John Johnston, FSC
In these remarks that were delivered on the occasion of the inauguration of the president of Christian Brothers University in 2006, the author identifies seven characteristics of a Lasallian institution: reverence for each student, spirit of community, quality education, Catholic identity, solidarity with the poor, an authentically Lasallian educational community, and the story of John Baptist de La Salle and the first Brothers.
Full Text: That Strange Word: Lasallian
Keywords: Lasallian characteristics, Spirit of community, Catholic identity, Multi-faith community, Solidarity with the poor
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.”