This is a resource that includes elements related to Lasallian spirituality.

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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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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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)

(7.5 Minutes)

Film Maker: Br. George Van Grieken, 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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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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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.

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Recent Institute Documents

Below are four recent documents from the Casa Generalizia in Rome.

Each addresses a different aspect of our contemporary Lasallian world, and all of them are the result of many years of collaborative discussions and work.

They are provided here for ease of access.

You can also got directly to the PUBLICATIONS page of the international Lasallian website.

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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.

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Lasallian World Maps

Here are two maps of the worldwide Lasallian educational community. The statistics are from 2020.

The blue map simply shows the locations and statistics. The tan map includes hand-drawn images of Brothers involved in a variety of scenes in their ministries.

Either map may be downloaded as a PDF file, which allows you to print it in whatever size you wish. You are free to print and share it without any additional permissions.

To download, click on the map images below for the low-resolution PDF, or on the specific format that you would like from the options next to each map.

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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-based retreat to deepen one’s relationship with God and grow spiritually in one’s educational ministry. The book features Saint John Baptist de La Salle’s Meditations for the Time of Retreat coupled with Scripture passages to deepen the reflection of each meditation.

The hardback version is available HERE.

HERE is a short video introduction to the Meditations for the Time of Retreat.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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NOTE: Please see the notes below the prayer services about window and sound sharing.

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2021 International Lasallian COVID Study

2021 International Lasallian COVID Survey

These are the results of the 2021 International Lasallian COVID Study that was sent to all Lasallian institutions in 79 countries.

The report provides a global overview of the pandemic’s impact and of the responses it evoked in the areas of pedagogical management, institutional management, school management, and financial management.

Groups of scholars from Lasallian universities in various parts of the world analyzed the data and provided their conclusions, insights, and recommendations.

Below are PDF copies of the report. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO OPEN THE PDF. The survey instrument itself is HERE.

Video INTRODUCTION below (54 min.)

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The Traditional Wreath
Advent Reflection Videos

These short Advent reflections are centered around the week’s Gospel, De La Salle’s meditations, and a contemporary application of their intent. They may be used for personal reflection, group conversation, or the like. (6.5 – 7.5 minutes long each)

Here are direct links to the individual video reflections and to a PDF with the readings:

Advent- First Sunday Video

 

1st Sunday PDF Packet

 

 

 

 

2nd Sunday PDF Packet

 

 

 

 

3rd Sunday PDF Packet

 

 

 

 

4th Sunday PDF Packet

 

 

 

 

Christmas PDF Packet

 

 

 

 

 

Epiphany PDF Packet

 

 

 

 

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