Interest in Lasallian scholarship has grown more widely over the last fifty years, as both scholars and ordinary Lasallian educators have developed an appetite for pursuing questions related to Lasallian history, pedagogy, and spirituality. Both the Buttimer Institute and the Lasallian Research Symposium have encouraged this greater interest.
Ever since the General Chapter of 1956, the Institute has made a concerted effort in develop greater scholarship in Lasallian studies. Today the translations of De La Salle's major works - such as The Conduct, The Meditations, and The Letters - have led to studies such as Lasallian Themes, the Cahiers Lasalliens, and Henri Bedel's History of the Institute. On the higher education level, there are now programs in Lasallian Studies amazing digital research journals such as AXIS and the digital journal at the Motherhouse in Rome.
Opportunities abound for those seeking to pursue general or arcane Lasallian study areas. For those starting out, it's best to simply begin reading available resources such as the MEL bulletins, "Spirituality in the Time of John Baptist de La Salle" and "So Favored by Grace." Attendance at either the Buttimer Institute and/or the annual Lasallian Research Symposium will allow collaboration with like-minded Lasallians and the inevitable benefits that result in one's exposure to, and appreciation of, the larger world of Lasallian scholarship.
Lasallian SCHOLARS – Top Items
This collection of small format monographs published since 2001 by the MEL Secretariat in Rome addresses various topics connected with the Lasallian educational mission by a variety of authors. They are very much worth examining on an individual basis, especially those highlighted in the description below.
Lasallian Themes – VOLUME 2
This set of three volumes covers a wide variety of terms, themes, and topics found in the writings of John Baptist de La Salle and his spirituality. Each of the terms, themes, or topics is covered extensively, with solid references to De La Salle’s own writings across his entire corpus or written works. They were published between 1992 and 1997 and consist of 99 articles.
The 33 themes in this VOLUME 2 are arranged alphabetically, starting with the theme of “BROTHER’S DRESS” and ending with the theme of “WORLD AND RELATIONS WITH THE WORLD.”
LINKS to the individual articles for VOLUME 2 may be found below.
Date of Publication: 1995
Publisher: BROTHERS OF THE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS 476, Via Aurelia – CP 9099 Aurelio – 00165 Roma Italy
The printed volumes are available from Mr. Abraham Tesfai at the Generalate in Rome (email@example.com)
ANNOTATED – The Brothers of the Christian Schools in the World Today: A Declaration (1967)
This version of the Declaration, the work of the 39th General Chapter of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (1966-67) is the 1997 translation of the document with annotations in the margins that refer to the Rule of 2015.
Since its publication in 1967, The Brother of the Christian Schools in the World Today: A Declaration has profoundly impacted the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. This impact can be seen in specific sections of the current Rule, approved by the 45th General Chapter in 2014 and by the Vatican in 2015. This annotated version of the Declaration provides documentation of the specific parts of the text which were foundational for parts of the new Rule. On each page of the text that of this version of the Declaration, the citations on the left margin indicate specific Articles in the current 2015 Rule. For further reference, the full text of each part of the Rule that is cited are listed at the end of the document.
This resource was researched and prepared in 2018 by Br. Paul Avvento, FSC.
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.
Spirituality in the Time of John Baptist de La Salle
This is a book of eight essays by internationally renowned Lasallian scholars. It provides an in-depth survey of all aspects of the French School of spirituality, which in turn influenced De La Salle, his Institute, and its subsequent development.