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Preparing students to be teachers in the Lasallian tradition


Brother Visitor Frank Carr of the Midwest District giving LTIP students cooking lessons.

Participants in the Lasallian Teacher Immersion Program (LTIP) recently completed two weeks of observing and conducting apprentice-like activities in the elementary level at De La Salle–Blessed Sacrament in Memphis, Tennessee. The mornings were spent with a cooperating teacher followed by three hours of class in the afternoon on the campus of Christian Brothers University (CBU). While in Memphis, the young men lived in community with the Brothers at Christian Brothers High School.

Now on its second year, the LTIP is a collaborative effort among three Lasallian universities in the Midwest: CBU, Lewis University (Romeoville, Illinois) and Saint Mary’s University (Winona, Minnesota). The program is open to young men who want to become teachers in the tradition of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Brothers of the Christian Schools. While in college, participants in the program enroll in two for-credit immersion programs. These include four weeks of living among and serving the poor in the inner-city, and a five-week stay in Guatemala, Central America, where they will learn Spanish and experience the culture of the people. In addition, LTIP students are invited to participate in Lasallian formation programs. Brother Patrick Conway is Executive Director of LTIP. Presently, 10 students are participating in the program.