If you are a new Lasallian leader, then head to the NEWCOMERS page first, and then the EDUCATORS page. These will provide some the basics. For a current Lasallian leader, those same pages will be a good review of foundational resources and information. This page highlights resources that are of interest to Lasallian leaders, both for themselves and for those they are leading.
The recommended programs under the ONLINE section on ths page are wonderful introductions to the larger Lasallian family. The Buttimer Institute is a "must" for new leaders who have responsibility for the spiritual leadership of the school (Just ask Lasallian leaders who have attended it). The recommendations under the PRINT section on this page are resources that will help you come to a deeper appreciation of what this whole thing is all about.
No Lasallian leader becomes or stays a Lasallian leader without intentional pursuit of deepening his/her own understanding of Lasallian history, pedagogy, and spirituality. This is done best through active engagment with other Lasallians, both local and regional. Personal reading, school conversations, preparing presentations, and the like further enhance the learning curve. Inviting your leadership teams to engage in focused conversations can be very helpful to everyone in the Lasallian community, including you.
FURTHER RESOURCES FOR LEADERS
Study Guide for Circular 461
This is a reflections and discussion guide for reading Circular 461. Each section of the Circular is addressed with three questions that elicit the reader’s personal response, and a series of additional questions that examine specific points in the document. Designed for group use.
Saint Mary’s College of California – Sharing the Mission VIDEOS
These interviews with 15 “Professors of the Year” (1992 – 2005) at Saint Mary’s College of California center around the descriptors that came from the college’s “New Century Committee” document, in which the college was described as a “Premier, Catholic, Lasallian, Liberal Arts Learning Community.”
Along with the short films on each topic – Liberal Arts, Catholic, Lasallian, Students, The Professor, Sharing the Mission – there is the longer compilation of all the interviews in a single 55-minute video (the last in the series below).
Year of Creation: 2005
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)
Stories of Hope. . . Associated for Our Lasallian Mission
This Bulletin (Nº 254) is based on testimonies from Lasallians around the world. It is a compendium to Circular 461 and should be read in conjunction with it.
Teaching Units for Lasallian Schools
These are complete Lasallian teaching units for high school students. Each level has a one-week set of all the resources needed to teach the classes. Created in 1998, they can be easily adapted and supplemented with videos and other more contemporary material. It’s a good place to start!
See the longer description below for a breakdown of the units.
Project Coordinator: Br. George Van Grieken, FSC
Editor: Greg Kopra
Buttimer Institute – YEAR ONE Videos
The Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies is an intensive Lasallian education and formation program that studies the life, work and spirituality of Saint John Baptist de La Salle and the origins of the Lasallian educational mission. The videos below are the sessions from the first year of the Buttimer Institute, concentrating on the life and times of St. John Baptist de La Salle.
Note that the audio has been enhanced, but the video is limited by the quality of video tapes at that time. Nevertheless, it is possible to experience and learn from Br. Luke Salm, FSC, who for years was the major anchor of the program, and whose published works are available HERE.
Links to reference works used during these sessions may be found in the section below the videos on this page.