If you have been around a Lasallian institution for a few years, then it is likely that you are already familiar with most of the acronyms, programs, and priorities of the Lasallian tradition of education. You should be able to recognize the resources that are provided for Newcomers, and you may now be interested in delving a little more deeply into Lasallian history, or pedagogy, or spirituality.
One way of revisiting the life of St. John Baptist de La Salle, the inspiration behind this educational movement -finding out his perspective on teachers, teaching, students, and schools - is to reach "Touching the Hearts of Students." A larger, excellent biography is "The Work is Yours." The recent Institute document on "Association" provides a wonderful introduction into the essentially collaborative nature of Lasallian ministry. And the Lasallian glossary will fill in the gaps about the meaning of esoteric Lasallian terms. The videos that you will appreciate include "I Am Lasallian" and the various Mission Videos that have been made, especially ones like "The De La Salle North Difference." And, of course, there are the websites of the District and of the Region that are worth exploring more thoroughly, especially in terms of programs like the Buttimer Institute and Huether. For a more comprehensive list of resources, go to the RESOURCE CATALOGUE and check off the "5+ EDUCATORS" box in the search options.
You will already know that these things are best processed with others, whether through casual conversation, faculty retreats, or District workshops. The more you enter into the process of real learning (AKA "Formation"), the greater the opportunity to understand, engage in, and enjoy the Lasallian Catholic educational experience.
5+ Lasallian EDUCATORS – Top Items
Touching the Hearts of Students: Characteristics of Lasallian Schools
A compact biography of John Baptist de La Salle is combined with an overview of the characteristics of his educational spirituality in modern contexts.
Brother Solomon – Canonization
This page from the Regional website provides resources helpful in teaching, learning, and sharing information about Brother Solomon Le Clerq, FSC, who was canonized on October 16, 2016, in Rome, Italy. For a video of Br. Gerard Rummery talking about the martyrdom from its location in Paris, go to THIS LINK. The site also includes photographs of the Carmelite Abbey gardens, a written description of the events, and an interactive Google map.
Br. George Van Grieken, FSC – Workshop & Retreat Resources
These are PDF handouts, Powerpoint presentations, Papers and other resources that were used in presentations, workshops, or retreats conducted by Br. George Van Grieken, FSC. They are provided at the links below.
Huether 2015 Breakout – “Formation for All” – Building the Local Lasallian Community
Huether 2016 Breakout – “Confronting New Poverties” – Foundational Principles from the Lasallian Heritage
Huether 2017 Breakout – “Lasallian Formation in an Age of Technology” – Foundational Insights & Help
LASSCA 2011 Breakout – “Lasallian Vocation – What Is It & Why Should I Care?”
LASSCA 2017 Breakout – “Lasallian Formation Resources and Needs”
LASSCA 2018 Breakout – “Educational Formation in an Age of Technology: Issues & Insights”
Advent 2017 Retreat (Contacts/Aspirants) – “The Spiritual Self in a Social Media World”
Stories of Hope. . . Associated for Our Lasallian Mission
This Bulletin (Nº 254) is based on testimonies from Lasallians around the world. It is a compendium to Circular 461 and should be read in conjunction with it.
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.
The annual gathering of Lasallian educators of the Lasallian Region of North America that focuses on innovative educational issues and a changing variety of themes related to Lasallian education and the schools. It is open to faculty and staff from all Lasallian ministries and includes major addresses, breakout sessions, seminars, and the like.