Mission & Ministry

mission & ministry

Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us!
Live, Jesus, in our hearts! Forever!

De La Salle Collegiate is an educational ministry within the Archdiocese of Detroit founded upon the tradition of Saint John Baptist de La Salle (1651-1719), and rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, sharing in the teaching mission of the Catholic Church. As such, De La Salle strives for excellence in the spiritual, academic, physical and cultural development of our students.

De La Salle invites and challenges every student to make his faith a living reality, while at the same time, preparing them for leadership and service in the Church and the world.

Mission & Ministry Calendar

Campus Ministry

We are a community of faith and zeal
Guided by the life and Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Emphasizing the inalienable dignity of each person. Fostering a love for wisdom and truth through the tradition and teaching of the Catholic Church. Striving to develop authentic personal relationships through trust and mutual respect.

We are a community of prayer and worship
Gathering regularly for the celebration of the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation.
Praying together each day as a school community.

We are a community of service
Living our commitment to service and the common good. Providing opportunities for students to assume leadership for strengthening and nurturing their faith.
Exercising a preferential option for the poor.


Day Retreats

A retreat is a specific amount of time set aside from the typical day-to-day activities in order to pray, meditate, and contemplate one's relationship with God, themselves, and others. A retreat will often take place at a location that lends itself to silence and solitude away from worldly distractions.  

"Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10).  

Our model for taking time for a retreat is based on both scripture and tradition. Jesus himself often withdrew to a deserted place to pray. "And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed" (Mark 1:35). Prior to making a significant decision Jesus would retreat. "In these days he went out into the hills to pray; and all night he continued in prayer to God. And when it was day, he called his disciples, and chose from them 12, whom he named apostles" (Luke 6:12-13). 

Throughout the tradition of the Church many saints took time for a spiritual retreat including our founder St. John Baptist de La Salle. At a key moment in his life, in 1714, St. La Salle retreated to Parmenie, France, where he received significant inspiration from Sister Louise, and guidance from the Brothers who wrote to him from Paris. There is good reason to suppose that if this providential encounter had not taken place, De La Salle's work might have perished. 

*All current students enrolled at De La Salle Collegiate are required to make a one-day, spiritual retreat. Juniors and seniors are eligible to make a Kairos retreat.


There are two Greek words for time: chronos and kairos. Chronos emphasizes duration, succession of moments, chronological time. Kairos does not. Kairos is the Lord's Time, and is judged, not by its succession or duration but by its value, the intensity of the experience of God's presence in the midst of the Christian community. Kairos as a retreat is a three-night, four-day lived experience of Christian community for high school seniors and juniors.

Kairos is based on incarnational and sacramental theology. Our God has always tried to make His love visible and enfleshed, as He did in His Son and our Lord, Jesus, who came in the flesh (Incarnation) and remains with us in the Eucharist (Sacrament). Kairos, consequently, is Christ-centered and Eucharist-centered.

The personal sharing of God's workings in the lives of each of the team members is the catalyst that brings to the candidates the realization that God is also working in their lives through others, and that they are a child of God, deserving of love, compassion, and mercy. The experience of community is a wonderful way to communicate to youth, Christian faith values. With the affirming support of the faith community, it is the hope of this retreat that the candidate, in spite of human weakness and sin, come to a deeper appreciation of God's love and mercy. 

Kairos Quick Facts

Kairos takes place over four days and three evenings during the week.
Cost is $180 per retreatant.
Kairos is a student-led retreat.
Potential student leaders must have attended a Kairos retreat, complete an application, and go through an interview process.
Kairos is optional, not mandatory.Attending a Kairos retreat does not exempt you from your mandatory, one day grade-level retreat.
Retreatants are eligible to attend a Kairos retreat during their junior or senior years.
Kairos is offered twice per school year: once in the fall and once in the spring.

Students making PB&J sandwiches

Christian Service

One of the ways in which Christians are called to live out their baptismal promises is through works of charity, therefore, all students enrolled at De La Salle Collegiate are required to perform acts of Christian service.

Unlike the charitable acts and good efforts made by secular people, Christians believe that charity is a sacramental act which has the power to open the gates of heaven. When we give to those in need and reach out to the poor in love, we give to Jesus. St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, "Each one of them is Jesus in disguise."

Furthermore, the impetus for requiring Christian Service is a direct result of the Gospel mandates: to love God and to love your neighbor.  

Jesus said, "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me. ... Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me." (Matthew 25:35-36;40)

Part of the mission of Campus Ministry is to provide Christian Service opportunities that nourish and nurture the spiritual growth of each student at De La Salle. Christian Service is central to our Lasallian Catholic tradition, because we recognize the presence of God active in our lives.

Students are required to log their volunteer hours with Helper Helper.

CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCYFrom the earliest days of the Church, Christians have been performing works of mercy. The works of mercy were eventually formulated into two categories: corporal and spiritual. Today, all Christians are likewise called to do the same. 

It is our hope that students performing charitable acts will experience one of the corporal works of mercy. The word corporal means “of or belonging to the body." Therefore, these acts of mercy will consist of taking care of the bodily needs of the poor and disadvantaged.

The corporal works of mercy are: Feed the Hungry; Give Drink to the Thirsty; Clothe the Naked; Shelter the Homeless; Visit the Sick; Visit the Imprisoned; and Bury the Dead.


Vocation Summit

De La Salle students visited Niagara Falls during their one-day trip to Buffalo.

BUFFALO, N.Y.(Oct. 24, 2019) – Seven students and two faculty members from De La Salle Collegiate traveled to western New York to participate in the Vocation Summit at St. Joseph Collegiate Institute on Thursday.

The daylong event was sponsored by The Brothers of the Christian Schools – District of Eastern North America, and attended by students from Lasallian schools in Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Toronto

The summit was an opportunity for students who are socially, spiritually, and religiously well grounded. High school students were invited to attend the event where personal testimonies of vocation stories, as well as group interaction, was meant to enhance student to think of what God might be calling them to do with their lives.