More than 150 educators from five continents and 31 Lasallian secondary schools will gather on campus from June 23 to July 6.
The Buttimer Institute is an intensive three-year professional development and personal formation program that explores the life and work of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, the patron saint of educators in the Catholic Church, and also provides participants with opportunities to explore the significance of their personal vocation as Lasallian educators. Courses are conducted for three consecutive summers, in two-week durations. Graduate credits are available.
Through classroom studies, community living and prayer, research and practicums, the participants immerse themselves in De La Salle’s spiritual writings and contemporary Lasallian practice. In their third year of attendance, the participants focus on spirituality for contemporary Lasallian educators of diverse faith traditions.
The Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies is named after Brother Charles Henry Buttimer, FSC, a 1933 Manhattan College graduate who was the first American Brother to be elected Superior General of the international Institute 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, Buttimer Institute participants will also have time on the weekends to enjoy New York City and the surrounding metropolitan area.