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.

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Praying with John Baptist de La Salle

A Lasallian prayer resource with specifically themed meditations for use with groups or private prayer and reflection.

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www.dlsfootsteps.org

A virtual pilgrimage of De La Salle’s personal vocation story that includes videos, text, photos, panoramic immersion, Google street maps, and more. In 2018, the site was completely redesigned and made responsive to small or large screens. New HD versions of the videos were also added. An accompanying, dynamically linked PDF booklet takes individuals and groups through the journey via narrative, video links, and formative questions.

 

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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.

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Advanced Degrees in Lasallian Studies

Formal studies in Lasallian studies are available at both Saint Mary’s University and Saint Mary’s College of California. (Link through each institution’s name.)

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Lasallian Artwork – Rome Website

An online repository for Lasallian drawings, paintings, and iconography.

 

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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.”

 

 

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Lasallian Life – The Brothers

A short video about the De La Salle Christian Brothers, as told by themselves and those who work with them.

(The “Show the VIDEO” tab below lets you run the video from here.)

 

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Vocation of a De La Salle Christian Brother

A short video about vocation of the De La Salle Christian Brothers, as told in their own words, and the impressions of others.

(The “Show the VIDEO” tab below lets you run the video from here.)

 

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Br. Felix Masson, FSC

A short video biography of a De La Salle Christian Brother who spent most of his life in the Philippines.

(The “Show the VIDEO” tab below lets you run the video from here.)

 

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Catholic Online / Prayers

A good placed to find Catholic prayers and prayer services, plus other resources that may be of help.

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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.

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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.

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Guide Book – www.dlsfootsteps.org

This is a redesigned 2018 PDF booklet that accompanies the www.footsteps.org website. It starts with a complete short biography of St. John Baptist de La Salle, and includes text, photographs, live links to videos and relevant website pages from specific locations in France associated with his life. Reflection questions for personal and group processing are also included. The booklet may be printed out or used on a computer or tablet, so that the links to videos and web pages might be engaged along with the text.

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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

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Artwork by Various Brothers – Black and White & Color

Below are sets of drawings and other artwork from Brothers of the Institute. They include works by the following Brothers:

  • Br. Felipe Ocadiz, FSC
  • Br. Fermin Gainza, FSC
  • Br. Mario Barrios, FSC
  • Br. Joseph Hiep, FSC

Each gallery includes options for viewing them and downloading them.

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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.

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The Traditional Wreath
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:

Advent- First Sunday Video

 

1st Sunday PDF Packet

 

 

 

 

2nd Sunday PDF Packet

 

 

 

 

3rd Sunday PDF Packet

 

 

 

 

4th Sunday PDF Packet

 

 

 

 

Christmas PDF Packet

 

 

 

 

 

Epiphany PDF Packet

 

 

 

 

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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.

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Introduction – Meditations for the Time of Retreat

This is a short overview of the 16 meditations that De La Salle wrote for the Brothers during their annual retreat. These meditations provide a concise synthesis of De La Salle’s spirituality – the priorities, themes, approaches, and perspectives that characterize the Lasallian educational context. They are meant to be read and considered in a retreat-like setting and are worth careful reading and ongoing reflection.

The video is one of a series of videos introducing major Lasallian resources available in print. (In process)

(7.5 Minutes)

Film Maker: Br. George Van Grieken, FSC

(The “Show the VIDEO” tab below lets you run the video from here.)
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