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Msgr. Handwerker, Msgr. McArthur, and Joe Birch become Affiliates

Msgr. Handwerker, Msgr. McArthur, and Joe Birch become Affiliates

The Meaning of Affiliation

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To affiliate Joe, Msgr. Val and Msgr. John today is to make them spiritual sons of Saint John Baptist De La Salle, our holy Founder. As they are now DeLaSalle’s sons, they are now our brothers. This is the core of the meaning of affiliation to the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. The F.S.C. now following the names of the Brothers is the Latin, "Fratres, Scholarum, Christianarum… literally...Brothers of the Christian Schools. The "A" before the F.S.C. signifies Affiliation, letters now following Joe’s, Val’s and John’s names...the making of sons of St. De La Salle...and now Brothers of more than 5,000 Brothers of the Christian Schools found in more than 80 countries of the world.

To affiliate Joe, Msgr. Val and Msgr. John today is to share the Spirit of Faith with them. The emblem on the front of our program has in its center a star...the star of faith. And like the star which gives us light every day, the Spirit of Faith gives us light by which all Brothers live day in and day out the life of the community Brother who devotes his life to the Christian education of youth. Without this Spirit of Faith we are dead members. With this Spirit of Faith we are alive and well and serving God and our neighbors. The crucifix, part of our habit, is our chief symbol of openness to God and to our neighbor.

To affiliate Joe, Msgr. Val and Msgr. John today is to share the Christian Scriptures which nourish us daily. They form part of the religious habit. They form the principal rule we are to follow. Our prayer life is rooted in the Gospel...the Good News that we are to bring to our neighbors day in and day out.

To affiliate Joe, Msgr. Val and Msgr. John today is to share the Rule given to us by Saint De La Salle. It is a Rule of life. It clearly spells out for the Brothers the best pattern to follow in order to be truly fulfilled as men serving the world as Christian educators. It is a Rule of life inspired and shaped by Saint De La Salle and evolved into the present day by Brothers who have asked the Holy Spirit to help them adapt the Holy Rule to make it alive in these times, maintaining utter faithfulness to the Founder.

To affiliate Joe, Msgr. Val and Msgr. John today is to share our devotion to our Blessed Mother...a devotion symbolized by another part of the habit, the six decade rosary. With the Church we pray the Glorious, Luminous, Sorrowful and Joyful mysteries and we Brothers add a sixth decade, inspired by De La Salle, to honor the Immaculate Conception, to pray for the Church, the Pope, for good vocations, for all our Brothers living here and in heaven.

To affiliate Joe, Msgr. Val and Msgr. John today is to let them know very directly that they have been doing the work of our Institute alongside us and now they become one of us. In our communities throughout the world where daily in community prayer the expression is heard, "Our friends, relatives, benefactors and affiliated members"...they are the sharers of the daily prayers of the Brothers. As sons of St. De La Salle…they are now our Brothers.