Leaders in Lasallian schools, whether Presidents, Principals, second-line administrators, trustees, or others in leadership positions, have the unique privilege and challenge of carrying the Lasallian mission forward in very concrete ways through very specific circumstances. With that responsibility comes an expectation of a deeper understanding of Lasallian history, pedagogy, and spirituality.

Two major books that should be read are “Touching the Hearts of Students” and “The Work is Yours.” They provide foundational exposure to the roots of the Lasallian educational movement. From a more historical perspective in terms of pedagogy, the late 18th century essay on the 12 Virtues by Brother Agathon show the consistency of educational perspectives within our Lasallian tradition, while the book “John Baptist De La Salle: The Spirituality of Christian Education” collects the best of his writings in one place. The most significant recent publications from Rome on the topic of “Association” – Circular 461 and Bulletin 254 and – should be on any Lasallian leader’s reading list, at least in the long term.

Among videos that are available, those on “The Life of De La Salle” and “The Purpose of Lasallian Schools” are worth watching as ways of engaging in a reflective dialogue with your own experience. Do they resonate with your own experience? Is this what your school community looks like or reflects? Taking a look at new Lasallian video on the website every week will foster a greater sense of the Lasallian world.

Finally, it’s worthwhile checking out the District, Regional, and International Lasallian websites because they offer a continually changing array of activities, invitations, announcements, and informational tidbits, many of which are worth sharing with others in the school. Likewise, the extensive opportunities to participate in programs, institutes, and retreats are a rich treasure for both yourself and for the teachers confided to your care. For a more comprehensive list of resources, go to the RESOURCE CATALOGUE and check off the “LEADERS” box in the search options.

You will come to realize that 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 Gentle American

A biography of Brother Charles Henry Buttimer, the first American Superior General of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.

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The Conduct of Christian Schools

This book has served for three centuries as the basis for administering the Brothers’ schools, and it is universally held to be a milestone in the field of primary education. The organizational structure will be appealing to most Lasallian administrators, and modern equivalents might readily be imagined.

 

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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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2015 RULE of the Brothers

The office 2015 Rule of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (English).

 

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Directories & Guides for Various Roles and Areas

Official directories and guides for various areas of responsibility in the governance of the Institute.

 

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Meditations of John Baptist De La Salle

The collection of 208 meditations by St. John Baptist de La Salle, each in three parts, that cover a wide range of topics, saints, feast days, and matters directly related to the education of youth. It’s focus is on the person of the teacher and the spiritual dimensions of an educator’s vocation. It is an inspiring guidepost to anyone in the ministry of education. Some of the sentiments in 17th century theology. But much of this book may be applied to one’s own journey as a Lasallian administrator and the demands that the responsibility makes.

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For a short introduction video to the Meditations for the Time of Retreat, go to THIS page or see the tab below.

 

 

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1986 Characteristics of Lasallian Schools

This 1986 document, developed by the Regional Education Committee of the Christian Brothers in the United States, emerged from a multi-year consultation and writing process, producing “a foundational and consensual document for the entire Lasallian system, which has the support of an impressive core of leadership people throughout the Region.”

 

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The Brothers of the Christian Schools in the World Today – A Declaration (1967)

This is “an authoritative statement that would serve as foundation and unifying principle” of the work of the 39th General Chapter of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (1966-67). This 1997 translation of the document corrects some aspects of the original translation, as explained by Br. Luke Salm in the introduction.The document invites Lasallian educators “to resolutely enter upon the path of renewal and adaptation.”

Over the last 50 years, the Declaration has continued to be one of the most pivotal documents in the process of renewal among everyone associated with Lasallian schools, and it retains its relevance, appeal, and vitality to this very day.

 

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ANNOTATED – The Brothers of the Christian Schools in the World Today: A Declaration (1967)

This version of the Declaration, the work of the 39th General Chapter of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (1966-67) is the 1997 translation of the document with annotations in the margins that refer to the Rule of 2015.

Since its publication in 1967, The Brother of the Christian Schools in the World Today: A Declaration has profoundly impacted the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. This impact can be seen in specific sections of the current Rule, approved by the 45th General Chapter in 2014 and by the Vatican in 2015. This annotated version of the Declaration provides documentation of the specific parts of the text which were foundational for parts of the new Rule. On each page of the text that of this version of the Declaration, the citations on the left margin indicate specific Articles in the current 2015 Rule. For further reference, the full text of each part of the Rule that is cited are listed at the end of the document.

This resource was researched and prepared in 2018 by Br. Paul Avvento, FSC.

 

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The Story of De La Salle

This children’s book, created by the ARLEP District (Spain & Portugal), tells the story of St. John Baptist de La Salle, using his own voice. The artwork and the text are designed for use with young children. It was produced for the 300th anniversary of De La Salle’s passing into eternal life and has been translated into English in order to reach a larger audience.

 

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Memento – 2018

A directory of information about all of the Lasallian schools and communities around the world.

 

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Catechesis and the Laity

Catechesis and the Laity: The Participation of the Laity  in the Ministry of the Word and the Mission of the Teaching Brother in the Church

This is the translation in 358 pages of sections four and five of an important work published in France in 1962. The footnote references to the Meditations of De La Salle are particularly invaluable.

Author: Michel Sauvage, FSC. (1923 – 2001)

Translation by: Oswald Murdoch, 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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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!

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To Touch Hearts: The Pedagogical Spirituality of St. John Baptist de La Salle

This book draws from two essential Lasallian works – The Conduct of Schools and the Meditations of John Baptist de La Salle – and develops characteristics of the pedagogical spirituality that they represent. The educational charism started in Reims in 1680 by De La Salle and his Brothers reaches around the globe today, touching educators of every kind. The book provides a deeper examination of what lies behind that popularity and ongoing relevance.

Author: George Van Grieken, FSC

Publisher: Christian Brothers Conference

Paperback (403 Pages)

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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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Beginnings: De La Salle and His Brothers

This little book was first published in 1980, and it has been out of print for many years. Yet it deserves much wider circulation, because it contains foundational context essays about St. John Baptist de La Salle. All were written by preeminent Lasallian scholars of the time.

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John Baptist de La Salle and Special Education

This book was first published in 1988 but has been out of print for many years. It is a study of the Lasallian educational enterprises that were established by St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Brothers of the Christian Schools at St. Yon in Rouen, France. It was here that one of the first secondary school curriculums was developed, along with a facility for court-adjudicated youth (and even adults).

The book provides many early principles, guidelines, and practices associated with educating unique and special students according to the same methologies and priorities that had already been effectively implemented at the elementary school level throughout France.

The book will be especially of interest to Youth and Family Service agencies, counselors, and others who work with youth with special needs.

Author: Othmar Würth

Publisher: Christian Brothers Conference

Paperback (137 Pages)

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