Convocation - SAVE THE DATE, Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - Community Time

The Academic Convocation is a formal community celebration of our Lasallian/Catholic tradition, held each year during De La Salle Week.    

Convocation is the centerpiece of a weeklong celebration of the life of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers, founder of the Christian Brothers and the College’s Lasallian heritage and mission.

Brother Louis De Thomasis, FSC, president emeritus and professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and co-founder and former president of the Christian Brothers Investment Services (CBIS) will receive an honorary doctoral degree in educational leadership at Saint Mary’s College of California’s annual De La Salle Week Convocation at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2019 in the College’s Chapel.Brother Louis DeThomasis, FSC, president emeritus and professor of interdisciplinary studies at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and co-founder and former president of the Christian Brothers Investment Services (CBIS) will receive an honorary doctoral degree in educational leadership at Saint Mary’s 2019 Academic Convocation. The celebratory event, which is free and open to the public, takes place in the College’s Chapel at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga, Calif. 94575.

“Brother Louis DeThomasis is a widely respected theologian whose lifelong service to the Church and stellar academic leadership is an inspirational model for us all,” said Saint Mary’s President James Donahue. “We are extremely proud and privileged to have him visit the College and offer his insights on the priorities of Lasallian educators now, during this special tricentennial year.”

The Convocation holds special significance this year, as it recognizes #300LaSalle, the global celebration of the tercentenary of the Lasallian Catholic and educational legacy of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers and founder of the De La Salle Christian Brothers. 

“Brother Louis is truly a remarkable and unique individual,” added Vice President for Mission Frances Sweeney. “He has been an exemplary leader in the Lasallian Catholic higher educational community, having us embrace what we do in our scholarship and in our teaching, and how we prepare students to impact society for the common good. He has a clear vision for the important role Lasallian universities play in the 21st century.”

During the Convocation, the College will also present two inaugural awards to recognize a Saint Mary’s faculty member and staff member as distinguished Lasallian educators. The Office of Mission invites nominations of colleagues whose work here at Saint Mary's and demonstrates active commitment to the College’s mission and the five Lasallian Core Principles: faith in the presence of God, quality education, inclusive community, respect for all persons, and concern for the poor and social justice. Please send nominations, with a brief rationale, to Sally Jamison at sjamison@stmarys-ca.edu by Friday, April 12.

 

Past Convocation Honorees:

  • Dr. Carmelita I. Ouebengco, Chancellor Emeritus and University Fellow at De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines
  • Brother Peter Bray, FSC, Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem, University
  • Brother Thomas Johnson,FSC,  Director of the Novitiate for the Lasallian Region of North America. ( Read his address)  
  • Brother Robert Schieler, Superior General (Read his address)
  • Brother Armin Altamirano Luistro, Secretary of Education Philippines (Read his address)
  • Brother Alvaro Rodriquez Echeverria, Superior General
  • Brother Gustavo Ramirez Barba, Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, General Councilor
  • Brother Augustine (Gus) Boquer,  President of De La Salle University-Dasmarinas, Philippines
  • Brother Carlos Gabriel Gomez-Restrepo, President of Universidad of de La Salle, Bogota, Columbia
  • Gery Short, Director of Education for the De La Salle Christian Brothers for the Western Province
  • Brother Jose Cervantes, founder of four universities in Mexico (More about this honoree)
  • Brother Gerard Rummery, International formator
  • Brother Ed Siderwitz, founder of San Miguel and Catalyst schools in Chicago
  • Brother Vincent Malham, former President of Bethlehem University