Buttimer Institute Returns to Its Roots at Manhattan College

The two-week Lasallian retreat will take place this summer.

John Baptist de La SalleDuring the summers of 2017 and 2018, the Buttimer Institute will return to where it began. From June 25 to July 8, Manhattan College will host the formation program after more than 25 years of Buttimer being held at Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga.

Named after Brother Charles Henry Buttimer, FSC, a 1933 Manhattan College graduate and former Superior General of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, the Buttimer Institute launched in 1986 with the first cohort meeting at Manhattan College. After summer sessions in 1987 and 1988 were held in New Mexico, the Institute moved to Saint Mary’s in 1989.

The Buttimer Institute is an intensive three-year formation program that studies the life and work of Saint John Baptist de La Salle and the origins of the Lasallian educational mission. In year one, participants are introduced to the life of St. John Baptist de La Salle, the founder of the Lasallian Christian Brothers and patron saint of teachers. In year two, participants study

De La Salle’s pedagogical writings and analyze those writings in terms of the contemporary Lasallian educational mission. In year three, participants focus on De La Salle’s spiritual vision, immersing themselves in the founder’s spiritual writings and works.

Registration materials for the summer of 2017 are available on lasallian.info. Questions can be directed to Mark Freund, executive director of the Office for Lasallian Education, at mfreund@cbconf.org or (202) 529-0047 x102.

By Pete McHugh