Years of Yearning
Years of Yearning is Brother Mel’s memoir of the Saint Mary’s he found (1969 – 1997) and the jumbled, tangled tapestry that took many years to unravel and reweave, a section at a time. His philosophical vision had to adapt to a new academic world without sacrificing the liberal arts and Catholic principles he believed were crucial to the future. The New Century Committee then wrote the courageous language of the College Mission Statement, the continuing standard bearer of the College’s educational philosophy today.
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.”
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.
Let Us Remember – SATB Setting 2 (Copy)
This is a SATB setting of the phrase “Let us remember that we are in Holy Presence of God.” It is based on a simple melody that became the basis of a choral setting, one that went through two iterations by two different composers. As such, it is a collaborative Lasallian effort.
It may be used to begin prayer services at schools, school events, choral concerts, or other settings where a short, reflective choral piece would be an asset.
Composers: Br. George Van Grieken, FSC; Otto Wild: Br. Martin Yribarren, FSC
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?”
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.
Brother Scubilion: Apostle of Freedom and Reconciliation
This book is about the Brother Scubilion (Jean-Bernard) Rousseau, FSC, who dedicated 34 years of his life to the native enslaved people on the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean. After the emancipation of the slaves in 1848, he continued to care for them and to help them adapt to their new life of freedom and responsibility.
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.
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.
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
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)
Let Us Remember – Octavo for Choir
This is a setting of a popular invocation of the Lasallian prayer: “Let us remember that we are in the Holy Presence of God.” The setting is arranged for four voices (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) and simple to learn. Nevertheless, the harmonies are rich and complex. It is a great piece for choirs in Lasallian schools to us at their liturgies, prayer services, or as a prayer for Lasallian events.
HERE or below is a link to the page that includes the print Octavo, the PDF Octavo, and a recording sample.
Arrangers: Otto Wild & Br. Martin Yribarren, FSC
Composer of original tune: Br. George Van Grieken, FSC
Catechesis and the Laity
Catechesis and the Laity: The Participation of the Laity in the Ministry of the Word and the Mission of the Teaching Brother in the Church
This is the translation in 358 pages of sections four and five of an important work published in France in 1962. The footnote references to the Meditations of De La Salle are particularly invaluable.
Author: Michel Sauvage, FSC. (1923 – 2001)
Translation by: Oswald Murdoch, FSC.
PDF of the original work is HERE.
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
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
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.
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
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.