Lasallian Heritage Month

Lasallian Heritage Month (April 2022)

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.     

Monday, April 4

18th Signum Fidei Lecture
D’Arcy Great Room, 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Gente Puente (Bridge People): Latina/o Contributions for Bridging Today’s Cultural, Political and Religious Divides

The world is polarized today. The bad news is that the divide is deep, tribal, harmful, and spreading – making us unable to work together on existential problems like climate change and systemic racism. The good news is this growing impasse might also bring a nudge for change. Escarfuller and Serrano-Puebla’s presentation offers parables for what this change might look like from examples of Latina/o bridging experiences, including the Engaging Stories program at Lewis, U.S. Catholic Latino pastoral-theological movements, and frameworks promoted by Pope Francis. From the bridging experiences among Latina/o communities, and their young people in particular, they recall a historical thread alive today: unexpected ways that deeply rooted oppositions can and do change.

Presented by:
Juan Escarfuller and Crystal Serrano-Pueblafrom Instituto Fe y Vida

Wednesday, April 6

30th Annual “A Celebration of Service” 
St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall, 3:30 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. A reception will follow.

Thursday, April 7

Lewis Community Mass in Celebration of Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Sancta Alberta Chapel, 4:00 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. To commemorate this occasion, Mass will be held at 4:00 p.m. in Sancta Alberta Chapel. Fr. Dennis Lewandowski, University Chaplain, will preside.

Tuesday, April 19

34th 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 19 – Friday, April 22

Outstanding Student Employment Recognition
The Office of Financial Aid will celebrate the student employees that were nominated for Outstanding Student Employee with their individual departments and supervisors.

Thursday, April 21

10th 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 25

Sanctified Zone Rededication Ceremony
Cordano Heritage Circle outside Sancta Alberta Chapel, 3:00 p.m.

Join members of the Diversity Engagement Committee (DEC) and faculty, staff, and students from around the University for this annual rededication of the University as a Sanctified Zone, where we are a community United in Diversity. To learn more about the Sanctified Zone, please visit this site.

Tuesday, April 26

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 Service & Community Engagement, Excellence in Interfaith Cooperation, and Excellence in the Promotion of Intentional Faith will be recognized along with new inductees to the Society of Lasallian Collegians. The Student Lasallian Commencement Speaker and Newman Civic Fellow will also be introduced to the community at this event.

Wednesday, April 27

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 Community of Christian Brothers.

Sunday, May 1

Commencement Mass
Sancta Alberta Chapel, 11:00 a.m.

As a way to honor our graduates and to pray for all students at the start of Finals Week, all students and their families as well as faculty and staff are invited to attend the May 2022 Commencement Mass in Sancta Alberta Chapel at 11:00 a.m. This is a Mass of Celebration for all of the accomplishments of our graduates as well as the for the love and support of their families, friends and educators. Fr. Dennis Lewandowski, University Chaplain, will preside. People of all faith traditions are invited to celebrate.

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.