Founder’s Week

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Founder’s Week at CBU begins on Monday, April 7, the official feast day of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the De La Salle Christian Brothers and patron saint of teachers. As the Bell Tower tolls each day at noon this week, you are asked to pause wherever you may be on campus and simply say to yourself or in a group together “Let Us Remember We Are in the Holy Presence of God.” The Founder began each day this way and has handed the invocation down for nearly 350 years.

Founder’s Week Heritage Mass, celebrated at Christian Brothers High School, will begin the week. Bishop Terry Steib will celebrate the Mass, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Brothers, faculty and staff, SGA Officers, Lasallian Fellows, and students are all invited to CBHS for this special Mass. Following the religious service, a continental breakfast will be served.

Also on April 7, the CBU Athletic Department will host the annual Brother Mark Sullivan Golf Tournament at Mirimichi Golf Course at 1:00 p.m. The President’s team includes two of our CBU Brothers. A Founder’s Week Prayer will be offered at lunch in Alfonso Dining Hall by our CBU Lasallian Fellows.

To further promote one of the pillars of the institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, our Student Life Department and Campus Ministry will jointly sponsor a clothing drive through Catholic Charities in Memphis. The drive will begin on Tuesday, April 8 and conclude on Wednesday evening.

Prayer Service will be offered at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, with the Brothers leading in song.

The clothing drive will continue all day on Wednesday, April 9 and conclude that evening. CBU’s first “Together For Mission Reception” on Wednesday will honor approximately 40 administrators, faculty, staff, and students have enrolled in or graduated from a variety of Lasallian Studies (such as the Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies, Lasallian Leadership Institute, or the International Lasallian University Leadership program) and programs, workshops, etc. on campus or locally. Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award winners over the years at CBU are also welcome! The reception will be hosted by the Brothers Community.

Plough Library will introduce its Lasallian Section on Wednesday, 1:00-2:00 p.m., and at 3:15 p.m., everyone is invited to gather on the Front Lawn on East Parkway to form a human Lasallian Star of Faith.

Examples of Stars of Faith (click to enlarge)

The President’s Community Conversation for faculty and staff will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, with an opening prayer provided by the Christian Brothers of the Lambert Hall Community. The Brothers will also host dinner in Alfonso Dining Hall on Thursday, providing special Lasallian treats.