If you have been around a Lasallian institution for a few years, then it is likely that you are already familiar with most of the acronyms, programs, and priorities of the Lasallian tradition of education. You should be able to recognize the resources that are provided for Newcomers, and you may now be interested in delving a little more deeply into Lasallian history, or pedagogy, or spirituality.

One way of revisiting the life of St. John Baptist de La Salle, the inspiration behind this educational movement -finding out his perspective on teachers, teaching, students, and schools – is to reach “Touching the Hearts of Students.” A larger, excellent biography is “The Work is Yours.” The recent Institute document on “Association” provides a wonderful introduction into the essentially collaborative nature of Lasallian ministry. And the Lasallian glossary will fill in the gaps about the meaning of esoteric Lasallian terms. The videos that you will appreciate include “I Am Lasallian” and the various Mission Videos that have been made, especially ones like “The De La Salle North Difference.” And, of course, there are the websites of the District and of the Region that are worth exploring more thoroughly, especially in terms of programs like the Buttimer Institute and Huether. For a more comprehensive list of resources, go to the RESOURCE CATALOGUE and check off the “5+ EDUCATORS” box in the search options.

You will already know that these things are best processed with others, whether through casual conversation, faculty retreats, or District workshops. The more you enter into the process of real learning (AKA “Formation”), the greater the opportunity to understand, engage in, and enjoy the Lasallian Catholic educational experience.

The De La Salle North Difference

This is a compelling talk at the San Miguel School in Portland, OR, by an alum who is passionate and articulate about the difference that school has made in his life.

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Saint John Baptist de La Salle: Patron Saint of Teachers

A remastered version of the 1968 movie, starring Mel Ferrer, that traces De La Salle’s vocation journey and the beginnings of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. While perhaps a bit dated, it remains popular with students and could be used beneficially with a number of audiences.

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Senior Courtney Ford’s Keynote Address

This is a compelling talk at De La Salle North Catholic, a San Miguel School in Portland, OR, by a senior who speaks about her experience at the school, and who exemplifies the kind of student and student experience that the school strives to serve.

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Characteristics - 1986
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.”

 

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IMAGE Declaration
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.

 

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Glossary-Style Sheet
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.

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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?”

 

 

 

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Declaration And 2015 RULE
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.

 

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Let Us Remember Book
Let Us Remember: Stories of the Holy Presence of God

This publication by the Lasallian Publications Committee of the Region of North America provides 52 stories from Lasallian school ministries, child and family youth service ministries, and retreat ministries. Each story focuses on how the “holy presence of God” has been experienced or seen through the eyes of personal witnesses.

An introduction gives an overview of how the holy presence of God has permeated the spirituality of St. John Baptist de La Salle.

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The Story of De La Salle

This children’s book, created by the ARLEP District (Spain & Portugal), tells the story of St. John Baptist de La Salle, using his own voice. The artwork and the text are designed for use with young children. It was produced for the 300th anniversary of De La Salle’s passing into eternal life and has been translated into English in order to reach a larger audience.

 

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PRINT RELAN Style Guide 2018
Lasallian Glossary, Acronym, & Style Guide – 2018 (RELAN)

A guide published by the Lasallian Region of North America that provides the standards for the use of specific terms, phrases, and spellings within the Lasallian educational network.

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Lasallian Communications Plan – 2018 (RELAN)

This 2018 communication plan published by the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN) provides an excellent overview of how, when, and where to tell the Lasallian story, along with guidelines and resources that enable others to do so.

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PRINT One Year In Mission Together
One Year In Mission Together

Produced for the tricentenary celebrations in 2019, this booklet highlights 52 ministries from across our Lasallian community and provides a brief explanation of their services, geographically maps their location. It’s a great resource for teachers, administrators, and all Lasallians.

Source: De La Salle International Solidarity Foundation (Rome)

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ACADEMICS 1998 Teaching Units For Lasallian School
Teaching Units for Lasallian Schools

These are complete Lasallian teaching units for high school students. Each level has a one-week set of all the resources needed to teach the classes. Created in 1998, they can be easily adapted and supplemented with videos and other more contemporary material. It’s a good place to start!

See the longer description below for a breakdown of the units.

Project Coordinator: Br. George Van Grieken, FSC
Editor: Greg Kopra
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PRINT Recent Institute Documents Service Of The Poor
Lasallian Educational Service of the Poor – Selections from Recent Institute Documents

These are selections from recent documents from the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools that are related to Lasallian educational service of the poor.

The original documents that are cited in this overview are listed below. Each listing below is also a direct link to a PDF version of the entire document.

Collected and compiled by Dr. Greg Kopra – Director, Formation for Mission (District of San Francisco New Orleans)
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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

For further credits see the RESOURCE DESCRIPTION tab below.

Length: 1 hour 

(The entire 3-hour production, it is available at THIS link.)

 

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The Chapel of Disclosure

This video celebrates a new way of experiencing transcendence in a secular context through the transformation of a church space at Centrum De La Salle in Groot-Bijgaarden, Belgium.

Based on the work of Br. Herman Lombaerts, FSC

Length: 5 min.

(There is also a French version at THIS link.)

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The Life of De La Salle (& Manhattan College)

This is a video in commemoration of the tercentenary celebration of the death of St. John Baptist de La Salle in 1719. His life story is told via sections from interviews with individuals at Manhattan College. Along with the story of De La Salle, many students relate why they appreciate Lasallian education, and what they are doing to continue that inspiration into the future. See the fuller description below.

Produced by Manhattan College – New York

Length: 12 min.

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Cahiers lasalliens – Lasallian Studies

This set of scholarly Lasallian resources focus on the person of St. John Baptist de La Salle, his writings, and the origins of the Institute of Brothers of the Christian Schools. All of them are the product of extensive research and scholarly deliberation. They are the primary texts for any serious historical or pedagogical consideration of Lasallian history, education, or spirituality.

The PDF copies made available on this page are OCR-enabled; i.e., they allow individuals to download and search for specific words or phrases. Most of the volumes are in French, but some have been translated into French and/or Spanish.

As more volumes are scanned and processed, they will be added to this page.

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Complete Works in FRENCH – John Baptist de La Salle

This collection of all of De La Salle’s writings is a treasure trove for those who would like to research, or simply read, the works of the Founder in his native tongue. Anything that De La Salle wrote is included in this volume. And the PDF is provided in OCR format – which means that you can search for a French word of phrase.It is also an accessible resource for students in French language studies who would like to read some of De La Salle’s writings, especially his letters, which are personal and written with simple language.

This compendium is based on the extensive research behind the production of the multi-volume set of Cahiers lasalliens series.

Publication Date: 1993

Publisher: Ètudes Lasalliennes, FEC, via Aurelia, 476, 0016, ROMA

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