If you are new to the Lasallian world, and even perhaps to the educational world, the whole thing may seem a be daunting. But don't despair! That's exactly how De La Salle and the first Brothers began. You're in good company.
If you just want to have an overview of basics, then start with the booklet "St. John Baptist de La Salle: Founder, Educator, Saint." Here you will find all the basics about this "Lasallian" business that others seem to find important. Look through the booklet, read the sections that appeal to you, and when you're ready, take a look at the Study Guide that was created in order to help others look at its contents a little more deeply. 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. The "Inspiration" video will give you an overview of how one videographer, without past experience of agendas, came to understand what the Lasallian world was all about, simply by going around Lasallian sites, filming and asking questions. There are also other resources about Prayer, and District Facts, and the SFNO Website that you might like shown in the carousel below. For a more comprehensive list of resources, go to the RESOURCE CATALOGUE and check off the "NEWCOMERS" box in the search options.
When you find yourself ready, talk with others about what you're learning, the questions that have come up, and how all of this resonates (or doesn't) with your initial experience of the Lasallian world. The more you enter into the process of real learning (AKA "Formation"), the greater the opportunity to understand, engage in, and enjoy the Lasallian Catholic educational experience.
Lasallian NEWCOMERS – Top Items
Saint John Baptist de La Salle: Founder, Educator, Saint
Excellent accessible resource for suggested further reading, covering De La Salle’s life, charism, pedagogical approach, and spirituality. Published by the Office of Education of the San Francisco New Orleans District, it is available upon request from Katie Batt.
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.
Brother Solomon – Canonization
This page from the Regional website provides resources helpful in teaching, learning, and sharing information about Brother Solomon Le Clerq, FSC, who was canonized on October 16, 2016, in Rome, Italy. For a video of Br. Gerard Rummery talking about the martyrdom from its location in Paris, go to THIS LINK. The site also includes photographs of the Carmelite Abbey gardens, a written description of the events, and an interactive Google map.
Brothers of the San Francisco New Orleans District – VIDEOS
These brief 3-4 minute videos by Joseph Alexander-Short are wonderful, poignant, and inspiring insights into the lives of some of the Brothers of the San Francisco New Orleans District of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. They are part of an effort both to share the rich vocational heritage of the province and to make the vocation of the Brother more generally known and appreciated.
Below are the updated set of individual videos.
New videos will be posted on this page as they are released.
Let Us Remember: Stories of the Holy Presence of God
This publication by the Lasallian Publications Committee of the Region of North America provides 52 stories from Lasallian school ministries, child and family youth service ministries, and retreat ministries. Each story focuses on how the “holy presence of God” has been experienced or seen through the eyes of personal witnesses.
An introduction gives an overview of how the holy presence of God has permeated the spirituality of St. John Baptist de La Salle.