Michel Sauvage, FSC, S.T.D. (1923 – 2001)


In this essay, recognized Lasallian scholar Brother Michel Sauvage examines the origins of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools with specific attention to the lay character of the institute. The author briefly summarizes how the lay nature of the institute was initially discerned as a essential trait of the Brothers’ community, and later as a means by which teachers, students, and their families might experience authentic, equitable community within the hierarchical Catholic Church seventeenth-century France. The essay’s appeal to Lasallians of the 1990s remains relevant to contemporary readers, as it encourages constant awareness of and openness to the movement of the Holy Spirit in the diversity of persons associated for the Lasallian Educational Mission.


De La Salle; Christian Brothers;


Perspectives of Re-Foundation

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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