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Lasallian Association began in the 17th century with the commitment made by De La Salle and the first Brothers as they discerned their response to the educational needs of poor children.  The willingness to respond continues to be the foundation or our own journey into Association.  This movement is transformative. We, a diverse community, engage one another as we make practical our desire to facilitate the salvation of the young, especially the poor.  Together we enter a ministry that manifests our lived responsibility toward God, the Church and those entrusted to our care.  The result is a new identity shaped by the Lasallian charism.  Let us journey together.

De La Salle and the first twelve  teachers commit themselves to the Christian education of the poor. Since De La Salle's death in 1719, we continue in his spirit.

The first attempt to establish Lasallian education in the Mississippi Valley occurred in 1819 at St. Genevieve, Missouri. This establishment lasted only 3 years.

On August 28, 1849 three Brothers arrived in St. Louis and on September 11, 1849 they began teaching class in the residence just west of the old Cathedral.

The 39th General Chapter, fulfilling the mandate of Vatican I I which asked religious orders to renew themselves.

Lasallian formation online began.

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The purpose of this module is to provide everyone, whether new to a Lasallian ministry or a veteran, with the same fundamental overview of De La Salle’s life and mission. This module also introduces the skills necessary to participate in an online course of study.

Vision

Recognizing the needs in 16th century Reims, he possessed a clear vision of salvation and set out to accomplish a task he saw as God’s work embodied in both Faith and Zeal  (2020-2021)

Structures

From Rome to our ministries, the structure of our Institute.

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The course of a life is rarely predictable.  Exploring the life of one man, John Baptist de La Salle might give us an interesting insight into our own experience of finding purpose in life, observing the critical needs that society presents, attempting to find our way in a world full of contradictions, building a community of support, confronting significant obstacles, and trusting that what we have accomplished will have impact beyond our own lifetime.  (This module is the starting point for everyone.)

De La Salle’s relationship with his parents and grandmother laid the cornerstone of an edifice that became a lifelong journey of faith.  The death of his parents changed the course of his life.  The relationships he had with trusted advisors and friends like Fathers Barre and Roland, Madame Maillefer and the Sisters of the Child Jesus, and then Adrien Nyel, thrust him in directions he never could have envisioned.  (2018-2019)

 

Born in the small city of Reims, De La Salle’s life was changed because he walked.  He walked to the school, College des Bons-Enfants, and the cathedral where he became canon.  As he walked, he became acutely aware of the young boys who roamed the streets without supervision.  Street kids and trouble waiting to happen--  street urchins far from salvation.  (2019-2020)

 

Not able to accomplish his vision alone, he sought out others to help in his mission allowing the Spirit to transform and alter his intent.  (2021-2022)

Amid the opening and running of schools there were failures surfacing in closures and lawsuits.   De La Salle felt abandoned at times by his brothers and perhaps wondering if his call and vision were his alone rather than God’s work.  (2022-2023)

The vision of De La Salle, as we commemorate the 300th anniversary of his death, continues today together and by association with Lasallians throughout the world.   Recognizing the signs of the times in educating those, especially the poor throughout the world.  (2023-2024)

Where you can find more of EVERYTHING Lasallian.

De La Salle reflected that God lead him in an imperceptible way and over a long period of time, so that one commitment led to another in a way that he did not foresee in the beginning. Our itinerary for this journey is a bit more planned.

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Secondary Schools

 

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Illinois
Brother David Darst Center

Catalyst Circle Rock

Catalyst Maria
Christian Brothers Investment Services
Christian Brothers Services
De La Salle Institute

Instituto Fe y Vida
La Salle Manor Retreat Center
Lewis University
Montini Catholic High School
Saint Patrick High School
San Miguel School

St. Joseph High School

 

Minnesota
Benilde-St. Margaret's School

Cretin-Derham Hall

DeLaSalle High School

Dunrovin Retreat Center

Holy Family Catholic High School

Saint Mary's University

Saint Mary's Press

Totino-Grace High School

 

Missouri
Christian Brothers College High School

La Salle Institute Retreat Center

 

Tennessee

Christian Brothers High School

Christian Brothers University

De La Salle Elementary

 

Oklahoma

Bishop Kelley High School

San Miguel Middle School

 

Montana

De La Salle Blackfeet School

 

Ohio

La Salle High School

 




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Lasallian Companions

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The 2006 International Assembly reflected: “The experience we have lived is like the Pentecost of the first Christian community. We feel compelled to proclaim the Reign of God by means of the Lasallian educational mission. We feel compelled to be lights in the hearts of the young people whom we serve and lights to the world. We feel compelled to educate and form young people in human and Christian values.” Guided by the Spirit, the participants made a proposal of the “first order for all Lasallians,” namely, initial and ongoing formation and accompaniment.

 

Those who share the Lasallian mission, albeit in different ways, are always invited into a common formation process that helps them to discover the deeper meaning of our life and our vocation. Each of the vocational pathways requires a specific guide for formation while sharing common principles.

 

Today we can affirm that “... the desire of many colleagues in Lasallian ministries to participate in the charism of the Institute is one of the most significant trends in recent times. This longing for charismatic communion and sharing is fostering a dynamic movement in the Institute” (Circular 461, 3.11). This dynamic finds expression in the association for mission that requires new and unified approaches to formation.

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Burr Ridge, IL   60527

630-323-3725

formation@cbmidwest.org

Brother Larry Schatz is in his second four-year term as Visitor of the Midwest District. The appointment followed balloting by the Brothers of the District to nominate a Brother for the position.

 

Brother Larry’s appointment The new appointment began on July 1, 2015 and will end on June 30, 2019.

Br. Larry Schatz
Visitor

Dr. Scott Kier joined the Christian Brothers of the Midwest in June 2013 as Superintendent of Lasallian Education. Reporting to the Brother Visitor, he is responsible for the oversight of all the ministries in the district, which includes three universities, fifteen high schools, five middle schools, three retreat centers and a publishing house.

Dr. Scott Kier
Superintentent of Education

Brother Michael Fehrenbach has worked on Lasallian Formation with faculties within the District and internationally.  Currently, he travels the district offering the program Parmenie on Wheels and the St. Yon's retreat, a Lasallian version of the popular Busy Person's Retreat. Presents at John Johnston Institute.

Br. Michael Fehrenbach
Online Formation Team

Brother Dennis Galvin has long worked in the Retreat Ministry and Spiritual Direction.

 

Brother Dennis is involved in the Parmenie on Wheels program, offers direction to St. Yon's retreatants and supports Lasallian Animators in their ministry. Presents at John Johnston Institute.

 

Br. Dennis Galvin
Online Formation Team

Brother Chuck Gregor has pursued ministry for over forty years in the Midwest District and Africa. Currently he works as an Educational Technology Specialist at Lewis University. A graduate of the Lasallian Leadership Institute and the Course for New Formators (Rome, 1996-97) and Lasallian Animator in several ministries, he designed and maintains the Formation Online website.

Br. Chuck Gregor
Online Formation Team

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