What is the Lasallian Educational Mission?*
The Lasallian educational mission takes its name from Saint John Baptist de La Salle, a priest who, with a few lay companions, in France in 1680, formed a teaching community called the Brothers of the Christian Schools that operated free schools for the poor.
This pioneering group eventually became the Catholic Church’s largest order of religious Brothers dedicated exclusively to education. Familiarly known as the De La Salle Christian Brothers, the order continues to give “a human and Christian education to the young, especially the poor, according to the ministry which the Church has entrusted to it.”
The distinctive Lasallian approach recognizes all young people as children of God, deserving of respect and opportunity, and seeks to help them to realize their full potential. Today the global family of Lasallian educators includes some 5,000 Brothers and 77,000 dedicated lay Partners serving nearly 900,000 students in a thousand educational institutions in more than 80 countries. In the United States alone, there are a hundred Lasallian educational ministries serving more than 61,000 students. Fifty-four of those ministries are secondary schools – making Lasallian schools the largest network of Catholic secondary schools in the nation.
San Miguel is proud to be a Lasallian high school-- the only Lasallian school in Arizona!
As a Lasallian high school, students are taught five core principles:
- Respect for all Persons: We honor and respect the dignity of all individuals.
- Faith in the Presence of God: We believe in the living presence of God in our students, in our community, and in our world.
- Concern for the Poor and Social Justice: We are in solidarity with the poor and advocate for those suffering from injustices.
- Inclusive Community: We celebrate diversity and welcome all members of our community.
- Quality Education: We engage in quality education together as students, staff and faculty by thinking critically and examining our world in light of our faith.
These five principles are represented by each point on the Lasallian star (see picture above). This star is the central part of San Miguel's identity and logo-- along with the banner "Signum Fidei," or sign of faith.