Leadership happens on many levels. Whether you serve as a president, principal, campus minister, animator, teacher, coach, club moderator, counselor or in any other role that touches the hearts of young people, you are a Lasallian leader.
In this issue of De La Salle Today, we feature a number of ways Lasallians lead and become leaders. We hear from leaders in ministries throughout our Region on what informs their approach to leadership, whose example they follow, how the young people they serve inspire them, and more.
Most of this issue focuses on forming leaders – from educators to students. You’ll see how educators implement what they’ve experienced in programs, like the Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies, the Brother John Johnston Institute of Contemporary Lasallian Practice and the Lasallian Leadership master’s program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
We also highlight an example of how the importance of and emphasis on formation has grown by tracing the roots of leadership programs in the District of San Francisco New Orleans. When it comes to cultivating leaders, Lasallian Volunteers (LV) offers a unique experience by inviting recent college graduates into communities and ministries for a year or more of service. For some volunteers, this experience is so powerful that they continue in the mission after their service concludes and grow into leaders. You’ll meet two former LVs living the Lasallian vocation as leaders today.
Lasallian ministries have a unique way of guiding students on the path of leadership. You’ll see this in the De La Salle Signum Fidei Institute at La Salle High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, and through the efforts of students at De La Salle “Oaklands” in Toronto, Ontario, to welcome Syrian refugees.
As we talk about leaders, we would be remiss if we did not celebrate the strong leadership of Brother James Gaffney, FSC, at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. Brother James retired over the summer after nearly three decades as president.
As you’ll be reminded throughout this issue, Lasallian leadership incorporates faith and values to lead in a way that meets students where they are. We hope this issue speaks to you and inspires you in your role as a Lasallian leader.
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