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1The Lasallian Heritage An Orientation ForNew Teachers, Staff and Administratorsin Lasallian MinistriesThis presentation was created by Greg Kopra, Director of Formation for Mission in the District of San Francisco.Please insert slides of students, clients, staff, teachers, ministries, and so on from your own District as you adapt this presentation for your own purposes.This orientation takes a full three hours to complete. If it takes place in the morning, recommend continental breakfast to start at 8:30, orientation from 9:00 until 12:00 noon, lunch to followIntroduce selfWelcome everyone to the Orientation
2Goals Informational Reflective Informational The Founder Organization: Institute, Regions, DistrictsSome Characteristics of Our SchoolsTo become familiar with the terminology and cultural references used in the schools on a regular basis.ReflectiveConsider your work at this ministry as it relates to the mission of the broader InstituteI am inviting you to hear this information with the 2nd goal in mind: reflect on this information in light of the work you will do in the ministry.Seek to apply this information to your work. This is an ongoing challenge for you, since this information will take on new meaning for you as you gain experience over the next several months and years.
3Introductions Four Things About Yourself…. Your Responsibilities Your Previous OccupationWhat Attracted You to This Ministry?Any Previous Experience with the De La Salle Christian Brothers or Lasallian Ministries?This conversation is a very important one, though it may take some time if you have a large group of people.This allows people to get to know one another. This is important, as it is the beginning of building relationships with one another, and relationship-building is at the heart of Lasallian culture and heritage.This also allows individuals to reflect on their own journeys that brought them here. This is important as well, as they come to realize that God indeed works little by little, step by step, in guiding us through our lives.
4Opening & Closing Our Prayer “Let us remember….that we are in the holy presence of God.”Closing:Saint John Baptist de La Salle…Pray for us!Live, Jesus, in our hearts…Forever!Point out our common opening and closing prayer ritualsLet us remember that we are in the holy presence of God – sometimes used in place of the Sign of the Cross, sometimes used along with the Sign of the Cross – the point is to invite people to do what the words say: let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God. Why do we use this as our ritual opening prayer?Because we tend to forget that we are in God’s presence, especially when we find ourselves in challenging situations.Also, Lasallian spirituality is a sacramental spirituality – in other words, we recognize God present in the moment, in the encounter, in those entrusted to our care.Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us! We remember our Founder, canonized in 1900 and proclaimed Patron Saint of all Teachers of Youth in 1950.Live Jesus in our hearts forever! This prayer, which De La Salle learned in his seminary days, asks that we allow Jesus to come alive within us and allow Jesus to guide us in all we do.
5Agenda Common Terms Our Mission Our Founder Meet the Family Goals, or Essential Characteristics, of Lasallian MinistriesGo through this quickly…don’t belabor these points. Remember: we are going to get to all of this over the course of 3 hours.
6Common Terms St. John Baptist de La Salle De La Salle, or La Salle LasallianLasallian SchoolsSt. John Baptist de La Salle: FounderHighlight various spellingsLasallian Schools: formerly referred to as “Brothers’ Schools,” our schools are now commonly referred to as “Lasallian Schools” to indicate that this mission is shared between Brothers and “others”
7Common Terms Fratres Scholarum Christianarum (FSC) Brothers of the Christian SchoolsDe La Salle Christian BrothersLasallian Partners or ColleaguesFSC – Latin for “Brothers of the Christian Schools” - also stands for FAITH, SERVICE, COMMUNITY to Lasallian Youth throughout the United States.Brothers of the Christian Schools – literal translation of the Latin above. You will sometimes hear the entire organization of Brothers referred to as suchDe La Salle Christian Brothers – the Brothers of the Christian Schools are commonly referred to as “De La Salle Brothers” in many parts of the world. In the United States, we often hear “De La Salle Christian Brothers” when referring to the Brothers.Partners/Colleagues – titles used to describe all lay men and lay women who are not Brothers involved in this Institute. Not used lightly – the partnership between Brothers, lay men and women, priests, and other religious working with Brothers in Lasallian ministries is taken very seriously – we really do work “together and by association”
8Common Terms District Institute Superior General: Brother Álvaro Generalate, RomeGeneral ChapterInternational Mission AssemblyDistrictVisitorDistrict ChapterDistrict Mission CouncilDistrict Mission AssemblyInternational Institute: refers to all Lasallian works around the world – over 80 countries, nearly 900,000 students, 77,000 Partners/Colleagues, 6,000 Brothers. The headquarters of the International Institute (or just “Institute”) is in Rome.Superior General: the title of the Brother elected in Rome at each General Chapter (once every 7 years) to lead the Institute. Br. Alvaro was elected at the 44th General Chapter to a second term, which runs from 2007 to He works with a General Council of Brothers to oversee Lasallian works throughout the world. He lives in community with Brothers at the Generalate, or Motherhouse, in Rome. This is the international headquarters of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and of the global Lasallian Family.General Chapter –gathering of Brother representatives from every District in the world – takes place every 7 years – focuses on issues related to the international educational mission, to governance of the Institute (esp. global governance, electing Superior General, Vicar General, and General Council), and issues related to Brothers’ lifeInternational Assembly on Mission – first held in 2006 just prior to the 44th General Chapter – gathering of Brothers and lay Partners from throughout the world – specifically to address mission-related issues in the International Institute. The second international assembly took place in May 2013, prior to the 45th General Chapter, which will take place in Rome in 2014.District – the Institute is divided up into 6 geographic “Regions” – each Region is divided into “Districts” – sometimes referred to informally as “Provinces”Brother Visitor: the title of the Brother elected by his fellow Brothers in the District at each District Chapter (every three or four years, depending on the District) to lead the District. Works with a District Council of Brothers, along with others, including lay Partners, to govern the District. Br. Visitor is elected, in each District, for either a three-year term or a four-year term, renewable once (twice in some Districts). After that, he continues working in Lasallian ministry somewhere.District Chapter – held every three or four years, including representative Brothers from throughout the District; elects Brother Visitor and addresses issues related to the educational mission, Brothers’ life and identity, and governance.District Mission Council – referred to in some Districts as a Mission & Ministry Council, this group consists of both Brothers and Partners and advises the Visitor on matters related to Lasallian Mission in the District. These councils were created in response to legislation from the 2000 General Chapter.District Assembly on Mission – also held every 4 years just prior to the District Chapter; addresses issues related to the educational mission; includes representative Brothers and Partners from throughout the District
9Saint John Baptist de La Salle and the Gospels One Commitment Leads To AnotherNow, let’s take a few minutes to consider the Founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and Lasallian Education – Saint John Baptist de La Salle.First, we will consider his background – family, upbringing, etc.Second, we will consider the events that led him into devoting his life to education of the young, especially the children of the poor and working classes.
10Rheims, France - 1679 The Situation – The Need – Rampant Poverty Multi-GenerationalEducational opportunities for children of poor and working-class parents were few and inconsistent in 1679 Rheims –Families could not afford the 1-on-1 tutoring available at a price;Some charity schools existed – sponsored by parishes – but they were very inconsistent in their education – oftentimes it was quite inadequateA group of Sisters had recently opened a school for girls from poor and working class families – this was a start…but nothing of consistent quality was available to boys…Without education, these children grew up to remain in the same difficult situation their parents faced. Something had to be done to help them up and out of their difficulties…As De La Salle says in his Second Meditation for the Time of Retreat…Consider that it is a practice only too common for the working class and the poor to allow their children to live on their own, roaming all over like vagabonds as long as they are not able to put them to some work; these parents have no concern to send their children to school because their poverty does not allow them to pay teachers, or else, obliged to look for work outside their homes, they have to abandon their children to themselves.The results of this condition are regrettable, for these poor children, accustomed to lead an idle life for many years, have great difficulty adjusting when it comes time for them to go to work. In addition, through association with bad companions they learn to commit many sins which later on are very difficult to stop, because of the persistent bad habits they have contracted over such a long time.The Need –What can be done to break the cycle of economic and spiritual poverty?
11Meanwhile, on the other side of town… De La Salle and his family lived in what we might refer to as “Old Rheims,” bordered by the remains of a wall that once surrounded the entire city.In this part of town, De La Salle and his family lived with others of the same social class as themselves, and encounters with the poor were rare.
12John Baptist de La Salle 1679 Newly OrdainedPrivileged BackgroundA Person of Deep FaithCommitted to Doing God’s WillA Path for the Future?Whatever God Desires…Education Does Not Appear to Be in the Cards…Meanwhile, also in Rheims, was John Baptist de La Salle, a man with a plan that does not include creating a system of schools for children of poor and working-class parents….but a man who is deeply committed to doing what he perceives to be God’s will for his life…
13However… We all have experienced the “howevers”….. Other than his parents dying unexpectedly, De La Salle’s life had unfolded mostly according to plan up until his ordination. Even the untimely death of his parents, which required him to take a break from his seminary studies for a time to care for his younger siblings and put the family affairs in order, did not throw him off for long. He resumed his seminary studies in Rheims and was ordained at age 27. After ordination, however…His spiritual director (circled in the painting on the slide) died 18 days after De La Salle’s ordination, leaving him the care of a group of sisters in Rheims who ran a school for poor girls…While visiting these sisters at their convent, he met Adrien Nyel, who had come to visit the sisters to get help opening a school for poor boys. The sisters encouraged him to speak with De La Salle…After one school opened (in 1680), the demand grew for another school, so a second opened…Nyel soon left to open other schools in other towns. De La Salle was left to care for the schools, which were staffed by teachers who were not well-trained, well-mannered, or well-versed in their religious truths…De La Salle began working with these teachers, encouraging them to trust in God, that God would provide for them. They eventually challenged him, noting that, should the schools close, De La Salle would be OK (as a priest, a canon, and a person with quite a family inheritance) while they would find themselves on the streets…Ultimately, De La Salle gave away much of his wealth to purchase food for the local people in a famine, and he took vows with 12 teachers, forming the original “Brothers.” This commitment took place in 1694 – only 15 years after the first school opened.The point here is that his life unfolded in a way that he had not anticipated, leading him to his unique understanding of God’s providence in our lives – a faith perspective that has a serious impact on our work to this very day…However…
14One Commitment Leads to Another Assists Adrien NyelWorks With TeachersA Challenge: Trust in ProvidenceEstablishes a Teaching CommunityEach “circumstance” is really an opportunity – drawing De La Salle deeper and deeper into this commitment to establishing a system of schoolsUltimately, these events challenge De La Salle to rely on the providence of God to a degree that he never had before – he had always called others to trust in God’s goodness, but he had lived a fairly comfortable life up to this point. This evolving venture, however, was risky – uncertain – fledgling…It is in retrospect that De La Salle notices clearly in faith the hand of God in all this craziness – in the funny, unanticipated twists and turns his life has taken
15The Gentle Persistence of God I had not thought of doing this before, but not because others had not suggested that I do such work…It was, because of these two events, the encounter with Monsieur Nyel and the proposal made to me by this lady (Madame de Croyeres), that I began to take care of the school for boys. I had not thought of doing this before, but not because others had not suggested that I do such work. Several friends of Monsieur Roland had tried to inspire me in this direction, but the work had no appeal for me, and I did not feel inclined toward it.-- from The Memoire on the BeginningsThere’s something about timing. De La Salle was not ready to undertake this work when it was first proposed to him by Canon Roland, as his spiritual director, who tried to involve De La Salle with his work with a local group of women who were opening schools for poor girls in Rheims and were seeking recognition as a religious congregation of women.Initially, he “did not feel inclined toward it.”
16The Gentle Persistence of God And if I had ever thought… And if I had ever thought that the care I took of the school masters, simply out of charity, would impose on me the duty of living with them, I would have stopped doing this. For, naturally, I ranked lower than my valet those whom I was forced to employ in the schools, particularly in the beginning, and the very thought that it would be necessary to live with them would have been insupportable to me.-- from The Memoire on the BeginningsStrong words! De La Salle was a product of his upbringing. Such work was unthinkable to him early on…it was not on his vocational radar screen. He did not recognize the gift and passion within himself – at the time – for such work. It was only through the support and encouragement and invitation of others and a willingness to listen to God’s call through the events of his life that De La Salle ultimately came to embrace this work as, to use today’s language, his “vocation.”So, in De La Salle’s mind, this is why God did not present it all to him at once…but little by little…
17The Gentle Persistence of God God, who directs all things with wisdom and gentleness……one commitment led me into the next one without my having foreseen this in the beginning.….Apparently, then, it was for this reason that God, who directs all things with wisdom and gentleness, and who is not accustomed to force the wills of [persons], but who wanted to lead me to take complete direction of the schools, did this, in a very imperceptible manner, and over a period of time, so that one commitment led me into the next one without my having foreseen this in the beginning.-- from The Memoire on the BeginningsIt is in hindsight – in the rear view mirror – that De La Salle sees clearly the hand of God in things. This is why prayer is so absolutely important to De La Salle. It is in prayer that he (and we) is able to look back and see things clearly.
18One Commitment Leads to Another To help open a schoolTo assist teachersTo establish a community of educators – “Brothers”To dedicate his life “in association” with these BrothersTo provide an education to those who did not have access to a quality, Christian educationDe La Salle’s faith – a strong belief that God was calling him to this work – allowed him to seek new responses to the problems confronting the poor children who came to the schools for an education.He believed that God would not desire the salvation of these young people without giving people like De La Salle the wherewithal to accomplish it.De La Salle concludes the first point of his Second Meditation for the Time of Retreat with these words…God has had the goodness to remedy so great a misfortune by the establishment of the Christian Schools, where the teaching is offered free of charge and entirely for the glory of God, where the children are kept all day, learn to read, to write, and their religion, and are always kept busy, so that when their parents want them to go to work, they are prepared for employment.Thank God, who has the goodness to employ you to procure such an important advantage for children.
19Who are the Brothers? serve others through education live in community, praying together dailyconsecrate themselves to Godlive in the spirit and charism of a long, living traditionshare their mission in a global “Institute”
20Our Worldwide MissionThe purpose of this Institute is to provide a human and Christian education to the young, especially the poor, according to the ministry which the Church has entrusted to it.-- The Rule of the Brothers of the Christian SchoolsThe Lasallian educational mission is often articulated in these words, which come from the Brothers’ Rule – the guide for their ministry and community life – and OUR guide for our ministry as well.How many people have seen this statement before?What words or phrases stand out for you in this statement?
21Video Overview De La Salle – A Reflection Brother Gerard Rummery, FSC AustraliaGeneral Councillor for 14 yearsSignificant Contributor to Lasallian StudiesFocus Question:If you were sitting around a campfire with people who had never heard of John Baptist de La Salle, what would you tell them?This video is available in DVD format from Christian Brothers Conference. It is included on a disc with three other Lasallian formation videos.Use this video as a way of summarizing the information on De La Salle and our mission in general.This will also serve to draw the first part of the orientation to a close.Following the video, move to the next slide…
22Stop and Reflect I learned… I was surprised… I rediscovered… I’m beginning to wonder…I’m getting clearer about…I have a question about…Give people 1 minute to complete one of these sentences –Pair up with one person to share.Ask for responses in the large group.Take a break.
23The International Institute and the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN) Today A Quick Tour
24The International Institute 2013 78Count r i e s4605Br o t h e r s936,463 StudentsSource: Brothers of the Christian Schools. (2013). Memento. Rome, Italy: Author.88,054 Partners
25RELAN 2013102 ministries43 High Schools, of which three are “Cristo Rey” schools9 Middle/High Schools12 Middle Schools, of which 11 are “Miguel” schools7 Colleges / Universities2 Elementary Schools20 Educational Centers serving more than 30,000 people in3 Support Ministries6 District or Regional Offices70,000 students, grades K through higher education755 BrothersMore than 10,000 PartnersDistrict of Eastern North AmericaDistrict of San FranciscoMidwest DistrictNew Orleans/Santa Fe DistrictDistrict of Francophone CanadaSource: Cidade, M.A., Gaunt, T. P., & Gautier, M. L. (2012). Schools, educational centers, and support ministries: A report for the Brothers of the Christian Schools Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN), statistical report. Washington, DC: Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.
26The District of Eastern North America (DENA) 14 Secondary Schools6 Middle Schools5 Middle/High Schools1 Elementary School2 Colleges/Universities4 Educational Centers / Youth and Family ServicesSource: Cidade, M.A., Gaunt, T. P., & Gautier, M. L. (2012). Schools, educational centers, and support ministries: A report for the Brothers of the Christian Schools Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN), statistical report. Washington, DC: Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.
27Francophone Canada District 4 Educational Centers/Youth and Family ServicesSource: Cidade, M.A., Gaunt, T. P., & Gautier, M. L. (2012). Schools, educational centers, and support ministries: A report for the Brothers of the Christian Schools Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN), statistical report. Washington, DC: Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.
28The Midwest District 16 Secondary Schools 4 Middle Schools 1 Elementary School3 Universities4 Educational Centers/Youth and Family ServicesSource: Cidade, M.A., Gaunt, T. P., & Gautier, M. L. (2012). Schools, educational centers, and support ministries: A report for the Brothers of the Christian Schools Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN), statistical report. Washington, DC: Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.
29The New Orleans-Santa Fe District 6 Secondary Schools1 Middle SchoolSource: Cidade, M.A., Gaunt, T. P., & Gautier, M. L. (2012). Schools, educational centers, and support ministries: A report for the Brothers of the Christian Schools Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN), statistical report. Washington, DC: Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.
30The District of San Francisco 11 Secondary Schools1 Middle School1 College1 Shared Educational Ministry with the District of North MexicoSource: Cidade, M.A., Gaunt, T. P., & Gautier, M. L. (2012). Schools, educational centers, and support ministries: A report for the Brothers of the Christian Schools Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN), statistical report. Washington, DC: Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.
33Goals of Lasallian Ministries There are many different ways to summarize our mission as Lasallian ministries. It is important for us to keep our mission clearly in front of us so that it may guide our work and our decisions.I would like to spend a few minutes with you today sharing with you the “Goals of Lasallian Ministries” – these are fundamental characteristics that one should be able to identify at any Lasallian ministry – the particular way they are present may be different from ministry to ministry, but all five goals/characteristics should be present in one way or another.The question for you is this: In what ways will you address these goals in your work this year?-- next slide --
34Curriculum Co-Curricular Programs Campus Ministry Student Service AdmissionsHiringSchoolPoliciesDevelopmentParentBoard WorkGoals of LasallianMinistriesAs “Goals” or “Essential Characteristics of Lasallian Ministries,” these five are at the center of all we do in our ministries.Everything the ministry does should aim toward the strengthening of these characteristics.Our knowledge of and commitment to these characteristics form the spokes that connect our programs to these central outcomes. The stronger our knowledge and commitment, the stronger the connection.We hold these characteristics before us as a way of checking ourselves – monitoring ourselves – are we truly a Lasallian ministry?As I walk through these 5 characteristics with you, ask yourself: “Which one is mine to really attend to this year?”
35Goals of Lasallian Ministries A note: this constellation of Lasallian core values are also “interpreted” in light of our current reality and the founding story of Lasallian education – the story of John Baptist de La Salle and the founding of the Christian schools in France in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.Essential Characteristics for Lasallian Ministries
36Goals of Lasallian Ministries 2005: Regional Education Board (REB) commissions a group to revisit and bring up to date the 1986 “Characteristics of Lasallian Schools”Result: “Goals of Lasallian Ministries” document shared with the RegionA note attached to the full document reads:“A group from across the United States-Toronto Region gathered in 2004 at the request of the Regional Education Board (REB) to review the 1985 document Characteristics of Lasallian Schools and to pursue a revision of the document. The group completed its work in 2005 and presented it to the REB. The REB accepted the document but chose not to pursue the adoption of the document as the “definitive list” of Lasallian characteristics for all Lasallian ministries in the Region. Rather, it was accepted as another document to reference when a ministry or group of ministries or District is considering the question, ‘Who are we as a Lasallian ministry?’”
37Umbrella Mission Statement “The Lasallian ministries of RELAN respond to the needs of those entrusted to our care.”“While the nature of these ministries may vary across the Region and evolve in response to the signs of the times, they possess the following general goals”. . .
38We Instill Gospel Values Let us remember…Imago DeiCaring and Love for All PersonsWitness to the Example of Jesus and the Heritage of the ChurchPromote Personal and Communal Spiritual Growth and ReflectionConsult the document Goals of Lasallian Ministries, Regional Education Board Subcommittee (2005) for more information.
39We are Animated by and Foster a Spirit of Faith & Zeal Let us remember…Our “work” is a ministry and a vocationSee all things with the “eyes of faith”Compassion and Care, with special attention to those most in needThe Power of PrayerConsult the document Goals of Lasallian Ministries, Regional Education Board Subcommittee (2005) for more information.
40We Exercise a Preferential Option for Those Who Are Poor Fullness of Life for AllSpecial Consideration Given to Those in Greatest NeedConcern reaches beyond the local communityBoth Social Action and Social Change are valuesConsult the document Goals of Lasallian Ministries, Regional Education Board Subcommittee (2005) for more information.
41We Develop and Maintain Diverse Programs Meeting Recognized Standards of Excellence Holistic Education:Mind, Body, Spirit, HeartA challenging environmentFor each one “entrusted to our care”Professional Development & Spiritual FormationAccountability and Honest EvaluationConsult the document Goals of Lasallian Ministries, Regional Education Board Subcommittee (2005) for more information.
42We Create and Sustain Respectful Human Relationships in Community Goal: Everyone Finds a PlaceInclusion Instead of ExclusionParents, Students, Alumni, FriendsSpecial Concern for Those Most in NeedFocus on Quality RelationshipsCollegial, Collaborative Style of Decision-Making and GovernanceThe Transformative Power of ExampleInvolved with the Local and Larger ChurchUnited by a Common MissionConsult the document Goals of Lasallian Ministries, Regional Education Board Subcommittee (2005) for more information.
43Welcometo theLasallianFamily!This ends the orientation session.