The Lasallian Heritage An Orientation For New Teachers, Staff and Administrators in Lasallian Ministries 2013-2014 1 Goals Informational Reflective 2 Introductions Four Things About Yourself…. 1. 2. 3. 4. Your Responsibilities Your Previous Occupation What Attracted You to This Ministry? Any Previous Experience with the De La Salle Christian Brothers or Lasallian Ministries? 3 Opening & Closing Our Prayer Opening: “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! 4 Agenda Common Terms Our Mission Our Founder Meet the Family Goals, or Essential Characteristics, of Lasallian Ministries 5 Common Terms St. John Baptist de La Salle De La Salle, or La Salle Lasallian Lasallian Schools 6 Common Terms Fratres Scholarum Christianarum (FSC) Brothers of the Christian Schools De La Salle Christian Brothers Lasallian Partners or Colleagues 7 Common Terms Institute Superior General: Brother Álvaro Generalate, Rome General Chapter International Mission Assembly District Visitor District Chapter District Mission Council District Mission Assembly 8 Saint John Baptist de La Salle and the Gospels One Commitment Leads To Another 9 Rheims, France - 1679 The Situation – Rampant Poverty Multi-Generational The Need – What can be done to break the cycle of economic and spiritual poverty? 10 Meanwhile, on the other side of town… 11 John Baptist de La Salle 1679 Newly Ordained Privileged Background A Person of Deep Faith Committed to Doing God’s Will A Path for the Future? Whatever God Desires… Education Does Not Appear to Be in the Cards… 12 However… 13 One Commitment Leads to Another Assists Adrien Nyel Works With Teachers A Challenge: Trust in Providence Establishes a Teaching Community 14 The Gentle Persistence of God I had not thought of doing this before, but not because others had not suggested that I do such work… 15 The Gentle Persistence of God And if I had ever thought… 16 The 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. 17 One Commitment Leads to Another To help open a school To assist teachers To establish a community of educators – “Brothers” To dedicate his life “in association” with these Brothers To provide an education to those who did not have access to a quality, Christian education 18 Who are the Brothers? serve others through education live in community, praying together daily consecrate themselves to God live in the spirit and charism of a long, living tradition share their mission in a global “Institute” 19 Our Worldwide Mission The 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. 20 -- The Rule of the Brothers of the Christian Schools Video Overview De La Salle – A Reflection Brother Gerard Rummery, FSC Australia General Councillor for 14 years Significant Contributor to Lasallian Studies Focus 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? 21 Stop and Reflect I learned… I was surprised… I rediscovered… I’m beginning to wonder… I’m getting clearer about… I have a question about… 22 The International Institute and the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN) Today A Quick Tour 23 The International Institute 2013 www.lasalle.org 7 8 C o u n t r i e s 4 6 0 5 88,054 Partners B r o t h e r s 24 RELAN 2013 ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ 102 ministries 43 High Schools, of which three are “Cristo Rey” schools 9 Middle/High Schools 12 Middle Schools, of which 11 are “Miguel” schools 7 Colleges / Universities 2 Elementary Schools 20 Educational Centers serving more than 30,000 people in 2012-2013 3 Support Ministries 6 District or Regional Offices 70,000 students, grades K through higher education 755 Brothers More than 10,000 Partners District of San Francisco District of Eastern North America Midwest District New Orleans/Santa Fe District District of Francophone Canada The District of Eastern North America (DENA) • • • • • • 14 Secondary Schools 6 Middle Schools 5 Middle/High Schools 1 Elementary School 2 Colleges/Universities 4 Educational Centers / Youth and Family Services 26 Francophone Canada District • 4 Educational Centers/Youth and Family Services 27 The Midwest District • 16 Secondary Schools • 4 Middle Schools • 1 Elementary School • 3 Universities • 4 Educational Centers/Youth and Family Services 28 The New Orleans-Santa Fe District • 6 Secondary Schools • 1 Middle School 29 The District of San Francisco • • • • 11 Secondary Schools 1 Middle School 1 College 1 Shared Educational Ministry with the District of North Mexico 30 And – Coming Soon to a Region Near You . . . 31 Lasallian Colleges and Universities 2013 • RELAL – 35 • RELAF – 1 • PARC – 13 • RELAN – 7 • RELEM - 9 32 Goals of Lasallian Ministries 33 Board Work Parent Programs Curriculum Co-Curricular Programs Development Goals of Lasallian Ministries Campus Ministry School Policies Student Service Programs Hiring Admissions 34 Goals of Lasallian Ministries Essential Characteristics for Lasallian Ministries Goals 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 Region Umbrella 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”. . . 1. We Instill Gospel Values Let us remember… Imago Dei Caring and Love for All Persons Witness to the Example of Jesus and the Heritage of the Church Promote Personal and Communal Spiritual Growth and Reflection 2. We are Animated by and Foster a Spirit of Faith & Zeal Let us remember… Our “work” is a ministry and a vocation See all things with the “eyes of faith” Compassion and Care, with special attention to those most in need The Power of Prayer 3. We Exercise a Preferential Option for Those Who Are Poor Fullness of Life for All Special Consideration Given to Those in Greatest Need Concern reaches beyond the local community Both Social Action and Social Change are values 4. We Develop and Maintain Diverse Programs Meeting Recognized Standards of Excellence Holistic Education: Mind, Body, Spirit, Heart A challenging environment For each one “entrusted to our care” Professional Development & Spiritual Formation Accountability and Honest Evaluation 5. We Create and Sustain Respectful Human Relationships in Community Goal: Everyone Finds a Place Inclusion Instead of Exclusion Parents, Students, Alumni, Friends Special Concern for Those Most in Need Focus on Quality Relationships Collegial, Collaborative Style of Decision-Making and Governance The Transformative Power of Example Involved with the Local and Larger Church United by a Common Mission Welcome to the Lasallian Family!