Saint John Baptist de La Salle: His Life and Spirituality

Pamphlet introducing St. John Baptist de La Salle and his educational legacy.

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Saint John Baptist de La Salle: Founder, Educator, Saint

Excellent accessible resource for suggested further reading, covering De La Salle’s life, charism, pedagogical approach, and spirituality. Published by the Office of Education of the San Francisco New Orleans District, it is available upon request from Katie Batt.

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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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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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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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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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St. John Baptist de La Salle

A short 8-minute video about St. John Baptist de La Salle, Patron Saint of Teachers, that may be used as a brief introduction to his life story.

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Brothers of the San Francisco New Orleans District – VIDEOS

These brief 3-4 minute videos by Joseph Alexander-Short are wonderful, poignant, and inspiring insights into the lives of some of the Brothers of the San Francisco New Orleans District of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. They are part of an effort both to share the rich vocational heritage of the province and to make the vocation of the Brother more generally known and appreciated.

Below are the updated set of individual videos.

New videos will be posted on this page as they are released.

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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)

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Film Maker: Br. George Van Grieken, FSC

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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.


 

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St. John Baptist De La Salle: Journey of a Man

This one-man show by Michael Cook, now-retired professor of drama at Saint Mary’s College of California, presents the life of St. John Baptist de La Salle in an  engaging, dramatic, and comprehensive fashion. No one has ever done such a depiction of this Patron Saint of Teachers, and Michael does justice to all of the story’s drama, nuances, and sets of characters involved.

The production was written by Michael, his wife Jeffra, and Dan Cauthon, along with a host of other collaborators. It is a project that came about as a project taken on while he was part of the Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies.

Actor: Michael Cook

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Length: 1 hour 

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100 Short Quotes by De La Salle

This is a set of 100 short quotations from St. John Baptist de La Salle, taken from various writings during his life, and arranged according to specific themes. It is a worthwhile resource for displays or for prayer or group reflection.

Author: St. John Baptist de La Salle, Patron of Teachers

Compilation: Nicholas Hutchinson, FSC

 

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A Lasallian Solidarity Advent Calendar

This Advent calendar shares examples from around the Lasallian world of Lasallian educational projects that serve those most in need, and they illustrate how the Lasallian charism is inspiring ministries that address needs from diverse cultural contexts. Each day of Advent has a “window” that gives a short description of the ministry, along with a PDF from the booklet “One Year in Mission Together” that was produced by the Lasallian Foundation in Rome (www.lasallefoundation.org). The entire PDF booklet may be downloaded HERE.

Author: De La Salle Onlus, Via Aurelia 476 00167 Roma, Italia.  foundation@lasalle.org

 

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The Letters of John Baptist De La Salle

This volume contains the letters that were written by. Although few in number, their contents provides a unique and personal insight into the relationship so of De La Salle and the first Brothers with whom he shaped the Institute. There are also some letters to individuals for whom he was a spiritual director..

The introduction and commentary by Colman Malloy, FSC, and Augustine Loes, FSC, gives the context for each of the letters and gives an overview of what they reveal about the writer of these letters.

(1988; 304 pp.)

Translated by Colman Malloy, FSC. Edited by Augustine Loes, FSC.

Volume 1 of Lasallian Sources: The Complete Works of John Baptist de La Salle

Publisher: Christian Brothers Conference – Lasallian Region of North America

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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.

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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.

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The Fratelli Project – Lebanon

The Solidarity and Development Secretariat at the Casa Generalizia in Rome has been involved in the Fratelli Project for some years, where the Marist Brothers and the De La Salle Christian Brothers have joined in Lebanon to accompany Syrian, Iraqi and Lebanese children who have difficulties to study due to the armed conflicts in their countries.

This is a recent video of their ongoing ministry. More information and links in the longer description below.

Length: 4:40 min.

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