Coordinators or Animators for Lasallian Mission in the schools have a wide-ranging responsibility to support, enhance, and deepen the Lasallian character of the school. This usually includes the life of prayer, Lasallian formation of faculty and staff, and leadership in Lasallian formation efforts on the part of themselves or others.

Usually, such individuals are already well-versed in the Lasallian world and the multitude of resources that are generally available. The suggestions here should therefore be seen as complementing the personal, ongoing formation that is required to fulfill the role well. It will be assumed that Lasallian Coordinators will be looking through the other sections of this website for resource information.

Some resources that may be helpful on many levels include the many MEL Bulletins that are available online or via the Motherhouse in Rome, especially MEL 51 which focuses on formation for the Lasallian mission. The discussion guides that have been written for the booklet “St. John Baptist de La Salle: Founder, Educator, Saint” and Circular 461, along with “Discussion Questions for Selected Lasallian Publications,” are worth knowing about. The remastered movie “Saint John Baptist de La Salle: Patron Saint of Teachers” is popular with freshmen, and a number of the videos done in 1998-1999, such as Lasallian LIfe” or “Br. Felix Masson, FSC” or “Vocation of a De La Salle Christian Brother” – may be helpful in presentations about the Brothers and the Lasallian tradition of the school. It would certainly be worthwhile for Coordinators/Animators to consider attending the Buttimer Institute or pursuing an advanced degree in Lasallian Studies.

In terms of resources for prayer, there is the classic “Praying with St. John Baptist de La Salle” and the online Lasallian art collection from the Rome website.

For a more comprehensive list of resources, go to the RESOURCE CATALOGUE and check off the “COORDINATORS” box in the search options.

While you have the responsibility to facilitate Lasallian formation, you will also personally benefit from sharing your experience with others who have the same responsibility. The more you enter into the process of real learning (AKA “Formation”), the greater the opportunity you will have to understand, engage in, and enjoy the Lasallian Catholic educational experience.

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Liturgical Drawings – Joseph Hiep, FSC

An online repository for the liturgical drawings by Br. Joseph Hiep, FSC (1953-1998).

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Lasallian Artwork – Rome Website

An online repository for Lasallian drawings, paintings, and iconography.

 

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Photomosaic of St. John Baptist de La Salle

This is an image of St. John Baptist de La Salle that was created from a large collection of photographs from around the Lasallian world. The further back you step from it, the more the image emerges. It illustrates the fact that the face of De La Salle today is present and lived through all those who are part of his educational heritage.

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Let Us Remember – SATB Setting 2 (Copy)

This is a SATB setting of the phrase “Let us remember that we are in Holy Presence of God.” It is based on a simple melody that became the basis of a choral setting, one that went through two iterations by two different composers. As such, it is a collaborative Lasallian effort.

It may be used to begin prayer services at schools, school events, choral concerts, or other settings where a short, reflective choral piece would be an asset.

Composers: Br. George Van Grieken, FSC; Otto Wild: Br. Martin Yribarren, FSC

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Painting – Children Leaving School – Benjamin Vautier (1829-1898)

This popular painting by Benjamin Vautier (1829-1898) shows a group of boys leaving school amidst a snowy scene, with a Brother at the door watching them with benign amusement. Links are below.

Painting A – At the Victoria and Albert Museum (London) – Downloadable with conditions.

Painting B – Professionally copied versions available for purchase.

Print – Online

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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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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
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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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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Let Us Remember – Octavo for Choir

This is a setting of a popular invocation of the Lasallian prayer: “Let us remember that we are in the Holy Presence of God.” The setting is arranged for four voices (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) and simple to learn. Nevertheless, the harmonies are rich and complex. It is a great piece for choirs in Lasallian schools to us at their liturgies, prayer services, or as a prayer for Lasallian events.

HERE or below is a link to the page that includes the print Octavo, the PDF Octavo, and a recording sample.

Arrangers: Otto Wild & Br. Martin Yribarren, FSC

Composer of original tune: Br. George Van Grieken, FSC

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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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Br. James Miller, FSC

The Vatican announced on Thursday, November 8, 2018, that Pope Francis approved a decree recognizing that Brother James Miller died as a martyr Feb. 13, 1982, in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. The process for declaring him a martyr began in 2009 and received this important ‘green light’ from the theological commission, which means we will soon be able to celebrate his beatification. Br. James will be the first De La Salle Christian Brothers from the United States to be beatified. The cause of beatification was undertaken by the Diocese of Huehuetenango, Guatemala and received the Decree of Validity in Rome in 2010 when Brother James was designated a Servant of God and a martyr for the faith. As a martyr, Br. James must have one miracle posthumously attributed to him to reach the next level toward official sainthood, which is canonization.

In the afternoon of February 13, 1982, at the age of 37, in Huehuetenango, Guatemala, Brother James (Santiago) Miller was shot several times by three men and he died instantly. Attempts to identify the assassins were unsuccessful. After funeral rites in Guatemala and in Saint Paul, Minnesota, he was buried in the parish cemetery in Polonia, Wisconsin.

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Frère – A Graphic Novel

This is a graphic novel on the life of Saint John Baptist de La Salle that was created by De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde in the Philippines. It is based on a cartoon video of the same name, which may be seen HERE.

Graphic Novel Adaptation: Benjie M. Marasigan, Jr.

© De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde
2533 Taft Avenue
Manila, Philippines 1004

www.benilde.edu.ph

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Frère: De La Salle – Patron Saint of Teachers

This is a movie-length cartoon about the life of Saint John Baptist de La Salle that was created by De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde in the Philippines in 2011. There is also a graphic novel of the same name, which may be seen HERE.

© De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde
2533 Taft Avenue
Manila, Philippines 1004

www.benilde.edu.ph

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Honneur a Toi – Song in Honor of St. John Baptist de La Salle

This hymn is sung by Brothers and others to honor St. John Baptist de La Salle on celebratory occasions. See the resources for it below.

Honneur a Toi was first printed in in Recueil de Cantiques Anciens et Nouveaux (1889 edition).  It was one of two hymns composed to mark the beatification of John Baptist de La Salle in 1888:  “Honneur a Toi” [Honor to You] and “Veritable Ami de l’Enfance” [True Friend of the Young].

The author of the text of “Veritable” was Brother Idelphus, FSC, a well known translator from Spanish of the poems of Theresa of Avila and John of the Cross. He was chapel master at Passy.  The composer of the music was Brother Albert des Anges, FSC, successor to Brother Leonce as chapel master at Passy, who authored a large number of hymns and wrote almost all of the accompaniments of the 1889 collection.  Both Brothers were commissioned by the superiors to revise the texts and musical settings for the 1889 edition of Recueil de Cantiques Anciens et Nouveaux.

According to Br. Edwin, based on a French Brother who provided the history of the song in 1991 to a Belgian confrere via a letter, “It would be hard to believe that the authors of the  Honneur a Toi were not these two contributors.”

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Cahiers lasalliens – Lasallian Studies

This set of scholarly Lasallian resources focus on the person of St. John Baptist de La Salle, his writings, and the origins of the Institute of Brothers of the Christian Schools. All of them are the product of extensive research and scholarly deliberation. They are the primary texts for any serious historical or pedagogical consideration of Lasallian history, education, or spirituality.

The PDF copies made available on this page are OCR-enabled; i.e., they allow individuals to download and search for specific words or phrases. Most of the volumes are in French, but some have been translated into French and/or Spanish.

As more volumes are scanned and processed, they will be added to this page.

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Iconographie – Lasallian Images and Resources Collection (ROME)

SCROLL DOWN for the collection of 160 images and documents related to Saint John Baptist de La Salle that was prepared for the tricentenary of the birth of the Institute in 1680. They were provided as a set of large display-quality plates in an ornate blue box, and many of these are still to be found in Brothers’ communities, libraries, and elsewhere. There was also a boxed set of color slides, accompanied by a small booklet that explained each of the images.

They are provided here as JPG and PDF files for the larger Lasallian family.
A PDF of the entire book (257 MB) is HERE.

Br. Emile Rousset, FSC, headed the project. Also involved were Br. John Johnston, Br. Patrice Marey, Br. Jose Cervantes, Br. Leone Morelli, Br. Maurice Hermans, Br. Leon de Marie Aroz, and Br. John Hazell.

Produced in France: December 15, 1979
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DE L’IMPRIMERIE LIMET
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Complete Works in FRENCH – John Baptist de La Salle

This collection of all of De La Salle’s writings is a treasure trove for those who would like to research, or simply read, the works of the Founder in his native tongue. Anything that De La Salle wrote is included in this volume. And the PDF is provided in OCR format – which means that you can search for a French word of phrase.It is also an accessible resource for students in French language studies who would like to read some of De La Salle’s writings, especially his letters, which are personal and written with simple language.

This compendium is based on the extensive research behind the production of the multi-volume set of Cahiers lasalliens series.

Publication Date: 1993

Publisher: Ètudes Lasalliennes, FEC, via Aurelia, 476, 0016, ROMA

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FSC Institute & RELAN Statistics

This page provides the latest statistics about the Brothers of the Christian Schools and their ministries throughout the world and within the Region of North America. (See below)

The Institute statistics come from the Memento, an annual summary from the Generalate in Rome. A PDF may be downloaded of this booklet.

The RELAN statistics comes from CARA (Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate), which published an annual report for the Lasallian Region of North America. Summary information is provided below. A PDF of the entire report may be downloaded through the link provided.

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Books by Br. Louis DeThomasis, FSC

Br. Louis DeThomasis, FSC, is a De La Salle Christian Brother. Below are some of the books that he has authored on issues of concern to the Catholic Church and on ethical considerations in the world of business. From 2008 to 2017, Brother Louis served as president and chairman of CBIS. Founded in 1981, the Catholic investment service provides socially responsible investment management exclusively to Catholic institutions worldwide. Today, CBIS manages $7 billion in assets for dioceses, colleges, and universities; religious institutes; and health care systems, and has offices in the United States and Europe.

Widely recognized for his distinguished academic leadership in service to Lasallian education, Brother Louis served for 21 years as president of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and continues today as the university’s president emeritus, professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, and distinguished senior fellow with the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership.

Brother Louis earned a bachelor of science degree in international relations from Georgetown University, conducted graduate study in theology at Providence College in Providence, R.I., and earned a doctorate in economics and financial management from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati. He also completed postdoctoral studies as a Bush Fellow at the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.

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