About this Website
A virtual pilgrimage of the major Lasallian historical sites in France, with Brother Gerard Rummery as your guide
Ways to Explore this Website
There are a few of different ways to explore the site, based on preference or intention. There are different levels of engagement with the material, from cursory to in-depth.
Use the map of France to locate areas of interest by city.
Scroll through the chronology of major events in his life and follow the links that interest you.
You may first read a short biography of the man, so that you have an overview of his life’s circumstances and highlights. Doing so will help you scope out the general scene before you jump into the middle of it all.
Visit a specific location and learn the Lasallian history associated with that place. Choose from the cities and spots on the top menu. Be sure to view the videos featuring Brother Gerard Rummery, FSC—one of the most noted De La Salle historians. Another unique element focuses on De La Salle’s vocational journey at each important location, encouraging reflection on De La Salle’s experiences compared with one’s own vocational experiences and ongoing journey. This part of the website may also be used by Lasallian study groups.
Origins of Footsteps
This project emerged from the initial DVD project In the Footsteps of De La Salle. Through a proposal made by Br. George Van Grieken, FSC, and with the support and involvement of Br. Gerard Rummery, FSC, and Br. Roch Dufresne, FSC. This proposal was submitted to the visitors (RCCB) of the Lasallian Region of North America who approved the undertaking in December of 2008. Subsequent trips to France by Br. George and Br. Roch laid the groundwork for the filming in France with Br. Gerard in July of 2009. Post-production of the DVD was extensive, and the project was completed toward the end of 2010.
Subsequently, Br. George made a proposal to the Lasallian College and University Presidents (LACUP) for a further development of this project onto the internet. They saw the potential in the idea and agreed to provide the funding required. Over the next two years, Br. George worked with Al Cassidy to translate and expand the experience onto the internet for an interactive audience. The site was launched on May 15, 2012, the traditional Lasallian day when we celebrate the life and charism of St. John Baptist de La Salle, Patron Saint of Teachers.
In early 2018, the entire website was redesigned so that it might be enjoyed on any digital device, from the desktop to the mobile phone. It became a responsive website made available for exploration by students and teachers, parents and board members, along with the general public. The work was done by the original designer, Al Cassidy (alcassidyart.com),and the original producer, Br. George Van Grieken, FSC. For further information about the Lasallian charism, go to the website of the Lasallian Resource Center www.lasallianresources.org where this present website is listed along with many other resources.
Expanding the Project: Submit Input
The Explore Further section within each location offers additional information on places related to specific locations that are covered in the site. Feel free to submit suggested hyperlinks or additional elements that will enhance a visitor’s experience to this website.
This website was originally made possible through the financial assistance of the Lasallian Colleges & Universities in the United States. The videos were sponsored by the Christian Brothers Conference and come from a DVD and booklet that are sold separately on their website.
BEHIND THE JOURNEY
This project came about because of a proposal made by Brother George Van Grieken (then of the San Francisco, California, District of the Brothers of the Christian Schools) to Brother Gerard Rummery (world-renowned Australian Brother) and Brother Roch Dufresne (then Director of Video Productions, Cathedral High School, Los Angeles, California) to document and film an introduction to the major historical sites in France associated with the life of St. John Baptist de La Salle, Patron Saint of Teachers and Founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.
“Be satisfied with what you can do, since God is satisfied with it, but do not spare yourself in what you can do with grace; and believe that, provided you want it, you can do more with the grace of God than you think.”
All involved were excited about the idea, and a detailed proposal was drafted for the Brother Visitors of the United States-Toronto Region (RCCB), who subsequently approved the undertaking in December of 2008. Scouting Lasallian sites in France was accomplished by Br. George and Br. Roch during Easter Week 2009, and filming commenced in July 2009, taking place during ten days in July of 2009. Post-production became quite the task (as it always does), and the Q&A component required the addition of another DVD. The entire film project was finished in September of 2010, and the accompanying booklet was completed by July 2011.
Many Brothers and communities throughout France were very generous with their help and hospitality. They illustrated and exemplified the reasons behind and the value of a project such as this. Lasallian education and the movement begun by De La Salle continues to be a living witness to the enduring power of what real faith and zeal can do when wedded to the Gospel and to dedicated individuals.
FILMING BLOG ENTRIES
Sunday July 12 – Sunday July 26, 2009
- Day 1 – Paris (Sun 12)
- Day 2 – Paris (Mon 13)
- Day 3 – Paris (Wed 15)
- Day 4 & 5: Rouen, Reims, Liesse and Laon (Wed-Thurs 14-16)
- Day 6 – Reims (Fri 17)
- Day 7 – Travel to Parmenie (Sat 18)
- Day 8 – A Relative Day of Rest (Mon 20)
- Day 9 & 10: Grenoble, Parmenie, and Paris (Tues 21)
- Day 11: A Long Day in Rouen (Wed 22)
- Day 12: Paris and Travel to Reims (Thurs 23)
- Day 13: Liesse, Laon and Brouillet (Fri 24)
- Day 14: Reims and Travel to Paris (Sat 25)
- Day 15: The Last Day (Sun 26)