If you are new to the Lasallian world, and even perhaps to the educational world, the whole thing may seem a be a bit daunting. But don’t despair! That’s exactly how De La Salle and the first Brothers began. You’re in good company.
Here are some things you can check out quickly to become a bit more familiar with it all. For further recommendations, look further down the page.
1. The “Inspiration” video will give you an overview of how one videographer, without past experience or agendas, came to understand what the Lasallian world was all about, simply by going around Lasallian sites, filming and asking questions. Also check out the “Reflections” video, where Br. Gerard Rummery talks simply and directly about St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Brothers, and why he has been so captivated by their experience over the years.
2. If you just want to have a written overview of basics, then start with the booklet “ John Baptist de La Salle: Founder, Educator, Saint.” You can also take a virtual tour of De La Salle's world and life on the DLSFootsteps website and/or read the Footsteps booklet that accompanied the DVD version of the website.
3. There are also resources about Prayer, the SFNO Website, or Regional Website, or International Website, and a Lasallian Glossary that is helpful in knowing the unique terms, acronyms, and names associated with the organization.
If you want a really readable introduction to St. John Baptist de La Salle and the characteristic "Lasallian" aspects of education, then Touching the Hearts of Students is an accessible, enjoyable weekend read.
Below is a slider with a dozen different resources that may feed your "newcomers" interest and provide just enough information to allow you walk the talk, as it were.
FURTHER RESOURCES FOR NEWCOMERS
Saint John Baptist de La Salle: Patron Saint of Teachers
A remastered version of the 1968 movie, starring Mel Ferrer, that traces De La Salle’s vocation journey and the beginnings of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. While perhaps a bit dated, it remains popular with students and could be used beneficially with a number of audiences.
100 Short Quotes by De La Salle
This is a set of 100 short quotations from St. John Baptist de La Salle, taken from various writings during his life, and arranged according to specific themes. It is a worthwhile resource for displays or for prayer or group reflection.
Author: St. John Baptist de La Salle, Patron of Teachers
Compilation: Nicholas Hutchinson, FSC
Iconographie – Lasallian Images and Resources Collection (ROME)
SCROLL DOWN for the collection of 160 images and documents related to Saint John Baptist de La Salle that was prepared for the tricentenary of the birth of the Institute in 1680. They were provided as a set of large display-quality plates in an ornate blue box, and many of these are still to be found in Brothers’ communities, libraries, and elsewhere. There was also a boxed set of color slides, accompanied by a small booklet that explained each of the images.
They are provided here as JPG and PDF files for the larger Lasallian family.
A PDF of the entire book (257 MB) is HERE.
Br. Emile Rousset, FSC, headed the project. Also involved were Br. John Johnston, Br. Patrice Marey, Br. Jose Cervantes, Br. Leone Morelli, Br. Maurice Hermans, Br. Leon de Marie Aroz, and Br. John Hazell.
Produced in France: December 15, 1979
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A Lasallian Solidarity Advent Calendar
This Advent calendar shares examples from around the Lasallian world of Lasallian educational projects that serve those most in need, and they illustrate how the Lasallian charism is inspiring ministries that address needs from diverse cultural contexts. Each day of Advent has a “window” that gives a short description of the ministry, along with a PDF from the booklet “One Year in Mission Together” that was produced by the Lasallian Foundation in Rome (www.lasallefoundation.org). The entire PDF booklet may be downloaded HERE.
Author: De La Salle Onlus, Via Aurelia 476 00167 Roma, Italia. email@example.com
This Is Our Lasallian Story
This video shares a series of short vignettes about various Lasallian educational ministries around the world, many of them working the marginalized and needy. It is a wonderful, professionally created compendium of the range of Lasallian ministries. Both teachers, Brothers, students, and others involved in this mission contribute to a reflective narrative that highlights the unique loving approach of Lasallian ministry, supremely sensitive to others and eminently practical in addressing real needs.
Produced by The Lasallian East Asia District (LEAD), Go Motion and Playhouse Studio – Philippines, Manhattan College – New York
Length: 47 min.
The “Show the VIDEO” tab below lets you run the video from here.