Lasallian Heritage Month

Lasallian Heritage Month (April 2024)

Lasallian Heritage Month, held each April, features a variety of events, programs, and activities which recognize and honor employee and student commitment to Lewis University’s Catholic and Lasallian Mission. 

Wednesday, April 3

Mass and Community Meal
Sancta Alberta Chapel, 12:00 p.m.

Friday, April 5 – Sunday, April 7

Koinonia Retreat
La Salle Manor Retreat Center
Koinonia means community. Students are invited to participate in this Lewis University tradition, a weekend at La Salle Manor Retreat Center to build relationships and to focus on their relationship with God, with others and themselves.

For more information about the Koinonia Retreat, contact

Sunday, April 7

Mass in Celebration of Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Sancta Alberta Chapel, 7:00 p.m.
On April 7, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, Founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the Patron Saint of Teachers.

Easter Egg Hunt with the Brothers
The Christian Brothers will host an Easter Egg Hunt after the 7pm Mass. All are welcome to enjoy the food and the fun!

30th Anniversary of the Lewis University Mission Statement
On April 7, 1994, Lewis University adopted the Mission Statement that has guided our institution for the last three decades. To read the Mission Statement and learn more about our Mission Values, the Signum Fidei, and the Lasallian Core Principles, visit

Monday, April 8

3rd Annual Brother Bernard Rapp, FSC Lecture on Faith & Science
Fresh Waters: Science, Values, and the Role of Theology
University Dining Room (AS-104C), 3:30 p.m.

Presented by Christiana Zenner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Theology, Science, and Ethics and affiliated faculty in Environmental Studies at Fordham University-Lincoln Center
What kind of thing is water? How do we know water, scientifically, experientially, and ethically? This lecture and conversation explore the many textures and designations for fresh waters, including its life-giving and pollution-carrying dimensions in the Chicago area in recent years. It describes the Catholic Church's theological and ethical identification of access to clean, fresh water as a human right (as well as the complications to that notion, especially in the legislative and judicial contexts of the United States). Finally, through the topic of fresh waters but also beyond, this lecture-discussion explores how the Catholic Church in the current era under Pope Francis engages environmental science in formulating ethical norms.

The Brother Bernard Rapp, FSC Lecture on Faith & Science brings to campus scholars who explore the dynamic harmony and tensions of the Catholic faith and the scientific disciplines. Grounded in Lewis University’s mission values of knowledge, wisdom, and fidelity, the lecture series promotes dialogue, exploration, and discovery while shedding light on the mysteries of the human spirit.

Thursday, April 11

Annual “Together for Mission” Reception
La Salle House, 4:00 p.m.
Approximately 50 current participants or graduates of the Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies, the Lasallian Leadership Institute, the John Johnston Institute, and the International Lasallian University Leadership Program will attend this annual reception hosted by the La Salle House Community of Christian Brothers.

Wednesday, April 17 and Thursday, April 18

12th Annual Celebration of Scholarship
Lewis University will celebrate the scholarly accomplishments of graduate students, undergraduate students, and faculty in this event showcasing their work. Presentations by faculty and students representing dozens of disciplines will take place throughout the day at a variety of venues across campus. Please visit for additional information about the Celebration of Scholarship.

Monday, April 22

35th Annual Brother David Delahanty Student Athlete Awards
St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall, 7:00 p.m.
Scholar-athletes will be recognized for their significant academic accomplishments at this special ceremony. These prestigious awards are presented in memory of Brother David Delahanty, FSC, President of Lewis University from 1981-1987.  

Tuesday, April 23

31th Annual “A Celebration of Service” 
St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall, 3:00 p.m.
A highlight of the month, “A Celebration of Service” features the recognition of employee service anniversaries, retirements, and the presentation of several Lasallian awards, including the Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award. The Brother Louis Seiler Ministry of Teaching Awards will also be awarded at this year’s event. A reception will follow.

Tuesday, April 30

President’s Recognition of Student Excellence in Mission
Sancta Alberta Chapel, 4:30 p.m.
At this special event, the President will honor students that have dedicated themselves to the Catholic and Lasallian mission of Lewis University. The recipients of the De La Salle Medallions for Excellence in Interfaith Cooperation and Excellence in Service & Community Engagement will be awarded. The Lasallian Commencement Speaker and Fr. Aquinas Colgan Award recipient for the May 2024 Commencement Weekend will be announced, and the 2024-2025 Newman Civic Fellow and the participants in the McLaughlin Social Justice Institute of Lasallian Practice will also be introduced to the community at this event.

Wednesday, May 1

National Religious Brothers Day
Feast of St. Joseph the Worker 
Lewis University is proud to celebrate National Religious Brothers Day, sponsored by the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM), on May 1. National Religious Brothers Day coincides with the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker.

Mass and Community Meal
Sancta Alberta Chapel, 12:00 p.m.

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