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.

District of Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, and Papua New Guinea

A website with prayer-related reflections, videos on Lasallian themes, and many formation resources on a variety of topics: De La Salle, pedagogy, Lasallian spirituality, and so on.

 

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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 Chapel of Disclosure

This video celebrates a new way of experiencing transcendence in a secular context through the transformation of a church space at Centrum De La Salle in Groot-Bijgaarden, Belgium.

Based on the work of Br. Herman Lombaerts, FSC

Length: 5 min.

(There is also a French version at THIS link.)

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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.

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This Is Our Lasallian Story

This video shares a series of short vignettes about various Lasallian educational ministries around the world, many of them working the marginalized and needy. It is a wonderful, professionally created compendium of the range of Lasallian ministries. Both teachers, Brothers, students, and others involved in this mission contribute to a reflective narrative that highlights the unique loving approach of Lasallian ministry, supremely sensitive to others and eminently practical in addressing real needs.

Produced by The Lasallian East Asia District (LEAD), Go Motion and Playhouse Studio – Philippines, Manhattan College – New York

Length: 47 min.

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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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The Fratelli Project – Lebanon

The Solidarity and Development Secretariat at the Casa Generalizia in Rome has been involved in the Fratelli Project for some years, where the Marist Brothers and the De La Salle Christian Brothers have joined in Lebanon to accompany Syrian, Iraqi and Lebanese children who have difficulties to study due to the armed conflicts in their countries.

This is a recent video of their ongoing ministry. More information and links in the longer description below.

Length: 4:40 min.

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