John Johnston, FSC
In this paper, former Superior general of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, talks about his hope for Lasallian education. He offers for consideration some reflections from the perspective of Superior General of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, drawing upon the extraordinary rich international experience he had during his twenty-three years at the Generalate in Rome. This address was delivered at Saint Mary’s College of California on 15 February 1999. In a “collection” of the author’s writings and memorabilia in the archives of Manhattan College in New York City can be found two slightly different versions of this same address. An earlier version of the address, which was not delivered at the College on 12 March 1997 because of the author’s hospitalization for surgery, is extant; and a shorter adaptation of the address, which was delivered a week earlier on 8 February 1999 at the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico (1874-2009), is also extant.
KEYWORDS: Lasallian mission; Rights of the child; Catholic higher education
John Johnston, FSC, M.A.
On October 11, 2007, Brother John Johnston died in his home city of Memphis, Tennessee, USA. During a period of 24 years, from 1976 to 2000, he served as Vicar General and then Superior General, leading the Institute through difficult, exciting and challenging times. He championed authenticity in the lives of Brothers and encouraged the sharing of the Lasallian Mission by Lasallian partners and provoked the Lasallian family into reflecting on global issues such as the Rights of Children and Literacy. In the words of Brother Vincent Malham, we honor Brother John best in remembering him as a faithful disciple of Jesus who “drank the cup.”