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.

Study Guide – “Saint John Baptist de La Salle” Booklet

This guide accompanies the SFNO introductory booklet about De La Salle and his charism “John Baptist de La Salle: Founder, Educator, Saint.”

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John Baptist de La Salle: The Spirituality of Christian Education

A solid introduction to how De La Salle integrated the Christian vocation of education of the poor into a coherent spirituality, highlighting sections of his various works.

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Beyond Statues and Doors

A 14-minutes, engaging, contemporary overview of the life and influence of St. John Baptist de La Salle, visiting place in France and Rome.

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Reflection on De La Salle

Excellent introduction to St. John Baptist de La Salle, his spiritual foundations, and his ongoing impact on the Institute he founded.

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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.

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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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I, John Baptist de La Salle

A short, easy-to-read biography of John Baptist de La Salle, appropriate for new students, faculty, and others.

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A slightly longer recent biography is The Teacher’s Saint”

 

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Br. Miguel Febres Cordero, FSC

A short biography about the Ecuadorian saint, Br. Miguel Febres Cordero, FSC, who was canonized in 1984.

Brother Miguel was a gifted teacher from the start and a diligent student. Despite high academic honors, teaching remained his first priority, especially his classes in religion and for the young men he prepared for first communion. His students admired his simplicity, his directness, his concern for them, and the intensity of his devotion to the Sacred Heart and the Virgin Mary.

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Br. Mutien-Marie Wiaux, FSC

A short biography about the French saint, Br. Mutien Marie Wiaux, FSC.

Brother Mutien was not only an effective teacher of music and art and a vigilant prefect in the school yard, he was also a catechist in the nearby parish and a tremendous influence on the students by his patience and evident piety.

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Br. Benilde Romancon

A short biography about the French saint, Br. Benilde Romançon, FSC.

Brother Benilde was an effective teacher and administrator, a strict but fair disciplinarian, with a religious sense that was evident to everyone. This book provides a more complete story of his life and legacy.

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Br. Arnold Reche

A short biography about the Blessed Br. Arnold Reche, FSC, of France.

 

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The Martyrs of Turon and Tarragona

This book is about the Brothers who were martyred during the Spanish Revolution (1934-1939).

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Brother Solomon: Martyr of the French Revolution

This book is about the Brother Solomon Leclercq, Secretary of the Institute during the French Revolution.

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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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So Favored by Grace

A set of seven essays that provide a deeper historical, cultural, and educational context for understanding De La Salle’s story and the educational movement that he initiated.

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