The Lasallian Catechetical Heritage in the United States Today

Gerard Rummery, FSC, Ph.D.


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The Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools originated in seventeenth-century France to provide a human and Christian education for the children of artisans and the poor. This article describes several influences on the Lasallian educator's catechetical role, from the mid-ninteenth through early twentieth centuries, in the United States. The significance of early texts and instructional methods; sociocultural factors; and dynamics within the Roman Catholic Church are described. The article describes the emergence of formation programs for Lasallian lay partners as a development necessary to implementation of the Lasallian educational mission in the context of a culture characterized in the early twenty-first century by deepening religious pluralism. In conclusion, the author identifies the potential of the Christian Catholic vision inherent to Lasallian ministries as a resource around which staff, teachers and students can encounter enduring questions about the meaning of life.


American Catholic Education; Lasallian Pedagogy;

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