“God, who guides all things with wisdom and serenity and whose way it is not to force the inclinations of persons, willed to commit me entirely to the development of the schools. He did this in an imperceptible way and over a long period of time, so that one commitment led to another in a way that I did not foresee in the beginning.”
Saint John Baptist de La Salle, Memoir on the Beginnings (1694)
The Encounter is a monument and sculpture located near North Hall that is inspired by a pivotal moment in the life of Saint John Baptist de La Salle – the moment De La Salle meets Adrien Nyel at the convent of the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus in Reims, France. It was dedicated on April 30, 2019, the 368th birthday of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, in the tercentenary year of the completion of his earthly journey.
Lewis University gratefully acknowledges Jay D. and Lori Bergman for their generous contributions to this monument.