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.

The Traditional Wreath
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.)
Link to Video
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.)

 

The “Show the VIDEO” tab below lets you run the video from here.

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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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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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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.

(The “Show the VIDEO” tab below lets you run the video from here.)
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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.

Link to Website
District Workshops and Retreats (SFNO)

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

Link to Website
Artwork by Various Brothers – Black and White & Color

Below are sets of drawings and other artwork from Brothers of the Institute. They include works by the following Brothers:

  • Br. Felipe Ocadiz, FSC
  • Br. Fermin Gainza, FSC
  • Br. Mario Barrios, FSC
  • Br. Joseph Hiep, FSC

Each gallery includes options for viewing them and downloading them.

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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.

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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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Art & Images – Various Lasallian Saints and Feasts

Below are sets of drawings and other artwork about Lasallian saints and feasts, drawn from various resources. They will be added during the 2018 calendar year as their commemorative dates occur.

Each gallery includes options for viewing and downloading the relevant images.

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Prayer & Formation Resources for Lasallian Groups

These sets of resources around specific themes are meant to be used for prayer and discussion by Lasallian educators, administrators, board members, students, and others interested in pursuing their Lasallian identity.

Many of these began with a Board focus and were adapted for use with school groups, teacher groups, Brother groups, and any groups of gathered Lasallians. If portions of them are used in other prayer services, it would appropriate to give proper attribution to the sources used.

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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.)
Link to Video
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.

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TIMELINES – St. John Baptist de La Salle

Below are three online timelines that highlight significant events in the life of St. John Baptist de La Salle.

Some are more detailed than others. They may be well used with students, teachers, and others who are interested in the linear events of De La Salle’s life.


 

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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.


 

Link to Library Guide
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.)

 

The “Show the VIDEO” tab below lets you run the video from here.

Link to Video
The Life of De La Salle (& Manhattan College)

This is a video in commemoration of the tercentenary celebration of the death of St. John Baptist de La Salle in 1719. His life story is told via sections from interviews with individuals at Manhattan College. Along with the story of De La Salle, many students relate why they appreciate Lasallian education, and what they are doing to continue that inspiration into the future. See the fuller description below.

Produced by Manhattan College – New York

Length: 12 min.

The “Show the VIDEO” tab below lets you run the video from here.

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Tricentenary and the Year of Lasallian Vocations

2019 is the tricentenary anniversary of St. John Baptist de La Salle’s passing into eternal life. It has also been declared as the Year of Lasallian Vocations.

The goals of this tercentenary year are to:

  • Celebrate and give thanks for our common heritage and our vitality through our association for the transformative human and Christian education of the young, especially the poor.
  • Renew our commitment to respond to the reality and needs of today through promoting our mission, charism, and founding story.
  • Share our hope for the future within the unity and diversity of Lasallian vocations by witnessing the movement of the Spirit in our lives and ministry.

The resources on this page are to assist in providing a variety of ways to educate, collaborate, and celebrate within the Lasallian world and elsewhere.

If there are resources you wish to contribute, please contact Br. Chris Patiño, FSC (brochrisfsc@dlsi.org).

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