Lasallian Heritage Month

Lasallian Heritage Month 2019

Lewis University’s Annual Recognition of Mission Commitment,
Academic Excellence, and Lasallian Engagement

Lasallian Heritage Month, held each April, features a variety of events, programs, and activities which recognize and honor employee and student commitment to Lewis University’s Catholic and Lasallian Mission.      


Thursday, April 4 

10th Annual Presentation of the Bishop Roger L. Kaffer Outstanding Principal Award
University Dining Room, 8:00 a.m.
Joliet Diocesan presidents and principals will gather to recognize a colleague for outstanding leadership. This event is sponsored by the Institute for the Advancement of Catholic and Lasallian Education (IACLE).

Mass in Celebration of Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Sancta Alberta Chapel, 12:30 p.m.
Members of the Lewis University Community will gather for a special liturgy in anticipation of the Feast of Saint John Baptist de La Salle (Sunday, April 7). Fr. John Belmonte, SJ, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Joliet, will be the celebrant. All are welcome! 

St. John Baptist de La Salle…Pray for us: A Discussion of the Sacred
Sancta Alberta Chapel, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Join Dr. Dennis Cremin (History) and Dr. Maryellen Collett (Theology) for a collaborative and interactive event to commemorate the month-long display of the De La Salle relic in the Lewis University Library. Dr. Cremin will discuss the importance of the Sanctuary of Saint John Baptist de La Salle at the Christian Brothers Motherhouse, in Rome, Italy, the sacred place that was built specifically to house the remains of De La Salle.  Dr. Collett and her students will respond to Dr. Cremin’s presentation and discuss the role of relics in the Catholic Church and the broader culture while leading an interactive dialogue among those in attendance about their own ideas of what is “sacred.”  This is an Arts and Ideas event.

2nd Annual President’s Recognition of Student Excellence in Mission
University Dining Room, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
The President will honor students with the De La Salle Medallions for Excellence in Service & Community Engagement; Excellence in Interfaith Cooperation; Excellence in the Promotion of Intentional Faith; and Excellence in Justice Advocacy at this special reception.

Friday, April 5

12 for 21: 12 Virtues of a Lasallian Educator for the 21st Century
Vigilance, Generosity, and Prudence
La Salle House, 3:00 p.m.
Faculty and staff are invited to this final event in the 12 for 21 series.

The virtues that will be discussed are:
Vigilance – Dr. Susan Sheffer, College of Arts and Sciences
Generosity – Dr. George Klemic, College of Business
Prudence – Dr. Stephanie Gedzyk-Nieman, College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Spaces are limited.  Please contact Margaret Grabowski for more information and to RSVP.

Saturday, April 6

4th Annual Lasallian Nurses Retreat: The Virtues of a Lasallian Nurse
D’Arcy Great Room, 8:30am – 1:00pm
Explore how the virtues of a Lasallian educator fit well with a person’s call to be a nurse. 
Please visit for additional information.

Sunday, April 7

Feast of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, Patron of All Teachers of Youth
300th Anniversary of the Death of Saint John Baptist de La Salle

Sunday Evening Liturgy
Sancta Alberta Chapel, 8:00pm


Wednesday, April 10

President’s Recognition of Outstanding Student Employees
Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  
The President and the Office of Financial Aid Services will recognize the accomplishments of the 2019 Outstanding Student Employee Award, along with the finalists of this prestigious award. 

Thursday, April 11

8th Annual Celebration of Scholarship
Lewis University will celebrate the scholarly accomplishments of graduate students, undergraduate students, and faculty in this event showcasing their work. Please visit for additional information.

Friday, April 12

Celebration of Community Partnership
University Dining Room, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
This celebration recognizes the significant contributions of our off-campus partners and awards one of them with the De La Salle Medallion for Excellence in Community Partnership.

Sunday, April 14

Society of Lasallian Collegians Induction Ceremony
Sancta Alberta Chapel, 8:00 p.m.
During this special liturgy, a group of students will be inducted into the Society of Lasallian Collegians, an honorary association of individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the integration of their faith with generous service.


Monday, April 15

11th Annual Presentation of “This I Believe” Essays by Students and Employees
D’Arcy Great Room, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
All are welcome to the annual public recitation of “This I Believe” essays, which describe the core values that animate the life and work of students and employees. This event is sponsored by The Writing Center and the DISCOVER Initiative.

Mission Monday Discussion: Let us Remember That We Are in the Holy Presence of God
Library Conference Room, 3:00 p.m.
All are welcome to join a group discussion focused on the brief article by noted Lasallian scholar Brother Gerard Rummery, FSC, entitled Let Us Remember That We Are in the Holy Presence of God. Contact Margaret Grabowski to RSVP and to receive a copy of the article.

Tuesday, April 16

14th Annual “Together for Mission” Reception
La Salle House, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Current participants or graduates from various Lasallian formation programs will attend this annual reception hosted by the La Salle House community of Christian Brothers.

Wednesday, April 17

27th Annual “A Celebration of Service”  
St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall, 3:00 p.m.
A Celebration of Service will feature an opening prayer service, the recognition of employee service anniversaries, retirements, and the presentation of several awards to faculty and staff, including the Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award.


Tuesday, April 23

Lasallians Hearts on Fire: Diversity Week Opening Keynote Speaker - Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington
The Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Art Gallery, 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Diversity Week 2019 opens with a presentation by Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington, who will highlight inclusive excellence. This is an Arts and Ideas event.

31st Annual Brother David Delahanty Student Athlete Awards
St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall, 7:00 p.m.
Scholar-athletes will be recognized for their significant academic accomplishments.

Friday, April 26

Rejoice; Alleluia; He is Risen! Easter Concert
Sancta Alberta Chapel, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
All are invited to attend this special afternoon concert by the University Ministry Choir to celebrate the Easter season.

Sanctified Zone Rededication Ceremony
Cordano Heritage Circle/Sancta Alberta Chapel, 3:00 p.m.
Join members of the Diversity Engagement Committee (DEC) and faculty, staff, and students for this annual rededication of the University as a Sanctified Zone - A Community United in Diversity.


Monday, April 29

Mission Monday Discussion: Led by the Spirit
Library Conference Room, 3:00 p.m.
All are welcome to join a group discussion focused on the brief biography of De La Salle entitled Saint John Baptist de La Salle: Led by the Spirit, which will be provided in advance.  Contact Margaret Grabowski to RSVP and to receive a copy of the reading.

Tuesday, April 30

368th Anniversary of the Birth of Saint John Baptist de La Salle

The Encounter Monument Dedication Ceremony and Reception
Near North Hall, 3:00 p.m.
Join us as we formally dedicate The Encounter, a new monument and statue of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, which was made possible through the generous support of benefactors Jay and Lori Bergman.  A reception hosted by the De La Salle Christian Brothers and the Office of Mission and Identity will follow the ceremony at 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 1

National Religious Brothers Day Celebration and Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker
Lewis University concludes Lasallian Heritage Month with events to commemorate National Religious Brothers Day. The Celebration coincides with the feast of St. Joseph the Worker.   

Lunch with the Brothers
Charlie's Place in the Academic and Science Building
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Come to the Charlie's Place to enjoy your lunch and visit with the De La Salle Christian Brothers.

O Brother, Who Art Thou? – A Panel Discussion with De La Salle Christian Brothers
DL-250, 2:00 p.m.
Listen to Brother Thomas Dupré, FSC, Brother Chuck Gregor, FSC, and Brother Peter Hannon, FSC talk about their lives, their experiences, and their vocations as De La Salle Christian Brothers. This event is part of the DISCOVER Initiative’s Let Your Life Speak series.


Relic of Saint John Baptist de La Salle Displayed in Lewis University Library
From April 4 until May 19, both display cases in the Lewis University Library will feature items related to the De La Salle Christian Brothers and our Lasallian heritage, including a relic of our Founder, Saint John Baptist de La Salle.