Brother Gerard Rummery, FSC, PhD


When you first come to a Lasallian school, you frequently hear the words Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God. This is a practice from the very first schools begun by De La Salle, where every half-hour, a student tinkled a small bell and then said these words. There followed a period of silence for all to reflect. This silence was, and still remains, of the greatest importance. Nowadays, the silence is ended in some countries by all saying with the leader, “I will continue, O my God, to do all my actions for love of you.” This paper discusses the history and practice of using Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God in Lasallian ministries.

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Let Us Remember That We Are in the Holy Presence of God

Keywords: Catholic; Lasallian; De La Salle

Gerard Rummery, FSC, Ph.D.

Gerard Rummery, FSC, holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Lancaster University. He served two periods on the staff of the International Lasallian Center (CIL) in Rome and was twice elected to the General Council of the De La Salle Christian Brothers (1986-1993 and 1993-2000). He remains a presenter and researcher with Lasallian Education Services in Australia.