salle on 30 April to the observance of International Religious Brothers Day on 1 May. Both events have great resonance in the history of La Salle Academy. La Salle, the man, is the Patron Saint of Teachers, the Founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, and the individual for whom our school is named. As one of the Brothers in the group that traces itself back to that Founder, I am grateful and proud that my confreres have been associated with La Salle Academy since its foundation in 1848 when Brothers Stylien, Andronis, Albian, and Pastoris got off the boat from France and made their way to Canal Street to start teaching.
I imagine those four men would marvel at a concept like remote education and the existence of a La Salle Academy app for one’s phone. (First, they would ask, “What’s a phone?!”) I suspect they would be amazed that almost all graduates would continue their studies at a four-year university. I am confident they would be glad that a quality Catholic education is still being provided to immigrants and the sons of immigrants in Lower Manhattan.
Our VP for Advancement, Ismini Scouras, has chosen to continue her career at a new venue. With thanks for her service to La Salle, we wish her well. Our fundraising efforts continue, however, and we anticipate our 29th Annual Scholarship Benefit on Thursday, 24 June at 6:00 pm. We will gather in an outdoor setting with a limited capacity and observe all CDC protocols as we honor Michael Ambrosino ’62, Stephon Barnes ’97, and former faculty member, Stephen Kerrigan. The awards ceremony will be livestreamed and we look forward to welcoming attendees from around the world. Plan to join us!
Sincerely, with prayers and best wishes,
Brother Thomas P. Casey, FSC