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Just an ordinary man, he is the first son of Louis de La Salle and Nicole Moet de Brouillet, living in France. He was born in Rheims, and was named Canon of the CATHEDRAL OF RHEIMS at 16. However, he lost HIS PARENTS AND RESUMED RESPONSIBILITY AS HE WAS THE ELDEST SON Despite the HEAVY RESPONSIBILITY, La Salle still strived in excellence, and was ordained a priest at the age of 26, and receiving a doctorate in theology at 28. After a series of unexpected events, he became involved in opening free schools for young children. As ordinary his actions seem to be, he will be a catalyst of change, of his life, and the life of many others. [Children running and playing. Very alive. No one to guide them] Passerby: garbage! Mother: her son] [looking down on them] Useless kids…society’s
[saw the children on the streets trying to play with
SON DON’T PLAY WITH THESE CHILDREN! THEY AREN’T LIKE US! [The children still wants to play with the wealthy boy. The mother got angry and slaps one of them. He fell down and cry.] Son: [just listens obediently…]
But he was just an ordinary man. La Salle knew he had to do something for these needy children. brother? Does it hurt? Child 2: [sobs] Child 1: It’s okay brother. what could he do? Scene 2 .Child 1: Are you okay. We just have to stick together. Narrator: La Salle was disturbed by what he had witnessed. After all we’ve got is each other.
Of course.La Salle does not immediately agree to Nyel’s proposal he has a little bit of reluctance. Father. La Salle: Of course. Nyel: Certainly! But first. La Salle: Good evening. what is this mission of yours about? Nyel: My name is Adrion Nyel and I have come from Rouen. Would you like to stay the night at my quarters? We could discuss a more thorough plan. know where I might find her? La Salle: I am on my way to see her too. [Lights out. if I may ask. Would you like to follow me? Nyel: If you don’t mind. and she said she could help me in my mission. La Salle: That’s an interesting idea. Can I help you with anything? Nyel: I have been writing to the Sister Superior. But agrees after having thought about it. this way. definitely. Do you. perhaps I could be of some assistance to you.] . by any chance. It is in my hopes that I can start free schools for the poor people in Rheims. let us meet the Sister Superior. it would be impossible for me to accomplish this by myself. La Salle: So.
named Adrion Nyel. [Pulls out Nyel’s document] You see Father. he was not hasty with his decision. have a seat. who was his model and guide. a layman from Rouen. given that the responsibilities that I have to my siblings. sought me out to assist him in his mission to set up free schools for poor children. what are You trying to tell me? Please. La Salle: Certainly not. Prayers were always his place for guidance. Besides. Father. show me what I’m looking for. Was it a sign from above? Or it could just be a distraction? Being a man of piety and wisdom. What should I do.] Barre: Ah. I’m doubtful if I should commit myself to this cause now. La Salle: God. I hope I did not interrupt you.Scene 3 Narrator: La Salle was not sure what he should make out of the chance of meeting with Adrion Nyel. Father? . he would also consult Father Barre. Here. I have a certain matter to ask you of. [Father Barre enters. few days ago. and my studies for my doctorate.
La Salle: I guess what you say is true. Father. I’m not decided yet. a sincere effort will provide you with fruitful rewards. If you believe you can change these children’s life. but your words give me relief. and God shall show you the path as you move along. then make this decision with the sincerest of your heart.Barre: John. . I would only tell you. Thank you. to tell you what to do would only be a loss on your side.
. La Salle then points to a pair of drunkards by the roadside. how would you like to teach in our school? We are in need of teachers… . which did not like La Salle’s idea of ‘education for all’.] La Salle: [pokes] Excuse me Sir.] Nyel: Sir. [La Salle and Nyel walks in..!!! (Vomits on La Salle’s robe) [La Salle tries to clean his robe. La Salle said NO (lips said no). They faced persecution from the authorities. This caused their school to have no qualified and proper teachers.. but we were wondering.Scene 4 Narrator: La Salle finally decided to join Nyel in his mission. Within a month the school was up and running. La Salle and Adrion Nyel had to resort to the unemployed and untrained to do the job. with admission from a lot of children who were not able to afford education. Nyel shakes his head but La Salle insisted. they thought La Salle’s plan would not profit them in any way possible. while Nyel talks to the drunkards. Besides. As a result. La Salle was discouraged soon enough. The schools flourished. As they are walking Nyel pointed to one of the audience. Man 1: [cuts in] Bleghs. However.
to teach.you would be paid of course… Man 1: [supposedly still drinking then chokes himself] PAY? With real money? [His mind went blank for a few seconds] Boy.Man 2: [Hiccups] Te…teach?? [Rubs eyes] [Eyes wide open and slaps Man 1's back] hear that? They want us to teach!!! (Laughs)[Tries to count with fingers while lips says 1... They’re the only WAY OUT to our situation… .10 with GREAT DIFFICULTY] AND I thought we were the drunkards… La Salle: Yes sir. I sure could use the money. in a dunked way) La Salle: They'll make do Nyel.4.. We NEED them..3. the drunkards smiled back at them..2. [Discusses…] Man 1/Man 2: [shakes La Salle's and Nyel's hand] YOU GOT YOURSELF EDUCATORS! Nyel: [La Salle and Nyel walk away] Really La Salle? Are we THAT desperate? I mean (looks at the at the drunkards with disguised face.
what's. Indeed. The teachers were taken in by La Salle. They belch. go ahead… [Wipes mouth with a handkerchief] Sister 2: Outside! La Salle: Yes sisters. [Tries to console sisters] Sister 1: I agree.Scene 5 Narrator: In order to encourage the teachers.. What La Salle didn't realize as you can obviously see he and his teachers both came from totally different world. brother dear…can we talk to you for a moment? La Salle: Sure.? Sister 2: ARE YOU INSANE! What is wrong with you... brother? La Salle: I. The teachers eat like pigs. what is wrong brother? First. [In the dining hall of La Salle's house.. I can. problems are just over the horizon.. Scratch their armpits. They fart. you go and create that school with Nyel fellow when it's pretty obvious it’s . Sisters cover their noses with silk handkerchiefs and looks disgusted. put legs on the table.] Sister 1: John! I mean. Pick their noses.. sacrifices had to be made.
think of the children.some of them even talk to me like they know me! [Arrogantly] La Salle: But please. And now you want them to LIVE with us? Are they THAT much important compared to us? La Salle: No. who are uneducated out there. me. [Sighs] I'll. to think that you can change these children’s life? Can’t you see? You.bound to fall.. .. La Salle: No! Don't…you two stay. Then you share the fortune that Father and Mother left for us with those teachers. We don't care. Sister 2: No... how to writSister 1: [Interrupts] What makes you so special. I’ll go........ John. I’m afraid we will. not knowing how to read. It’s just that.. all of us are just ordinary people! [sighs] We are out of patience. brother! If they don't leave.. just playing on the streets. You spend more time with them than us. They bunch of them are of lower classes..
La Salle: I heard. Losing his family was a punch in the gut. he truly felt all alone. we’ll make ourselves better from this mistake. God.Scene 6 Narrator: La Salle is crushed but he perseveres and continues as he always has. will guide us all to success. proper education. but what about tomorrow? What about the day after? Our future with you just seems so uncertain. you. that you haven’t been teaching the students well lately. You have a job. after all. No matter. [taps the other teacher] La Salle: Is there anything wrong? Teacher 2: Father. What about us? We could have enough to survive today. Its okay. . It seemed he was destined to meet disappointment upon disappointment. were not trained to educate. then bursts to a stand] That’s it. Now. a house and everything you could ever want. you are insured for life. in all His glory. Father! I can't take it any longer…tell him. Teacher 1: [sighs and shakes head.
Be patient. John. MY OWN FAMILY! Those were the ones I counted on. while bumping into Father Barre at the door. Barre: John. my children. La Salle: Put yourself in my shoes. just for a while. being cared for and educated. Hold on. La Salle slumped to his desk in defeat] La Salle: Did you see that. Father. and through us. Everyone in my household is against me. He may do great things. Father Barre? I just don’t know what to do anymore. I don't care of your cause. unconditionally. have you forgotten what you have seen on the streets few months? Those children now have a proper place in school. To care and to love for those in need. Honestly Father. Go tell that to my wife. Sometimes. and now they're all gone. I have to bring change to my family and I WILL! [La Salle tries to stop teachers from going out but teachers just shrugged him off. Barre: There are many who hate and oppose you now. Barre. .La Salle: But it’s alright my brothers. what your mother always taught you to be. This is just a test from God. Setbacks are inevitable in certain parts of our life. I’m sure things will get better for you. John. Teacher 1: That’s very easy for you to say. I regret the decision I took. Remember John. Believe in God.
O why o God? Why have you done this to your servant o God? Why now? What should I do now? [Weeps if possible] [Song] Narrator: Though hope seemed scarce. La Salle: Dear God. now seemed so bleak. seeing this were afraid and left him. he resigned from his position in the canonry. They formed a name for their community. "The Brothers". To avoid further pressure from the authorities. God answered La Salle's prayers.. What he thought would benefit his cause..Scene 7 Narrator: Father Barre advised La Salle to give material support to these free schools. His fellow teachers. Educated men joined him in his mission for an equal chance at education for the poor children. And that was exactly what he did. . They called themselves. La Salle gives up all he has to the poor and commits himself fully to the cause.
The Brother's success in Paris ignited jealousy and envy among the Paris school masters. it all went downhill. [group of people looking over an ongoing class. the sun doesn’t shine all day. His perseverance paid off when he was invited to Paris to expand his community. However. the court already ordered these schools to be shut down! Man 3: . even to students who can afford it! Where does he get his financial support from? He is definitely a fraud! It’s obvious he is trying to challenge the norm. Class studying in peace. Who does he thinks he is? Well. La Salle's mission continued. From there onwards.] Man 1: Man 2: Did you know that La Salle has been found guilty? Yes! He’s giving free education.Scene 8 Narrator: And so.
Louise.. I have found serenity. Now you have finally found peace but if it’s God’s will you will return to finish what you have started. Devastated with what had happened in Paris. . For now.. La Salle: Finally. why do I still have doubts. Southern Paris to seek peace. Lights off. but then realizes that this is too much for him and walks away. Yet. Scene 9 Narrator: La Salle was 60 when he decided to abandon his dreams. La Salle: Yes. he settles down and lives as a hermit. rest. He tries to pick up the mess. after so many years. La Salle flees to Parmeine. those hardships were your life for so many years. Louise? Why does my heart still feel as though something is missing? Louise: John. what are we waiting for? Bring down his schools! BRING DOWN HIS SCHOOLS!!! Crew: bring down his schools!! La Salle's a liar! He stole my students!!! Tear all the books!!! Leave nothing behind!!! Bring down his schools!!!!! BRING DOWN HIS SCHOOLS!!! La Salle was too late. There. A kind lady by the name of Sister Louise lived nearby and provided for all his needs. I suppose you are right.Man 1: Man 2: Then.
no…forget it…you don’t have to tell me. François! How’s everything going back in the schools? How are the students? Wait. I’m… looking for a priest by the name of La Salle.. La Salle: [Ignores letter] What for? [Stands up] They know that Brother Bartolemy is my successor. I heard he is living here? La Salle: Good God…. Francois: I would brother. La Salle: Thank you Louise. [Passes the letter to La . Tell them to go after him instead. Francoise: No.can it be? Is that you François? Francois: met you! Brother. Francois: Good evening sister. had not the order come from Brother Bartolemy himself. You’re wrong. They sent me to tell you that you are needed back in Paris [offers letter]. Francois comes knocking on the door. it’s you! It’s really been a while since I last Louise: I’ll go get you something to drink. Brother.Narrator: One afternoon a few years later…. You are bound by the obedience you took a while ago. [Chuckles] No. They are and they always will be of your concern. I’m sorry. So please do sit. they aren’t of my concern anymore. John.
he withdrew from DIRECTING the Brothers. We need you. 1719. John. what should I do? For once. The pain always is there.Salle] Come back. [Leaves] Louise walks in the scene wondering where Francois had gone to. La Salle: Louise. You just have to pick yourself up and move on. I await your decision. Louise: They need you. I ask of you to change yourself. He passed away on APRIL 7. someone PLEASE tell me what to do. brother. and finish what you have started. . HE will always be there for you. Narrator: La Salle RETURNED TO PARIS TO TAKE CHARGE OF THE BROTHERS FOR A FEW YEARS BEFORE PASSING ON THE LEADERSHIP TO BROTHER BARTHELOMY. Now. You know what you have to do. You’ve always believed that change is possible. At the last two years of his life. He never fails. Trust in God John.