Spirituality in the Time of John Baptist de La Salle

This is a series of eight essays by various Lasallian scholars that describe the context within which St. John Baptist de La Salle lived, wrote, and founded the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.

Editor: Br. Robert C. Berger, FSC

Published: Christian Brothers Conference – 1999

 

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Lasalliana BINDER

This is a PDF “Binder” of the ALL the published Lasalliana articles.

It is an OCR PDF format and therefore may be searched for specific words and phrases.

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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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Must-Have Digital Lasallian Resources

The resources listed below are  mostly available online and are indispensable in the work of creating and facilitating Lasallian mission formation programs at a Lasallian schools or institution.  Unless otherwise noted, all of these resources are available through this Lasallian Resource Center website.

The resources list was compiled by Dr. Greg Kopra for the “Local Formators Gathering” of the SFNO District in April 2019.

 

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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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To Touch Hearts: The Pedagogical Spirituality of St. John Baptist de La Salle

This book draws from two essential Lasallian works – The Conduct of Schools and the Meditations of John Baptist de La Salle – and develops characteristics of the pedagogical spirituality that they represent. The educational charism started in Reims in 1680 by De La Salle and his Brothers reaches around the globe today, touching educators of every kind. The book provides a deeper examination of what lies behind that popularity and ongoing relevance.

Author: George Van Grieken, FSC

Publisher: Christian Brothers Conference

Paperback (403 Pages)

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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.

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Beginnings: De La Salle and His Brothers

This little book was first published in 1980, and it has been out of print for many years. Yet it deserves much wider circulation, because it contains foundational context essays about St. John Baptist de La Salle. All were written by preeminent Lasallian scholars of the time.

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John Baptist de La Salle and Special Education

This book was first published in 1988 but has been out of print for many years. It is a study of the Lasallian educational enterprises that were established by St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Brothers of the Christian Schools at St. Yon in Rouen, France. It was here that one of the first secondary school curriculums was developed, along with a facility for court-adjudicated youth (and even adults).

The book provides many early principles, guidelines, and practices associated with educating unique and special students according to the same methologies and priorities that had already been effectively implemented at the elementary school level throughout France.

The book will be especially of interest to Youth and Family Service agencies, counselors, and others who work with youth with special needs.

Author: Othmar Würth

Publisher: Christian Brothers Conference

Paperback (137 Pages)

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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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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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Prayer for the Coronavirus Outbreak

This is a prayer to address concerns around the worldwide coronavirus outbreak.

It was written by Kerry Weber from America Magazine.

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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:

SMALL FILE – 8 MB
MEDIUM FILE – 60 MB
LARGE FILE – 288 MB

Physical copies are available upon request from Katie Batt (kbatt@dlsi.org).

Publisher: District of San Francisco New Orleans

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Lasallian Panorama: The History of the Brothers of the Christian Schools: 1651 – 1810

This book makes available Volume 1 and Volume 2 of a planned five-volume condensed summary of the history of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. This book covers the history of the Institute from1651, when St. John Baptist de La Salle was born, through the initial years and the subsequent century, and ending at about 1810. As such, it gives a brief overview of the first 130 years of the existence of the Institute.

Length: 355 Pages

Editor: Br. Hubert Gerard, FSC (Edward Schmitz)

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