This paper represents the reaction of a first year doctoral student to his formal introduction to the Lasallian tradition. Tracing the broad contours of the Lasallian tradition, the author suggests a robust Lasallian identity might productively advance discussions of Catholic institutional identity in higher education as well as initiatives implemented to enhance this identity. With the recommendations of the American Bishops in the ten-year review of the implementation of the apostolic constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae as the backdrop, the author proposes Lasallian-style community building as a cure for many perceived ailments affecting Catholic higher education.
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About the Author
Graduate Student, La Salle University
Second-year student in the Doctor of Theology program at La Salle University. Theology teacher at Roncalli High School in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.