The Crisis of 1712-1714 for John Baptist de La Salle and his Society

Leo Burkhard, FSC, Ph.D.


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John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, departed from Paris during 1712 - 1714, a critical period in the early years of the Institute. The founder's motives for and activities during this time have been the subjects of significant study among scholars of Lasallian heritage. In this careful textual analysis, the author reviews how De La Salle's early biographers account for this period; traces lines of interpretation through the work of contemporary scholars; and presents additional texts which should be referenced in interpreting this period. In light of all these sources, the author makes the case that the only correct conclusion about the role of De La Salle in the Institute during the 1712 - 1714 period is that he remained present to the action of Providence in his life, to his charism, and to the Brothers then in various communities throughout France.


De La Salle; Lasallian heritage;

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