Guiding Principles of the Philippine Lasallian Family



Since the First Lasallian District Synod in 1999, two questions have constantly arisen in respect to the burgeoning Lasallian Family in the Philippines. These questions are: Who are we as Lasallians? and What are we about ? These are important questions. We believe that we can innovate and respond creatively to the needs of our times more effectively if we are clear about our center—the principles and non-negotiables that form the template of our apostolic activity. This collection of four documents represents nearly 10 years of local reflection on the subject of Lasallian identity and mission. While these documents have been published separately in the past, we thought it might prove more useful for Lasallian partners to come up with a kind of compendium of key documents for quick and easy reference. These documents are meant to be used especially by those with leadership and managerial responsibilities in schools. It is our hope that they can stimulate, enrich and guide discussions on educational and pastoral concerns.


Guiding Principles
Lasallian Formation, Lasallian Education & Social Development 

These three documents, the Foundational Principles of Lasallian Formation, the Principles of Lasallian Education in the Philippines, and the Principles of Lasallian Social Development, are products of an ongoing effort to define and clarify the nature of the Lasallian presence and mission in the country today. They are the direct result of resolutions passed during the First Lasallian Family Convocation of 2003 calling for the strengthening of the sense of Lasallian identity and the deepening of the Lasallian charism among individuals and institutions in the Philippine District. Each of these statements builds on three values which are fundamental to Lasallian identity: the spirit of faith, zeal for service, and communion in mission. The intention of each of the three documents is to articulate the commitments that flow from these values in relation to the training and formation of Lasallian associates and partners, the conduct of the Lasallian educational mission in schools and the socio-political involvement of the Lasallian Family.

The preamble of the Foundational Principles of Lasallian Formation articulates the core values of Lasallian identity. In this sense, it is the “heart” of the three documents. The values of faith, zeal for service, and communion, taken together as dimensions of one spirit, capture an important dynamism that goes back to the time of the Founder and his first associates. It is this same dynamism that has given rise to the countless apostolic initiatives and innovations that have since grown out of St. John Baptist de La Salle’s initial response to the call of God discerned in the needs of poor and abandoned youth. Taken as one spirit, the spirit of faith, zeal and communion provide a paradigm for living the Lasallian story today.

These documents are intended to stimulate apostolic creativity, not to restrict it. The intention of the members of the three committees tasked with drawing up these documents was to provide a starting point for discernment regarding the way the Lasallian charism and mission are to be incarnated in Philippine society today. They are intended to provide principles and parameters rather than specific answers and solutions. It is the task of individuals and institutions using these documents to find ways in which to develop their own contextualized way of living out the Lasallian story in creative fidelity to the principles articulated herein. 

Convocation Ad Hoc Committtee Members

In behalf of the Philippine Lasallian Family, we salute the following committed Brothers and Lay Partners who shared their time and talents to draw up the 3 documents as mandated by the Convocation of 2003.

Foundational Principles of Lasallian Formation

Br. Michael Valenzuela FSC (Chair)
Mr. Michael Gamo
Mr. Voc Mistades
Ms. Amy Galang
Dr. Roberto Borromeo
Ms. Myra Patambang
Ms. Evangeline de Peralta
Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC
Ms. Josefina Burgos
Br. Kennneth Martinez FSC
Br. Cecilio Hojilla FSC
Mr. Rene Recones
Br. Josemari Jimenez FSC
Mr. Jojo Iñola

Principles of Lasallian Education in the Philippines

Dr. Allan Bernardo (Chair)
Br. Michael Valenzuela FSC
Mrs. Rebecca Mendoza
Mrs. Teresa Jochico
Dr. Robreto Borromeo
Ms.Teresa Barcoma
Br. Roberto Casingal FSC

Principles of Lasallian Social Development

Mr. Ronald Holmes (Chair )
Mr. Cesar Villanueva
Mr. Eric dela Torre
Br. Emmanuel Hilado FSC
Br. Manuel Pajarillo FSC

Lasallian Associations, Associates and Other Relationships

Dr. Roberto Borromeo (Chair)
Mr. Fernando Belleza
Ms. Josefina Burgos
Ms. Evangeline de Peralta
Br. Armin Luistro FSC
Ms. Mila Manatad
Mrs. Myra Patambang
Dr. Carmelita Quebengco AFSC
Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC


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