Michel Sauvage, FSC, Miguel Campos, FSC


Francois-Elie Maillefer produced one of three definitive biographies of his uncle, John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. The Maillefer biography is often characterized as the most accessible – a thorough yet concisely written account of De La Salle’s experiences and spiritual teachings. In this essay two renowned Lasallian scholars offer readers of all three biographies a critical lens through which to understand Maillefer’s involvement in De La Salle’s story; his purpose in situating his account among the De La Salle biographies; and an understanding of his sources. Equipped with this refined lens, one is invited to encounter all of the De La Salle biographies and through them, to more fully comprehend the necessity of synthesizing complementary views of the contemporary Lasallian educational mission and our respective roles within it.


Lasallian spirituality; De La Salle;


Reading Maillefer Today

About the Authors

Michel Sauvage, FSC, S.T.D.

Brother Michel Sauvage, FSC (1923-2001) did his doctoral thesis in Lille (Catéchèse et Laïcat, 1963), was a professor at the Lateran Pontifical University in Rome (Jesus Magister Institute), and was theologian for his brother (Bishop Jean Sauvage) at the Second Vatican Council. From 1966 to 1976, he was Assistant Superior General for Formation of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. In addition, he served as the second director of the office of Lasallian Studies in the Generalate in Rome.

Miguel Campos, FSC

Brother Miguel Campos was born in Guantanamo, Cuba in 1938 and entered into young adulthood at a time of revolution and the beginning of the Castro Regime. A Christian Brother since (1959 or 1961?), Brother Miguel completed undergraduate and graduate programs in religious studies, then a doctorate in Theology, at the Lateran Pontifical University in Rome, Italy.

During more than fifty remarkable years of religious life, Brother Miguel has distinguished himself as an excellent teacher, an outstanding retreat master, and an international scholar without peer. Brother Miguel is currently a distinguished professor of Lasallian Mission at La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA, a position he assumed after serving in Rome for seven years as a member of the General Council.

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