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
Painting – Children Leaving School – Benjamin Vautier (1829-1898)
This popular painting by Benjamin Vautier (1829-1898) shows a group of boys leaving school amidst a snowy scene, with a Brother at the door watching them with benign amusement. Links are below.
Painting A – At the Victoria and Albert Museum (London) – Downloadable with conditions.
Painting B – Professionally copied versions available for purchase.
Print – Online
Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies
A three-year set of two-week summer courses that focuses on the Lasallian founding story, De La Salle’s educational vision, and De La Salle’s spiritual vision. It seeks to deepen the participants’ association for Lasallian mission and provides a rich opportunity to meet and study with Lasallian from throughout the US/Canada Region and the world.
Brothers of the San Francisco New Orleans District – VIDEOS
These brief 3-4 minute videos by Joseph Alexander-Short are wonderful, poignant, and inspiring insights into the lives of some of the Brothers of the San Francisco New Orleans District of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. They are part of an effort both to share the rich vocational heritage of the province and to make the vocation of the Brother more generally known and appreciated.
Below are the updated set of individual videos.
New videos will be posted on this page as they are released.
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:
Manhattan College – Lasallian Stained Glass Windows
These stained glass windows of John Baptist de La Salle, originally created in 1900, were moved to the chapel at Manhattan College in 2016.
The windows guide viewers as they move through the Chapel to visualize moments in the Saint’s life — from his childhood in Reims, to the vow he took with his Brothers, to his death in Rouen and his glorification in heaven, where he is welcomed by Christ and acknowledged as a great teacher by Saint Ignatius Loyola.
They may be seen on the Manhattan College website (LINK).
Below in the tab “WINDOWS” are large files that show each of the windows in detail.
There is also a video that gives the history, process, and results of a project to relocate the Lasallian stained glass windows from the former Novitiate building in Barrytown, NY, to the chapel at Manhattan College in the Bronx. It is a good discussion starter on the topic of alumni engagement and Lasallian art. (13 Minutes)
You can either clink the link below or watch it under the tab below “Show the Video.”
Let Us Remember – SATB Setting 2 (Copy)
This is a SATB setting of the phrase “Let us remember that we are in Holy Presence of God.” It is based on a simple melody that became the basis of a choral setting, one that went through two iterations by two different composers. As such, it is a collaborative Lasallian effort.
It may be used to begin prayer services at schools, school events, choral concerts, or other settings where a short, reflective choral piece would be an asset.
Composers: Br. George Van Grieken, FSC; Otto Wild: Br. Martin Yribarren, FSC