Gregory Wright, FSC, PhD
This paper, is in fact, seven independent short essays prepared by the author sometime between August 2009 and May 2012. They are grouped here by the editors under the heading of “John Baptist de La Salle: The Man & His Message.”
John Baptist de La Salle: The Man and His Message
KEYWORDS: De La Salle; Catholic; Education; Lasallian
Gregory Wright, FSC, Ph.D.
A native of New Orleans, Brother Gregory Wright, FSC, has been a De La Salle Brother since August 1945. He received his primary and secondary education in New Orleans and Lafayette, and in 1952 received his B.A. in Social Studies and English from St. Michael’s College (after 1965 the College of Santa Fe.) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Between 1959 and 1964 he earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in European History from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In addition in 1976-77 and 1980-83 while living in Rome he further immersed himself in various aspects of European and related history. Between 1958 and 1988 he served as a faculty member and in other capacities at his undergraduate alma mater. Having done his dissertation on St. John Baptist de La Salle as a minor historical figure of the Age of Louis XIV, during the 21 years he was a faculty member at De LaSalle University – Manila, Philippines, he continued his research on the Founder of his religious order while making Lasallian presentations to interested groups. Shortly before he left Manila De La Salle University awarded him the St. La Salle Medal in recognition of his contributions to Lasallian research. Since returning to his home District he has continued doing some research and writing on the Founder while composing a monthly Lasallian Essay for the NO-SF District News & Notes that is shared with some other areas of the Institute.