On September 12, 2001, under the directive of The District Chapter of the Brothers of the Long Island – New England District, a special group of men and women came together to discuss the possibility of opening a school. The school would be a Catholic middle school, and its clientele would be young men whose families could not pay the cost associated with existing Catholic schools. It would not be driven by income from tuition but rather dependent on God’s Providence manifested through the generosity of benefactors. The chairperson of the committee was a brother by the name of Brother Thomas P, Casey, FSC.
During the first meeting, the Feasibility Study Committee decided to recommend that the school be opened, and in September 2002, The De La Salle School opened its doors with Brother Thomas at the helm as the Executive Director. For thirteen years, Brother Thomas led our school with love, courage, faith and zeal.
Twenty-two years later we are still spreading our great mission, and today our blessings continue to grow. Brother Thomas Casey has decided to help further the mission started by Saint John Baptist De La Salle of educating underserved young men. It is with great pleasure that we welcome Brother Thomas Casey back home.
This past week, Brother Thomas met with the leadership team to discuss assisting with securing grant opportunities. Because of his love and his extensive knowledge as the founder of our school, who better to help identity and assist us in this process than him. The meeting consisted of an in-depth brainstorming session where the needs of the students and school were discussed.
Over the next few months, the committee will work on identifying initiatives and grants that will help us continue to be a school that provides a quality education in a nurturing environment with Gospel values. Education is a powerful tool for empowerment and social progress, and extending educational opportunities to underserved young men will open doors to a brighter future for them.
Remember, because of your support we are making a positive impact on the lives of the young men we serve. It is not only about education but also about empowerment, equal opportunity, and social justice. Believing in our mission is a crucial first step, and it is the driving force that can help us overcome challenges and work towards our goals.
Your commitment to this mission is truly inspiring, and a special thank you to Brother Thomas for contributing his time and expertise to further our efforts.
SAINT JOHN BAPTIST DE LA SALLE…PRAY FOR US
LIVE JESUS IN OUR HEARTS…FOREVER!
Mrs. Roxanna De Peña-Elder