Interest in Lasallian scholarship has grown more widely over the last fifty years, as both scholars and ordinary Lasallian educators have developed an appetite for pursuing questions related to Lasallian history, pedagogy, and spirituality. Both the Buttimer Institute and the Lasallian Research Symposium have encouraged this greater interest.
Ever since the General Chapter of 1956, the Institute has made a concerted effort in develop greater scholarship in Lasallian studies. Today the translations of De La Salle's major works - such as The Conduct, The Meditations, and The Letters - have led to studies such as Lasallian Themes, the Cahiers Lasalliens, and Henri Bedel's History of the Institute. On the higher education level, there are now programs in Lasallian Studies amazing digital research journals such as AXIS and the digital journal at the Motherhouse in Rome.
Opportunities abound for those seeking to pursue general or arcane Lasallian study areas. For those starting out, it's best to simply begin reading available resources such as the MEL bulletins, "Spirituality in the Time of John Baptist de La Salle" and "So Favored by Grace." Attendance at either the Buttimer Institute and/or the annual Lasallian Research Symposium will allow collaboration with like-minded Lasallians and the inevitable benefits that result in one's exposure to, and appreciation of, the larger world of Lasallian scholarship.
Lasallian SCHOLARS – Top Items
Spirituality in the Time of John Baptist de La Salle
This is a book of eight essays by internationally renowned Lasallian scholars. It provides an in-depth survey of all aspects of the French School of spirituality, which in turn influenced De La Salle, his Institute, and its subsequent development.
Lasallian Themes – VOLUME 2
This set of three volumes covers a wide variety of terms, themes, and topics found in the writings of John Baptist de La Salle and his spirituality. Each of the terms, themes, or topics is covered extensively, with solid references to De La Salle’s own writings across his entire corpus or written works. They were published between 1992 and 1997 and consist of 99 articles.
The 33 themes in this VOLUME 2 are arranged alphabetically, starting with the theme of “BROTHER’S DRESS” and ending with the theme of “WORLD AND RELATIONS WITH THE WORLD.”
LINKS to the individual articles for VOLUME 2 may be found below.
Date of Publication: 1995
Publisher: BROTHERS OF THE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS 476, Via Aurelia – CP 9099 Aurelio – 00165 Roma Italy
The printed volumes are available from Mr. Abraham Tesfai at the Generalate in Rome (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
Saint Mary’s College of California – Sharing the Mission VIDEOS
These interviews with 15 “Professors of the Year” (1992 – 2005) at Saint Mary’s College of California center around the descriptors that came from the college’s “New Century Committee” document, in which the college was described as a “Premier, Catholic, Lasallian, Liberal Arts Learning Community.”
Along with the short films on each topic – Liberal Arts, Catholic, Lasallian, Students, The Professor, Sharing the Mission – there is the longer compilation of all the interviews in a single 55-minute video (the last in the series below).
Year of Creation: 2005
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.
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.
Meditations of John Baptist De La Salle
The collection of 208 meditations by St. John Baptist de La Salle, each in three parts, that cover a wide range of topics, saints, feast days, and matters directly related to the education of youth. It’s focus is on the person of the teacher and the spiritual dimensions of an educator’s vocation. It is an inspiring guidepost to anyone in the ministry of education. Some of the sentiments in 17th century theology. But much of this book may be applied to one’s own journey as a Lasallian administrator and the demands that the responsibility makes.
You can BUY THE BOOK HERE.
For a short introduction video to the Meditations for the Time of Retreat, go to THIS page or see the tab below.
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.
The “Show the VIDEO” tab below lets you run the video from here.