Luke Salm, FSC, S.T.D. (1921 – 2009)
Brother Luke delivered this invited paper at the April 7, 1988 symposium honoring the 125th anniversary of the founding of Saint Mary’s College, Moraga, CA, USA. As Lasallian higher education ministries responded to a newly explicit invitation to associate for mission, to pursue a new vision of the Lasallian mission shared by Brothers and laypersons, Brother Luke’s words characteristically wove together the stories of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, of the Biblical Jeremiah in youth and in maturity, and of 20th century Western liberal arts education. He calls the movement of that decade a “movement to establish a new covenant between the Lasallian tradition and the liberal arts.” He puts to Lasallian higher education a compelling challenge: to discover how practical curricula and standardized pedagogy can and should maintain focus upon “the fundamental human and religious values that make life worth living.”
About the Author
Luke Salm, FSC, S.T.D.
Brother Luke Salm (1921-2009) was a professor of religious studies at Manhattan College for more than half a century. He was the first religious Brother and non-cleric to earn a doctorate in theology (S.T.D.) at The Catholic University of America (1955). He was an elected delegate of the District of New York to the 39th, 40th, 41st, and 42nd General Chapters of the Brothers of the Christian Schools; and he was a noted historian of the life of Saint John Baptist de La Salle.