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AMMAN – The community of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, established in Amman in 1950 and located in Jabal Hussein, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Collège de LaSalle and the Chapel on Saturday, April 1, 2017, in the presence of many students, alumni, the LaSallian family and parishioners.   Bishop William Shomali, Patriarchal Vicar in Jordan, celebrated Mass with some priests who serve the college

A short introduction was presented by Brother Rafael, coordinator of the Holy Land sector for Jordan, and then Brother Albert read the letter of Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator.  The Mass was animated by the college choir and young LaSallians.  A friendly cocktail followed, during which, Bishop Shomali paid tribute to the high quality of the educational and spiritual work carried out by the brothers and the teaching staff since the community was established in the Jabal Amman district in the 1950s.

The LaSallian community built a large college a few years later at Jabal Hussein to replace the original school which had become too small and was subsequently ceded to the Greek Catholics. Driven by its educational charisma and assistance to the poor, the community had grown rapidly, thereby expanding to accommodate new brothers and students in suitable conditions. 

The Chapel is also the parish church since its creation and was inaugurated by the Latin Patriarch, r Alberto Gori  on  April 1, 1967.  It welcomes  many parishioners in the area,  Today, approximately 1,400 students attend Collège de la Salle, where boys and girls from different age groups, from the day care center (2 and 3 years) to 12th grade (equivalent to the baccalaureate), are enrolled. The students submit the official examinations to obtain either the national diploma or the international diploma which allows them to subsequently enter university studies.

The faculty of about 120, majority are school alumni, provides a high-quality education adapted to the different requirements of the curriculum. In addition to the national curriculum in Arabic, an international curriculum is taught in English, and preparation for university years. All students learn Arabic, English and French.  The principal of the school is a former student, who, together with the brothers of the community are very active in the operations of the college, and contributes  in passing on the LaSallian spirituality to the younger generations.

Remy Brun

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