Touching the Hearts of Students: Characteristics of Lasallian Schools

A compact biography of John Baptist de La Salle is combined with an overview of the characteristics of his educational spirituality in modern contexts.

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La Salle University Magazine (Special Issue)

This special issue from La Salle University, provided via PDF, is a fine compilation of articles and perspectives on Lasallian education and spirituality.

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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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SFNO District Facts

Overview of the SFNO schools, personnel, demographics, religious backgrounds, etc. of the students and the administrative structure.

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MEL 8/9 – “The Educator’s Life Journey”

A booklet from Rome providing twelve themes for the initial formation of Lasallian educators.

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John Baptist de La Salle: The Spirituality of Christian Education

A solid introduction to how De La Salle integrated the Christian vocation of education of the poor into a coherent spirituality, highlighting sections of his various works.

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AXIS Website

An online journal of Lasallian Higher Education sharing original scholarly and creative works about Lasallian Catholic Higher Education. AXIS is a free, open-access, electronic, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary periodical published twice per year. Lasallian bibliography links are in the description below.

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Digital Journal of Lasallian Research

An online journal sponsored by the center of the Institute in Rome and focusing on a variety of Lasallian topics. All papers are in PDF format.

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Circular 461 – Associated for the Lasallian Mission …an act of HOPE

This Circular is a foundational document on the key dimension of “association” and its central place in Lasallian life and mission.

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Study Guide for Circular 461

This is a reflections and discussion guide for reading Circular 461. Each section of the Circular is addressed with three questions that elicit the reader’s personal response, and a series of additional questions that examine specific points in the document. Designed for group use.

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The Lasallian Mission of Human and Christian Education: A Shared Mission

This 1997 document by Br. John Johnston, FSC, provides the foundational understanding of what it means to be part of a “Shared Mission” in Lasallian schools that are part of the Lasallian charism.

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The Twelve Virtues of a Good Teacher

This is a small booklet providing a classic reflection on 12 Virtues for a Good Teacher that St. John Baptist de La Salle listed in one of his texts. Brother Agathon’s exposition on each virtue has endures through the centuries and remains very relevant even today. Along with a printed booklet version, it is also available online at this link.

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The Formation of New Teachers

This booklet addresses the duties, qualities, and responsibilities of those involved in Lasallian formation. The insights and suggestions that it provides enable teachers to grow as ministers of grace within the Lasallian heritage.

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The Conduct of Christian Schools

This book has served for three centuries as the basis for administering the Brothers’ schools, and it is universally held to be a milestone in the field of primary education. The organizational structure will be appealing to most Lasallian administrators, and modern equivalents might readily be imagined.

 

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Lasallian Saints of Yesterday … and Tomorrow

This is an overview of all of the Lasallian Saints, Blesseds, and other who are being considered for canonization – as of 2013.

 

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MEL Publications

This collection of small format monographs published since 2001 by the MEL Secretariat in Rome addresses various topics connected with the Lasallian educational mission by a variety of authors. They are very much worth examining on an individual basis, especially those highlighted in the description below.

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Comic Book – “St. John Baptist de La Salle

A well done illustration-based overview of the life of St. John Baptist de La Salle. Very accessible and fun to look at.

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The Rules of Christian Decorum and Civility

A book written by John Baptist de La Salle as a reader for inner-city boys, showing the way that they should comport themselves and behave in polite society. This is a classic work on politeness, and fun to read.

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