Interest in Lasallian scholarship has grown more widely over the last fifty years, as both scholars and ordinary Lasallian educators have developed an appetite for pursuing questions related to Lasallian history, pedagogy, and spirituality. Both the Buttimer Institute and the Lasallian Research Symposium have encouraged this greater interest.
Ever since the General Chapter of 1956, the Institute has made a concerted effort in develop greater scholarship in Lasallian studies. Today the translations of De La Salle’s major works – such as The Conduct, The Meditations, and The Letters – have led to studies such as Lasallian Themes, the Cahiers Lasalliens, and Henri Bedel’s History of the Institute. On the higher education level, there are now programs in Lasallian Studies amazing digital research journals such as AXIS and the digital journal at the Motherhouse in Rome.
Opportunities abound for those seeking to pursue general or arcane Lasallian study areas. For those starting out, it’s best to simply begin reading available resources such as the MEL bulletins, “Spirituality in the Time of John Baptist de La Salle” and “So Favored by Grace.” Attendance at either the Buttimer Institute and/or the annual Lasallian Research Symposium will allow collaboration with like-minded Lasallians and the inevitable benefits that result in one’s exposure to, and appreciation of, the larger world of Lasallian scholarship.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can BUY THE BOOK HERE.
For a short introduction video to the Meditations for the Time of Retreat, go to THIS page or see the tab below.
Guide Book – www.dlsfootsteps.org
This is a redesigned 2018 PDF booklet that accompanies the www.footsteps.org website. It starts with a complete short biography of St. John Baptist de La Salle, and includes text, photographs, live links to videos and relevant website pages from specific locations in France associated with his life. Reflection questions for personal and group processing are also included. The booklet may be printed out or used on a computer or tablet, so that the links to videos and web pages might be engaged along with the text.
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.”
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.
Lasallian Glossary, Style & Publication Guide (SFNO)
A guide to the use of specific terms, phrases, and spellings within the Lasallian educational network.
These protocols were created by and for the District of San Francisco New Orleans.
Br. George Van Grieken, FSC – Workshop & Retreat Resources
These are packets of the powerpoints and handouts that were used in presentations, workshops, or retreats conducted by Br. George Van Grieken, FSC. They are provided at the links below.
2020 Huether Conference – “What Innovation Looks Like Throughout Lasallian History”
2019 Huether Conference – “Five Core Principles – History and Practice” (Br. George and Greg Kopra)
2019 Johnston Institute – “Founding Story & Vision” (Br. George Sessions)
2019 APLEC (Australia) Talk – “What You Can Do in 300 Years”
2018 Huether Breakout – “Called to Live Lasallian: Our Lasallian Vocation – A Sign of Hope for the Church and World.”
2018 Lasallian Research Symposium Talk – “The Five Core Principles: Their Origin, Integration with Catholic Identity, and Resonance Today
2018 SMC De La Salle Week Talk – “21st Century Education: When Technology Meets Albert Borgmann and De La Salle.”
2018 LASSCA Breakout – “Educational Formation in an Age of Technology: Issues & Insights”
2017 Huether Breakout – “Lasallian Formation in an Age of Technology” – Foundational Insights & Help
2017 Advent Retreat (Contacts/Aspirants) – “The Spiritual Self in a Social Media World”
2017 LASSCA Breakout – “Lasallian Formation Resources and Needs”
2017 Coaches Retreat – “What Does It Mean To Be a Lasallian Coach?”
2016 Huether Breakout – “Confronting New Poverties” – Foundational Principles from the Lasallian Heritage
2015 Huether Breakout – “Formation for All” – Building the Local Lasallian Community
2011 LASSCA Breakout – “Lasallian Vocation – What Is It & Why Should I Care?”
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.
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)
Film Maker: Br. George Van Grieken, FSC
(The “Show the VIDEO” tab below lets you run the video from here.)
A Library Guide Celebrating De La Salle
Intended as a resource for an introductory set of lessons about St. John Baptist de La Salle, this library guide collects online resources from various parts of the internet.
It was put together as a commemoration of the life and legacy of De La Salle and the tricentenary of his death in 2019.