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

(The “Show the VIDEO” tab below lets you run the video from here.)
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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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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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Lasallian Saints of Yesterday … and Tomorrow

This is an overview of all of the Lasallian Saints, Blesseds, and other who are being considered for canonization – as of 2013.

 

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Guide Book – www.dlsfootsteps.org

This is a redesigned 2018 PDF booklet that accompanies the www.footsteps.org website. It starts with a complete short biography of St. John Baptist de La Salle, and includes text, photographs, live links to videos and relevant website pages from specific locations in France associated with his life. Reflection questions for personal and group processing are also included. The booklet may be printed out or used on a computer or tablet, so that the links to videos and web pages might be engaged along with the text.

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Br. George Van Grieken, FSC – Workshop & Retreat Resources

These are packets of the powerpoints and handouts that were used in presentations, workshops, or retreats conducted by Br. George Van Grieken, FSC. They are provided at the links below.

2019 Huether Conference – “Five Core Principles – History and Practice” (Br. George and Greg Kopra)

2019 Johnston Institute – “Founding Story & Vision” (Br. George Sessions)

2019 APLEC (Australia) Talk – “What You Can Do in 300 Years”

2018 Huether Breakout – “Called to Live Lasallian: Our Lasallian Vocation – A Sign of Hope for the Church and World.”

2018 Lasallian Research Symposium Talk – “The Five Core Principles: Their Origin, Integration with Catholic Identity, and Resonance Today

2018 SMC De La Salle Week Talk – “21st Century Education: When Technology Meets Albert Borgmann and De La Salle.”

2018 LASSCA Breakout – “Educational Formation in an Age of Technology: Issues & Insights”

2017 Huether Breakout – “Lasallian Formation in an Age of Technology” – Foundational Insights & Help

2017 Advent Retreat (Contacts/Aspirants) – “The Spiritual Self in a Social Media World”

2017 LASSCA Breakout – “Lasallian Formation Resources and Needs”

2017 Coaches Retreat – “What Does It Mean To Be a Lasallian Coach?”

2016 Huether Breakout – “Confronting New Poverties” – Foundational Principles from the Lasallian Heritage

2015 Huether Breakout – “Formation for All” – Building the Local Lasallian Community

2011 LASSCA Breakout – “Lasallian Vocation – What Is It & Why Should I Care?”

 

 

 

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A Library Guide Celebrating De La Salle

Intended as a resource for an introductory set of lessons about St. John Baptist de La Salle, this library guide collects online resources from various parts of the internet.

It was put together as a commemoration of the life and legacy of De La Salle and the tricentenary of his death in 2019.


 

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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
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Lasallian Educational Service of the Poor – Selections from Recent Institute Documents

These are selections from recent documents from the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools that are related to Lasallian educational service of the poor.

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.

Collected and compiled by Dr. Greg Kopra – Director, Formation for Mission (District of San Francisco New Orleans)
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Circulars – Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools

Here is a collection of the Circulars of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools that are available in English in PDF format. Some have come from other websites, and some have been scanned and turned into PDF format by the Lasallian Resource Center.

This collection will expand as more circulars become available in the PDF format. When possible, the PDF version is also an OCR version, so that you can search for key terms of phrases.

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Lifting Students to God

This is a prayer resource for teachers that provides a format for personal prayer centered around specific students and their challenges, character, and/or specific concerns. Guiding questions, addressed in the presence of God, draw us into a deeper appreciation of their situation and focuses our prayer for that individual.

Author: Br. Michael Livaudais, FSC
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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

 

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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.  foundation@lasalle.org

 

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Must-Have Digital Lasallian Resources

The resources listed below are  mostly available online and are indispensable in the work of creating and facilitating Lasallian mission formation programs at a Lasallian schools or institution.  Unless otherwise noted, all of these resources are available through this Lasallian Resource Center website.

The resources list was compiled by Dr. Greg Kopra for the “Local Formators Gathering” of the SFNO District in April 2019.

 

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The Letters of John Baptist De La Salle

This volume contains the letters that were written by. Although few in number, their contents provides a unique and personal insight into the relationship so of De La Salle and the first Brothers with whom he shaped the Institute. There are also some letters to individuals for whom he was a spiritual director..

The introduction and commentary by Colman Malloy, FSC, and Augustine Loes, FSC, gives the context for each of the letters and gives an overview of what they reveal about the writer of these letters.

(1988; 304 pp.)

Translated by Colman Malloy, FSC. Edited by Augustine Loes, FSC.

Volume 1 of Lasallian Sources: The Complete Works of John Baptist de La Salle

Publisher: Christian Brothers Conference – Lasallian Region of North America

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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.

Get the Book
1989 Letter to the Lasallian Family

This Letter to the Lasallian Family was a seminal publication from the General Council of the time. It speaks ab out a variety of topics that are relevant to any discussion of “Association” in contemporary times.

The PDF version provided here is also an OCR version, so that you can search for key terms of phrases.

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