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15 JAN 2001. VOLUME 31. NUMBER 31. 4 PAGES 

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La Salle moves its faith

De La Salle University-Manila will observe the Mission Statement University Week on January 21-26 with the theme “Moving Faith.” The weeklong event will remind members of the Lasallian community to inspire others to live a life of faith.
This year’s theme focuses on the various Lasallian programs and activities that have been developed and undertaken in line with the University’s thrust on community service. It gives recognition to the different colleges and departments of the University for their contributions in helping uplift the conditions of Filipino society, especially those in the marginalized sectors.

The University Week will kick off with a morning community mass for the Lasallian family at the University Football Field on January 21. Immediately after the mass, a series of fun games will be held for the whole community.
During the week, an alternative class, called the Lasalllian Enrichment Alternative Program (LEAP), will be offered to the students. Sponsored by the Student Council and the Council of Student Organizations, LEAP is a series of lectures on various topics of interest to the students.

Different college professors will also deliver professorial chair lectures related to the theme in the succeeding days.
On the lighter side, the weeklong affair will also showcase the talents of the administrators, faculty, staff, and students in a variety show. Alumni celebrities will also join the celebration in the concert “Moving Faith in Music,” organized by the Engineering College of Assembly.

January 18 Feast Day
Saint Brother Jaime Hilario (1898-1937)

Manuel Barbal Cosan was born on January 2, 1898 in Enviny, a small town at the foot of the Pyrenees in northern Spain. Known for his serious nature, he was only 12 years old when, with the blessing of his devout and hardworking parents, he entered the minor seminary of the diocese of Urgel. He soon developed hearing problems and was advised to return home. Convinced that God was calling him, he was overjoyed in 1917 to learn that the Institute of the Brothers would accept him in the novitiate at Irun, Spain

In July of 1936, Cosan was at Mollerosa on his way to visit his family at Enviny when the civil war broke out. Recognized as a Brother, he was arrested and jailed. In December he was transferred to Tarragona and confined in a prison ship with several other Brothers. On January 15, 1937, he was given a summary trial. Though he could have been freed by claiming to be only a gardener, he insisted on his identity as a religious and thereby sealed his doom.

Brother Jaime Hilario was brought to the cemetery known as the Mount of Olives on January 18 to face execution. His last words to his assailants were, “To die for Christ, my young friends, is to live.” When two volleys failed to meet their mark, the soldiers dropped their rifles and fled in panic. The commander, shouting a gross insult, fired five shots at close range and the victim fell at his feet. He was canonized on the 21st of November 1999. (Excerpt from Lasallian Lithurgies)


 

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