For those who have been part of the Lasallian educational community for 3-5 years or more, you are already familiar with "the basics" but may be interested in going a little more deeply into the history, pedagogy, and spirituality of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the educational movement that began with him and the first Brothers.
The resources highlighted on this page are some of the ways that you could do that. While these are some resources, how you engage them is entirely up to you. No pressure or grades; just some really good things to sink your teeth into.
FURTHER RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS
The Teacher’s Saint – The Life and Times of St. John Baptist de La Salle.
This short, accessible biography of the life and times of St. John Baptist de La Salle is written for all those who are interested enough in his life to want to know more but who don’t have the time or inclination to read longer biographies such as those by Luke Salm or Alfred Calcutt. Written in an appealing style, the main outlines of his life are presented, along with an introductory section that lays out the social, political, and religious context of his time.
Author: George Van Grieken, FSC
Publisher: Christian Brothers Conference
Paperback (110 Pages)
NOTE: There is a 20% discount through the Saint Mary’s Press website for purchases of 2 or more copies with the code:TEACHERSAINT!
The book is available on Amazon as well.
Br. George Van Grieken, FSC – Workshop & Retreat Resources
These are packets of the powerpoints and handouts that were used in presentations, workshops, or retreats conducted by Br. George Van Grieken, FSC. They are provided at the links below.
2020 Huether Conference – “What Innovation Looks Like Throughout Lasallian History”
2019 Huether Conference – “Five Core Principles – History and Practice” (Br. George and Greg Kopra)
2019 Johnston Institute – “Founding Story & Vision” (Br. George Sessions)
2019 APLEC (Australia) Talk – “What You Can Do in 300 Years”
2018 Huether Breakout – “Called to Live Lasallian: Our Lasallian Vocation – A Sign of Hope for the Church and World.”
2018 Lasallian Research Symposium Talk – “The Five Core Principles: Their Origin, Integration with Catholic Identity, and Resonance Today
2018 SMC De La Salle Week Talk – “21st Century Education: When Technology Meets Albert Borgmann and De La Salle.”
2018 LASSCA Breakout – “Educational Formation in an Age of Technology: Issues & Insights”
2017 Huether Breakout – “Lasallian Formation in an Age of Technology” – Foundational Insights & Help
2017 Advent Retreat (Contacts/Aspirants) – “The Spiritual Self in a Social Media World”
2017 LASSCA Breakout – “Lasallian Formation Resources and Needs”
2017 Coaches Retreat – “What Does It Mean To Be a Lasallian Coach?”
2016 Huether Breakout – “Confronting New Poverties” – Foundational Principles from the Lasallian Heritage
2015 Huether Breakout – “Formation for All” – Building the Local Lasallian Community
2011 LASSCA Breakout – “Lasallian Vocation – What Is It & Why Should I Care?”
Lasallian Panorama: The History of the Brothers of the Christian Schools: 1651 – 1810
This book makes available Volume 1 and Volume 2 of a planned five-volume condensed summary of the history of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. This book covers the history of the Institute from1651, when St. John Baptist de La Salle was born, through the initial years and the subsequent century, and ending at about 1810. As such, it gives a brief overview of the first 130 years of the existence of the Institute.
Length: 355 Pages
Editor: Br. Hubert Gerard, FSC (Edward Schmitz)
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.
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)
Film Maker: Br. George Van Grieken, FSC