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.

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Advent Reflection Videos

These short Advent reflections are centered around the week's Gospel, De La Salle's meditations, and a contemporary application of their intent. They may be used for personal reflection, group conversation, or the like. (6.5 – 7.5 minutes long each)

Here are direct links to the individual video reflections and to a PDF with the readings:

Advent- First Sunday Video

 

1st Sunday PDF Packet

 

 

 

 

2nd Sunday PDF Packet

 

 

 

 

3rd Sunday PDF Packet

 

 

 

 

4th Sunday PDF Packet

 

 

 

 

Christmas PDF Packet

 

 

 

 

 

Epiphany PDF Packet

 

 

 

 

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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)

(7.5 Minutes)

Film Maker: Br. George Van Grieken, FSC

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St. John Baptist De La Salle: Journey of a Man

This one-man show by Michael Cook, now-retired professor of drama at Saint Mary’s College of California, presents the life of St. John Baptist de La Salle in an  engaging, dramatic, and comprehensive fashion. No one has ever done such a depiction of this Patron Saint of Teachers, and Michael does justice to all of the story’s drama, nuances, and sets of characters involved.

The production was written by Michael, his wife Jeffra, and Dan Cauthon, along with a host of other collaborators. It is a project that came about as a project taken on while he was part of the Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies.

Actor: Michael Cook

For further credits see the RESOURCE DESCRIPTION tab below.

Length: 1 hour 

(The entire 3-hour production, it is available at THIS link.)

 

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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.

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Saint John Baptist de La Salle: His Life and Spirituality

Pamphlet introducing St. John Baptist de La Salle and his educational legacy.

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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.

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Study Guide – “Saint John Baptist de La Salle” Booklet

This guide accompanies the SFNO introductory booklet about De La Salle and his charism “John Baptist de La Salle: Founder, Educator, Saint.”

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SFNO District Facts

Overview of the SFNO schools, personnel, demographics, religious backgrounds, etc. of the students and the administrative structure.

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Praying with John Baptist de La Salle

A Lasallian prayer resource with specifically themed meditations for use with groups or private prayer and reflection.

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Beyond Statues and Doors

A 14-minutes, engaging, contemporary overview of the life and influence of St. John Baptist de La Salle, visiting place in France and Rome.

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De La Salle in Myanmar/Burma

A 7-minute video that shows the work of the Brothers in Myanmar/Burma.

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The Life of De La Salle

A short introduction to St. John Baptist de La Salle by a top Lasallian scholar, Br. Gerard Rummery, FSC.

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Life of De La Salle

A short 4.5-minute overview of De La Salle’s life, with images, information, and a popular music background.

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Lasallian Mission Overview

A video of the Lasallian mission on the West Coast of the United States, putting much information and many insights into a relatively short time space.

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I Am Lasallian

A short, inspirational 4.5 minute video about Lasallian education, backed by a powerful song, that may be used in a variety of settings, including prayer services.

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Reflection on De La Salle

Excellent introduction to St. John Baptist de La Salle, his spiritual foundations, and his ongoing impact on the Institute he founded.

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Inspiration

A short, compact, and rich video that reflects the breadth and depth of the Lasallian mission, both in the United States and around the world.

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www.delasalle.org

The San Francisco New Orleans District website, of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (AKA De La Salle Christian Brothers), providing both information, resources, and an overview of its composition and activities.

 

 

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www.lasallian.info

The website for the Brothers of the Christian Schools (AKA De La Salle Christian Brothers) in the United States and Canada.

 

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www.lasalle.org

The international website for the Brothers of the Christian Schools (AKA De La Salle Christian Brothers).

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www.dlsfootsteps.org

A virtual pilgrimage of De La Salle’s personal vocation story that includes videos, text, photos, panoramic immersion, Google street maps, and more. In 2018, the site was completely redesigned and made responsive to small or large screens. New HD versions of the videos were also added. An accompanying, dynamically linked PDF booklet takes individuals and groups through the journey via narrative, video links, and formative questions.

 

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Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies

A three-year set of two-week summer courses that focuses on the Lasallian founding story, De La Salle’s educational vision, and De La Salle’s spiritual vision. It seeks to deepen the participants’ association for Lasallian mission and provides a rich opportunity to meet and study with Lasallian from throughout the US/Canada Region and the world.

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District Workshops and Retreats (SFNO)

Workshops, retreats, and meetings of common-interest groups within the San Francisco New Orleans (SFNO) District.

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Br. Mutien-Marie Wiaux, FSC

A short biography about the French saint, Br. Mutien Marie Wiaux, FSC.

Brother Mutien was not only an effective teacher of music and art and a vigilant prefect in the school yard, he was also a catechist in the nearby parish and a tremendous influence on the students by his patience and evident piety.

The book is available on www.amazon.com, and it may be downloaded as a PDF.

 

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