Superior General Brother Alvaro Rodriguez Echeverria, FSC, the head of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools around the world, visited The San Miguel School of Providence on November 3 as part of his official visit to the United States.
Brother Alvaro holds the highest office of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, whose 6,000 Brothers and 100,000 lay people teach nearly 1 million students in schools, colleges, and universities in 82
countries worldwide. Lasallian schools and agencies are dedicated to the
educational service to the young, especially the poor. San Miguel is one of five
Lasallian agencies in Rhode Island.
Brother Alvaro's visit to San Miguel included a special assembly, a tour of the facilities, and focus groups with students, graduates, and supporters. Brother Alvaro also addressed the school community, urging students to continue to live out the Lasallian values of faith, community, and service by having "hearts without borders."
"Having Brother Alvaro visit us was special to the San Miguel School community. I was lucky enough to be a part of a discussion group with Brother Alvaro, some students, and a few graduates. He listened to our stories and to what we had to say about our experience at San Miguel. It was nice to know that Brother Alvaro really cared about each of us as though we were all a part of the same family.
Brother Alvaro's visit to San Miguel was important because it reminded us that there are other students in schools like ours all around the world. At San Miguel, we call ourselves 'brothers,' but now I know that I have other brothers, and "Brothers," all over the world. We are all in the same family."
~Greg, grade 8