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La Salle, centenary of a fruitful presence


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The presence in Peru of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, better known as the De La Salle Brothers, celebrates a century and I feel the need to express in these lines my sentiments of affection and gratitude to my unforgettable teachers. The Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools was the work of Saint John Baptist de La Salle (1651 – 1719), a French religious canonized on May 24, 1900 by Pope Leo XIII, who has bequeathed contributions of great significance in the field of education, making his followers spread his teachings throughout the world with renewed success.

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In September 1921, the Brothers of the Christian Schools signed the pertinent contract to take charge of the Santo Toribio College – Seminary, this being the first work they undertook in Peru. It was Monsignor Emilio Lisson, Archbishop of Lima, who, aware of the admirable academic capacity of the De La Salle Brothers, personally arranged for their visit to Peru in Brussels. From 1926 the Brothers began their teaching work for the community of Lima. In the early years, they rented increasingly larger premises, as the number of primary and secondary students grew constantly, as well as the prestige of their institution.

As plausible as predictable reception made the Brothers take the decision to build a school. For this, they chose a large piece of land in what would be the district of Breña, in block 6 of Av. Arica. The works began in 1934 and it was inaugurated on May 17, 1936, with the assistance of the President of the Republic, Oscar R. Benavides. It is a very spacious and comfortable building. It has four floors, a beautiful chapel, theater, museum of natural species and a large library. Later, the Kennel Park premises were annexed, turning it into a velodrome and sports field. For some decades it has had a large church that stands out for its beautiful finishes.

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Time is now to remember my teachers. To brother Oscar, Noé Zevallos, lover of letters, good poet; the measured brother Enrique; Brother Agustín, who used to constantly rub his hands together and was a wonderful professor of Universal History and other Humanities subjects; the frowning brother Miguel, professor of Physics and Chemistry; to the affable brother Alberto, who taught us Philosophy; to the cordial brother Héctor, in charge of the bookstore; the plump and good-natured brother Honorio, who prepared an invigorating concoction for the players on the basketball team and was in charge of the choir; Brother Graciano, Prefect of Discipline; Brother Hipólito, in charge of what is now known as logistics, who, among other things, made the 14 modern blue buses, called “gondolas”, which took and brought the majority of students from almost all schools, worked like clockwork. districts of the capital, since the school was then a little out of the way. Most of the Brothers were Spanish and some had fought in the Civil War. There were also Peruvians, Ecuadorians and Bolivians. On the promotion trip that took place in 1953, I met many Brothers in schools in Cuzco and Arequipa who I learned later had been transferred to Lima.

I remember with great affection my classmates from the aforementioned class of 1953, a flourishing decade for our country, and I have the pleasure of mentioning that a large number of them reached important positions exercising their careers in the civil sphere and some in the military. . Many anecdotes would make these words endless. It may seem like a cliché, but really the school years are endearing. Every day we had an hour of the Religion course and the faith that I received from my parents was deeply cemented with the teachings of the Brothers of my school. If I were in the 16th century, I would define myself as an “old Christian, albeit a sinner”. But in this 21st century I can thank God that my faith remains intact. In it I lived and in it I wish to die. Finally, my best wishes and best wishes for this centenary to the Brothers of the Christian Schools, hoping that they celebrate another centenary. My best memories, wrapped in nostalgia, to the “Mansion of Peace”, as our hymn says so many times sung and recorded eternally in the heart.


Source: Elcomercio

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