The Buttimer Institute Returns to Manhattan College

The College will host the annual Lasallian conference for the second consecutive year.

Participants at the 2017 Buttimer InstituteMore than 100 educators from four continents Asia, Africa, Australia and North America from colleges and universities, middle schools, secondary schools, special education centers, and child and family service agencies, will gather from June 24 to July 7 at Manhattan College for the annual Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies.

The Buttimer Institute is an intensive three-year professional development and personal formation program that studies the life and work of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, the patron saint of educators in the Catholic Church, and the origins of the Lasallian educational mission.

Through classroom studies, community living and prayer, research and practicums, the participants study De La Salle’s pedagogical writings and contemporary Lasallian practice. By immersing themselves in De La Salle’s spiritual writings and practices, in their third year of study  the participants have an opportunity to focus on spirituality for contemporary Lasallian educators of diverse faith traditions.

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 began in 1986 with the first group meeting at Manhattan College. After summer sessions in 1987 and 1988 in New Mexico, the Institute moved to Saint Mary’s College of California in 1989 and had been held there until it returned to the Riverdale campus in 2017.

In addition to their professional and personal study of the Lasallian educational mission during their two weeks on the Manhattan College campus, the Buttimer Institute participants from around the world will also have time on the weekends to enjoy New York City and the surrounding metropolitan area.

The Christian Brothers Conference website has more information on the 2018 Buttimer Institute.

By Pete McHugh