Coordinators or Animators for Lasallian Mission in the schools have a wide-ranging responsibility to support, enhance, and deepen the Lasallian character of the school. This usually includes the life of prayer, Lasallian formation of faculty and staff, and leadership in Lasallian formation efforts on the part of themselves or others.
Usually, such individuals are already well-versed in the Lasallian world and the multitude of resources that are generally available. The suggestions here should therefore be seen as complementing the personal, ongoing formation that is required to fulfill the role well. It will be assumed that Lasallian Coordinators will be looking through the other sections of this website for resource information.
Some resources that may be helpful on many levels include the many MEL Bulletins that are available online or via the Motherhouse in Rome, especially MEL 51 which focuses on formation for the Lasallian mission. The discussion guides that have been written for the booklet "St. John Baptist de La Salle: Founder, Educator, Saint" and Circular 461, along with "Discussion Questions for Selected Lasallian Publications," are worth knowing about. The remastered movie "Saint John Baptist de La Salle: Patron Saint of Teachers" is popular with freshmen, and a number of the videos done in 1998-1999, such as "Lasallian LIfe" or "Br. Felix Masson, FSC" or "Vocation of a De La Salle Christian Brother" - may be helpful in presentations about the Brothers and the Lasallian tradition of the school. It would certainly be worthwhile for Coordinators/Animators to consider attending the Buttimer Institute or pursuing an advanced degree in Lasallian Studies.
For a more comprehensive list of resources, go to the RESOURCE CATALOGUE and check off the "COORDINATORS" box in the search options.
While you have the responsibility to facilitate Lasallian formation, you will also personally benefit from sharing your experience with others who have the same responsibility. The more you enter into the process of real learning (AKA "Formation"), the greater the opportunity you will have to understand, engage in, and enjoy the Lasallian Catholic educational experience.
Lasallian COORDINATORS – Top Items
Saint John Baptist de La Salle: Founder, Educator, Saint
Excellent accessible resource for suggested further reading, covering De La Salle’s life, charism, pedagogical approach, and spirituality. Published by the Office of Education of the San Francisco New Orleans District, it is available upon request from Katie Batt.
Advent Reflection Videos
These short Advent reflections are centered around the week's Gospel, De La Salle's meditations, and a contemporary application of their intent. They may be used for personal reflection, group conversation, or the like. (6.5 – 7.5 minutes long each)
Here are direct links to the individual video reflections and to a PDF with the readings:
Resources for Boards and Other Groups
These sets of resources around specific themes are meant to be used for prayer and discussion by Boards of Trustees and other groups of Lasallians.
While they began with a Board focus, they are easily adapted to school groups, teacher groups, Brother groups, and any groups of gathered Lasallians. If portions of them are used in other prayer services, it would appropriate to give proper attribution to the sources used.
Circular 461 – Associated for the Lasallian Mission …an act of HOPE
This Circular is a foundational document on the key dimension of “association” and its central place in Lasallian life and mission.
Saint John Baptist de La Salle: Patron Saint of Teachers
A remastered version of the 1968 movie, starring Mel Ferrer, that traces De La Salle’s vocation journey and the beginnings of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. While perhaps a bit dated, it remains popular with students and could be used beneficially with a number of audiences.
Photomosaic of St. John Baptist de La Salle
This is an image of St. John Baptist de La Salle that was created from a large collection of photographs from around the Lasallian world. The further back you step from it, the more the image emerges. It illustrates the fact that the face of De La Salle today is present and lived through all those who are part of his educational heritage.
Study Guide for Circular 461
This is a reflections and discussion guide for reading Circular 461. Each section of the Circular is addressed with three questions that elicit the reader’s personal response, and a series of additional questions that examine specific points in the document. Designed for group use.