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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SFNO District Facts

Overview of the SFNO schools, personnel, demographics, religious backgrounds, etc. of the students and the administrative structure.

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MEL 8/9 – “The Educator’s Life Journey”

A booklet from Rome providing twelve themes for the initial formation of Lasallian educators.

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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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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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Praying Each Day – Nicholas Hutchason, FSC

A website with the prayer resources developed by Br. Nicholas Hutchason, FSC, including links to the books available from his publisher.

 

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Circular 461 – Associated for the Lasallian Mission …an act of HOPE

This Circular is a foundational document on the key dimension of “association” and its central place in Lasallian life and mission.

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Study Guide for Circular 461

This is a reflections and discussion guide for reading Circular 461. Each section of the Circular is addressed with three questions that elicit the reader’s personal response, and a series of additional questions that examine specific points in the document. Designed for group use.

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The Lasallian Mission of Human and Christian Education: A Shared Mission

This 1997 document by Br. John Johnston, FSC, provides the foundational understanding of what it means to be part of a “Shared Mission” in Lasallian schools that are part of the Lasallian charism.

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The Twelve Virtues of a Good Teacher

This is a small booklet providing a classic reflection on 12 Virtues for a Good Teacher that St. John Baptist de La Salle listed in one of his texts. Brother Agathon’s exposition on each virtue has endures through the centuries and remains very relevant even today. Along with a printed booklet version, it is also available online at this link.

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The Formation of New Teachers

This booklet addresses the duties, qualities, and responsibilities of those involved in Lasallian formation. The insights and suggestions that it provides enable teachers to grow as ministers of grace within the Lasallian heritage.

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Lasallian Reflection 1 – A Gospel Adventure

This is the first of a planned series of reflections for the entire worldwide Lasallian family, provided by the Superior General and his Council in Rome, and recommended as a Lasallian theme for the year in which it was provided.

 

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Lasallian Liturgies

This Lasallian prayer book includes morning prayers, evening prayers, and Mass prayers for all the current (2016) Lasallian feast days, Saints, and Blesseds, along with brief biographies and artwork.

 

 

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International Lasallian Liturgy Resources

A resource for facilitating prayer services in international Lasallian settings. Contains selected music, psalms, scripture texts, and portions of De La Salle’s meditations in English, French, and Spanish.

 

 

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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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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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