Michel Sauvage, FSC, S.T.D.


This article narrates the emergence of what Lasallian scholars now understand as “association”, through the stages of planning for the first Brothers’ community, and a number of critical events during the founding years of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Careful attention is paid to how the founder, John Baptist de La Salle, and the early brothers experienced the transformative commitment to provide a human and Christian education by operating gratuitous schools. Originally presented by the scholar author to administrators of Lasallian institutions in France during a meeting of Association La Salle in November 1998, the text serves as an important resource for interrogating and authenticating current conversations about Lasallian association.


Lasallian association; De La Salle;


For a Better Understanding of Lasallian Association

About the Author

Michel Sauvage, FSC, S.T.D.

Brother Michel Sauvage, FSC (1923-2001) did his doctoral thesis in Lille (Catéchèse et Laïcat, 1963), was a professor at the Lateran Pontifical University in Rome (Jesus Magister Institute), and was theologian for his brother (Bishop Jean Sauvage) at the Second Vatican Council. From 1966 to 1976, he was Assistant Superior General for Formation of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. In addition, he served as the second director of the office of Lasallian Studies in the Generalate in Rome.

ISSN: 2151-2515
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