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
Lasallian Themes – VOLUME 1
This is a three-volume collection of 99 Lasallian themes. They cover a variety of Lasallian themes and topics, written by Lasallian scholars and authors. The 32 themes in this VOLUME 1 are arranged alphabetically, starting with the theme of “APOSTLE” and ending with the theme of “STATE.”
LINKS to the individual articles for VOLUME 1 may be found in INDIVIDUAL ARTICLES TAB BELOW.
The Conduct of Christian Schools
This book has served for three centuries as the basis for administering the Brothers’ schools, and it is universally held to be a milestone in the field of primary education. The organizational structure will be appealing to most Lasallian administrators, and modern equivalents might readily be imagined.
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 Brothers of the Christian Schools in the World Today – A Declaration (1967)
This is “an authoritative statement that would serve as foundation and unifying principle” of the work of the 39th General Chapter of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (1966-67). This 1997 translation of the document corrects some aspects of the original translation, as explained by Br. Luke Salm in the introduction.The document invites Lasallian educators “to resolutely enter upon the path of renewal and adaptation.”
Over the last 50 years, the Declaration has continued to be one of the most pivotal documents in the process of renewal among everyone associated with Lasallian schools, and it retains its relevance, appeal, and vitality to this very day.
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 3
This is a three-volume collection of 99 Lasallian themes. They cover a variety of Lasallian themes and topics, written by Lasallian scholars and authors. The 34 themes in this VOLUME 3 are arranged alphabetically, starting with the theme of “ABANDONMENT TO PROVIDENCE” and ending with the theme of “ZEAL.”
LINKS to the individual articles for VOLUME 3 may be found in INDIVIDUAL ARTICLES TAB BELOW.
1986 Characteristics of Lasallian Schools
This 1986 document, developed by the Regional Education Committee of the Christian Brothers in the United States, emerged from a multi-year consultation and writing process, producing “a foundational and consensual document for the entire Lasallian system, which has the support of an impressive core of leadership people throughout the Region.”
An online journal of Lasallian Higher Education sharing original scholarly and creative works about Lasallian Catholic Higher Education. AXIS is a free, open-access, electronic, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary periodical published twice per year. Lasallian bibliography links are in the description below.