|6/6/2017 9:11:00 AM|
La Salle Prep marks 50 years with Mass at cathedral
The archbishop commends the school's commitment to the ideals of St. John Baptist de La Salle
Archbishop Alexander Sample praised La Salle Prep during the school’s 50th anniversary Mass at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland May 17.
“It is a joy to celebrate with you this incredible milestone,” he said to a congregation of students, staff, alumni, parents, benefactors, priests, Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, and De La Salle Christian Brothers from the San Francisco/New Orleans District.
“La Salle is a very special school in our community because it is founded on the principles of your founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle.”
The archbishop noted that de La Salle defied convention in 17th-century France when he renounced his wealth and status and dedicated his life to educating the poor.
He praised La Salle Prep for not only preparing students for life, but also for continuing “to live the spirit of the founder, providing an education that is accessible to all who want to avail themselves of it.”
Gary Hortsch, the school’s director of faith life, said the Mass was a good time for everyone in the La Salle community to reflect and take in the big picture.
“The Mass at the cathedral positioned us to reflect on our presence in the archdiocese and the greater international church,” Hortsch said. “We go to school in Milwaukie with a particular group of people, but really we are part of the much larger tapestry of the Lasallian world.”
Dozens of students contributed to making the Mass a celebration of community. Students sang in the choir, read Scripture, brought up the gifts, and were altar servers. They also wrote the Prayers of the Faithful.
Students quieted themselves as they entered the 12,000-square-foot Romanesque-style cathedral for the service.
Several said that celebrating La Salle’s Mass at the seat the Archdiocese of Portland was a fitting way for the school to cap its yearlong anniversary celebration.
“It’s special to do it here in such a gorgeous church,” said senior Bethany Barbieri. “It’s a great way to end the 50th — in the most spiritual way possible.”
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