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
Circular 461 – Associated for the Lasallian Mission …an act of HOPE
This Circular is a foundational document on the key dimension of “association” and its central place in Lasallian life and mission.
Lasallian Videos – by Scott Gibbs
The videos on this page were created by Scott Gibbs in 1998 and 1999 for major gatherings of Lasallians of the District of San Francisco. Scott was hired by the District because of his professional expertise in putting together videos for large professional corporations. He was tasked with going to all the places where District of San Francisco had invested personnel and financial assistance and convey – through his eyes – what these involvements had led to. There was no advanced “message” that was prescribed beforehand. As a result, the first video, called “Inspiration,” was created, with the subsequent videos emerging afterwards.
Until the end of his life, Scott was highly appreciative of the opportunity to have been able to learn about, document, and be involved with the Brothers, the Lasallian community, and Lasallian education.
Association – Statements from Institute Documents Since 1928
These are selections from documents from the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools concerning “association” and its developed understanding and application.
The original documents that are cited in this overview are listed below. Each listing below is also a direct link to a PDF version of the entire document, or a text that includes the entire document.
Collected and compiled by Dr. Greg Kopra – Director, Formation for Mission (District of San Francisco New Orleans)
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)