Encountering Lasallian Spirituality:
A Workshop and Retreat
February 11-14, 2024 | Bethany Center, Lutz, Florida
“A spirituality integrates sets of human experience that bring meaning to our existence, because ‘everything is connected’, opening up different forms of relationship with transcendence.”Laudato Si (May 24, 2015): Pope Francis
Saint John Baptist de La Salle encouraged his Brothers to take intentional time away from the ministry of teaching to reflect and renew. The Founder himself practiced this intentionally by withdrawing from his duties and responsibilities to re-center his spiritual core and deepen his connection with God. From Vaugirard and Parmenie to retreats taken by contemporary Lasallian groups, history holds numerous examples of times when Brothers and Lasallian Partners have followed the example of the Founder, stepping away as an avenue of diving into the pool of spiritual renewal. Encountering Lasallian Spirituality: A Workshop and Retreat is the result of Regional formation experiences emphasizing the importance of Lasallian pedagogical leadership, association for mission and social justice immersion. Through this unique, vibrant legacy a desire for deeper spiritual formation has grown.
Taking place February 11-14, this retreat-style formation experience will offer dynamic sessions on the tradition of spirituality, personal spirituality and themes of Lasallian spirituality, alongside reflection time, communal prayer and liturgical experiences. Participants will return to their local contexts renewed in faith and grounded spiritually, inspired to more fully integrate their spirituality into ministry and community.
“In the light of faith you see things quite differently.”Saint John Baptist de La Salle (Letter 118 – to a laywoman, date unknown)
Brother Armand Alcazar, FSC, Consultant and Facilitator, Christian Brothers of the Midwest, Burr Ridge, Illinois
Lori Dressel, AFSC, Spiritual Director and Coach, Chicago, Illinois
Christine Estes, Religion Teacher and Campus Minister, La Salle Academy, Providence, Rhode Island
Dr. Mary Catherine Fox, AFSC, Professor Emerita, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona, Minnesota
Brother Dennis Galvin, FSC, Spiritual Director and Facilitator, Christian Brothers of the Midwest, Burr Ridge, Illinois
Brother William Mann, FSC, President Emeritus, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona, Minnesota
Brother Michael Phipps, FSC, Spirituality Project Manager, Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN), Washington, DC
Brother Robert Schieler, FSC, Former Superior General, Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools
Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC, Ms. Diahann Larson, AFSC, Brother Dylan Perry, FSC, Brother Michael Phipps, FSC, Dr. Kurt Schackmuth, Brother George Van Grieken, FSC
Contact Brother Michael Phipps, FSC, spirituality project manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.