“The most important thing is to know if we are contributing to the creation of a world that is more human, starting from Gospel values. What is important is to exploit the dynamism of our founding charism, to know how to take risks while looking ahead. The most important thing is not to know if we have a future. The most important thing is that our present has meaning, that our life is worth the effort, that many, thanks to us, discover the face of God and his maternal tenderness, that the Gospel be proclaimed to the poor and that young people find in us the support they need.”
Álvaro Rodríguez Echeverría, F.S.C.
De La Salle Christian Brothers
Welcome to the webpage for the Office of Mission Integration at La Salle University. The Office of Mission reports directly to the University President and serves as an advisor on and originator of programs and activities intended to preserve the Lasallian and Catholic character of the University.
Responsibilities of the Office are primarily directed toward developing partners in mission: raising awareness, understanding and commitment to the Lasallian charism among faculty and staff. Mission preservation initiatives that deal primarily with students are largely the responsibility of the Office of University Ministry and Service and can be found via a link to its site under Lasallian Links on the menu to the left.
One of the six main themes of the University’s 2009 Strategic Plan, The Will to Excel, is “mission integration.” By giving the issue a prominent place in its strategic plan, La Salle implicitly says the following:
- It will continue to make Lasallian values a defining mark of the University;
- It will preserve its identity and heritage through a partnership of Brothers, laymen and laywomen;
- It will continue to place the needs of students at the center of its work;
- It will give increased attention to structures required for the development of authentic community and shared purposes.
The University desires that its faculty, staff and students be inspired by the life of John Baptist de La Salle and to understand more widely his work and legacy. The Office of Mission Integration, therefore, helps to give focus to this aspect of La Salle and to bring together members of the community who can contribute to the mission. The Office of Mission sponsors programs and activities with this end in mind. It involves the La Salle community in the development of structures to preserve its heritage and values, teach students the connection between faith and life, and demonstrate the University’s commitment to the service of others. The University is proud of its heritage and is fully engaged in preserving the essential characteristics that define the University as Lasallian.