Resources that may be of interest to board members of Lasallian schools or ministries.
The Teacher’s Saint – The Life and Times of St. John Baptist de La Salle.
This short, accessible biography of the life and times of St. John Baptist de La Salle is written for all those who are interested enough in his life to want to know more but who don’t have the time or inclination to read longer biographies such as those by Luke Salm or Alfred Calcutt. Written in an appealing style, the main outlines of his life are presented, along with an introductory section that lays out the social, political, and religious context of his time.
Author: George Van Grieken, FSC
Publisher: Christian Brothers Conference
Paperback (110 Pages)
NOTE: There is a 20% discount through the Saint Mary’s Press website for purchases of 2 or more copies with the code:TEACHERSAINT!
The book is available on Amazon as well.
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.
The “Show the VIDEO” tab below lets you run the video from here.
1989 Letter to the Lasallian Family
This Letter to the Lasallian Family was a seminal publication from the General Council of the time. It speaks ab out a variety of topics that are relevant to any discussion of “Association” in contemporary times.
The PDF version provided here is also an OCR version, so that you can search for key terms of phrases.
A Lasallian Advent Video Calendar
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.
Saint John Baptist de La Salle: Founder, Educator, Saint
A comprehensive introduction to the life of John Baptist de La Salle, his unique pedagogical approach towards students, and his enduring spirituality. A brief survey of his personal life story leads to a description of the innovative educational elements he and the early Brothers introduced, followed by a concise summary of the elements of his education-based spirituality.
This resource may be used by itself or with the study guides that are available for its use within Lasallian institutions. It makes for a very accessible overview for both new and veteran teachers and administrators.
Please look at the link icons below for the file size that is most appropriate for your device:
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Physical copies are available upon request from Katie Batt (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Publisher: District of San Francisco New Orleans
The annual gathering of Lasallian educators of the Lasallian Region of North America that focuses on innovative educational issues and a changing variety of themes related to Lasallian education and the schools. It is open to faculty and staff from all Lasallian ministries and includes major addresses, breakout sessions, seminars, and the like.
De La Salle Christian Brothers share their COVID Experience – VIDEOS
In celebration of the World Day for Consecrated Life, here are some videos of Brothers around the world responding to “what it’s like to be a Brother in the time of COVID19.
For the text versions and for translations of videos in other languages, see below the video on Facebook.
Meditations for the Time of Retreat: A Lasallian Home Retreat
Meditations for the Time of Retreat: A Lasallian Home Retreat, by Brother Vincent Pelletier, FSC, offers a home-
The hardback version is available HERE.
HERE is a short video introduction to the Meditations for the Time of Retreat.
Creating a New Lasallian Map
Building New Paths to Transform Lives
Two Brothers have written and distributed a small booklet to help facilitate conversations among the Lasallian Family worldwide. It is provided in response to the invitation from the Preparatory Commission of the 46th General Chapter to Lasallians everywhere to think about, discuss, and share their thoughts about the future direction of the Institute.
Printed copies have been made available to each District in the Institute, both for the Brothers and for interested Lasallians.
On this page are downloadable copies of that same booklet, provided in English, Español, and Français.
Please click on the booklet’s image below to download the PDF.
Prayer Services for General Use
Below are some prayers services that may be used with any group – students, parents, teachers, boards, etc. They are particularly focused on dealing with the challenges of the recent pandemic but could be used in any context.
They are provided in PDF and in Powerpoint formats. For those leading the prayer, all you will need to do is to have readers for the various sections – or allow others to read an individual page in silence if there is a musical selection on the same slide.
Of course, you are welcome to edit the Powerpoint as you wish.
NOTE: Please see the notes below the prayer services about window and sound sharing.
2021 – Lasallian Speakers Symposium – ANZPPG
Three online professional learning symposia for Lasallian Educators.
The ANZZPG Lasallian Formation for Mission Team has created a program of three online symposia focussing on the 2021 Institute Theme: “You Are Part of the Miracle: Our Vision, Our Passion, Our Future.”
The format is a 30-45 minute presentation followed by a short period of facilitated discussion. There is one presenter each from Singapore, the Philippines, and the United States.
Details of the recordings are below.
Prayer Reflections for Lasallians & Books from Br. Nicholas Hutchinson, FSC
The Lasallian community of Brothers and Partners in the United Kingdom have produced numerous resources over the years that have assisted in the Lasallian formation of groups and individuals. Below are four PDF booklets that are a resource for reflection and prayer for Lasallians discerning the way forward in today’s world.
One of those who produced a large number of resources was Br. Nicholas Hutchinson, FSC. His books continue to be published by Matthew James Publishing, and links to these may be found below. Further resources compiles or created by him may also be downloaded as PDF files below.
The Leavening Project – From the General Council of the 46th General Chapter
Here is the “Leavening Project” document that has been created and provided by the General Council. It was released in January of 2023.
This document and worldwide project is provided as a way to “deepen our commitment to what the 46th General Chapter indicates to us with great clairty, strength, and prophecy.” It is provided as a means to “continue to grow in the many experiences of fraternities, communities, and other vibrant intentional experiences that have known how to interpret the newness of the Gospel to read in faith the signs of the time in the Church of the 21st century, living together the call of Jesus Christ.” (General Council)
– This short video provides an introduction to the Leavening Project and some of its implications.
A 2023 Bible Diary: The Word of God in the Eyes of Lasallians (Click on the date)
Lasallian Stories on the Road
This is the 2022 pastoral letter from Br. Armin Luistro, FSC, Superior General of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. It follows a long-held tradition whereby the Superior General provides pastoral reflections for the body of the Institute and all of its members. This letter consists of stories from real encounters between Br. Armin and those people whom he has met along the way so far.
Circular 478 – Documents of the 46th General Chapter
This PDF provides the results from the 46th General Chapter of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Held in Rome in May 2022 at the Casa Generalizia, the results were the end of a different process that is explained in the letter that precedes the body of the document.