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This website provides a virtual pilgrimage of the personal life story of St. John Baptist de La Salle (the Patron Saint of Teachers and the Founder of the De La Salle Christian Brothers). His story is essentially a vocation story from the time of 17th century France. The website including videos, text, photos, panoramic immersion, Google street maps, and specific personal vocation-related questions for the website visitor. Based on an actual pilgrimage of the places in France where walked and worked, it is the story of the educational movement that De La Salle and the first Brothers began in 1680 — an educational journey which is ongoing. Today, this ongoing educational pilgrimage has reached into some 84 countries and just under a thousand educational institutions — from hundreds of elementary, middle, and high schools, to a host of educational institutions for the underprivileged and court-adjudicated youth, to storefront educational centers, boarding schools, and over 60 colleges and universities.
Brother Gerard Rummery, FSC, provides a short video introduction for each location. All of the website’s information can be accessed in a variety of ways: via a travel map, a time line, De La Salle’s biography, or by individual locations. The goal is to provide resources that will facility individual or group exploration and “pilgrimage” opportunities according to individual interests or learning preferences.
There is an extensive PDF booklet, available HERE, that provides both a summary of the contents of the website and a detailed Lasallian formation resource for use with groups or individuals. A DVD version of this website exists as well.
Film Makers: Br. George Van Grieken, FSC; Br. Roch Dufresne, FSC; Scott Sanbourne
Video Comments: Br. Gerard Rummery, FSC