The Work is Yours

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By Luke Salm, FSC



Considered to be the best popular biography of Saint John Baptist de La Salle in English, this work incorporates modern research to complement the narratives of the original biographers to provide an illuminating background on the life and charism of the Founder of the Christian Schools and the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. This biography sheds new light on the origins of enduring elements of the Lasallian charism—reliance upon Divine Providence and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, spirituality grounded in educational ministry, providing a human and Christian education for young people, especially the poor, application of innovative concepts in schools and other educational projects, and ministry of the laity in the Church. The title comes from a prayer often said by the saint, Domine, opus, tuum—“O Lord, the work is yours.”

Brother Luke Salm, FSC, (1921-2009) the first Brother to receive a doctoral degree in theology, was a renowned author and prominent lecturer. He authored a number of books and countless articles in his field of theology on the history of Saint John Baptist de La Salle and the Brothers, the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, spirituality, and more. Brother Luke spent many years serving at Manhattan College, including as chairman of the theology/religious studies department from 1962-1970 and as director of the graduate theology program from 1970-1978. He served as a main presenter at Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies from 1986 to 2001. In the early 1990s, Brother Luke retired from teaching and spent his final years as archivist for the former New York District before his death on August 31, 2009.

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Product Details

Publisher: Christian Brothers Conference

Size: 6 x 9

Length: 236 pages

Item number: 9206

ISBN: 978-1-884904-08-0

ISBN-10: 1-884904-08-4

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