Michel Sauvage, FSC, Miguel Campos, FSC


Francois-Elie Maillefer produced one of three definitive biographies of his uncle, John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. The Maillefer biography is often characterized as the most accessible – a thorough yet concisely written account of De La Salle’s experiences and spiritual teachings. In this essay two renowned Lasallian scholars offer readers of all three biographies a critical lens through which to understand Maillefer’s involvement in De La Salle’s story; his purpose in situating his account among the De La Salle biographies; and an understanding of his sources. Equipped with this refined lens, one is invited to encounter all of the De La Salle biographies and through them, to more fully comprehend the necessity of synthesizing complementary views of the contemporary Lasallian educational mission and our respective roles within it.


Lasallian spirituality; De La Salle;


Reading Maillefer Today

About the Authors

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.

Rabenalisoa Ravalitera, Jean
Raharilalao, Hilaire

Jean Rabenalisoa Ravalitera, who is a lecturer-researcher at the University of Antananarivo, is a full member of the Malagasy Academy. He received his doctor of humane letters degree from Université d’Antananarivo in Madagascar.

Brother Hilaire Raharilalao, who is the vice-postulator of the cause of Brother Raphaël-Louis Rafiringa, is a full member of the Malagasy Academy. He received his doctor of biblical theology degree from Université de l’Afrique de l’Ouest in the Ivory Coast.

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