Luke Salm, FSC, S.T.D.


For the past several decades, the Lasallian concept of “association” has been discussed in relation to inclusion of lay and clerical partners. This brief history of the vow of association (a distinctive mark of the way the Brothers express their religious consecration) begins with a description of how association was practiced and understood before the vow (1691). The author then traces the original vow, its suppression and restoration, and concludes with recognition that by vow or other means, Lasallian association is always association for the mission of education in the service of the poor.


Lasallian association; De La Salle Christian Brothers;


Lasallian Association and the Vow

About the Author

Luke Salm, FSC, S.T.D.

Brother Luke Salm (1921-2009) was a professor of religious studies at Manhattan College for more than half a century. He was the first religious Brother and non-cleric to earn a doctorate in theology (S.T.D.) at The Catholic University of America (1955). He was an elected delegate of the District of New York to the 39th, 40th, 41st, and 42nd General Chapters of the Brothers of the Christian Schools; and he was a noted historian of the life of Saint John Baptist de La Salle.

ISSN: 2151-2515
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