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Lewis engages in a deeper Lasallian formation experience

Lewis University alumni, faculty and staff engage in a deeper Lasallian formation experience

Published: July 26, 2013.


(top row, L to R) Dr. Dominic Colonna,
Johnathon Emanuelson, Ryan Lebre
(front row, L to R) Denis Block, Julie Penner,
Dr. Joyce Hayward

Three Lewis University alumni, Denis Block (Accounting, ’07), Johnathon Emanuelson (Journalism, ’04), and Ryan Lebre (Math and Physics, ‘02) participated in the Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies at St. Mary’s College of California from June 23-July 5. Faculty and staff attending the institute this year included Julie Penner, executive director of advancement events & engagement initiatives, Dr. Joyce Hayward, interim associate dean and professor in the College of Education, and Dr. Dominic Colonna, professor of theology.

Buttimer Institute is an intensive Lasallian formation and education program that studies the life and work of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the origins of the Lasallian educational mission.

“This prestigious three-year program is designed to inspire participants to delve more thoroughly into the Lasallian founding story and discover the basis of their vocation as educators,” according to Kurt Schackmuth, vice president for Mission and Academic Services and a Buttimer graduate.

Emanuelson is a postulant for admission into the Brothers of the Christian Schools. “I felt Buttimer was a very rewarding and enriching experience. It was invaluable for my formation as a brother. I feel that, by meeting so many Lasallians from many different areas of ministry, I have gained a greater understanding of the Lasallian mission, as well as a better sense of the approach to teaching begun by John Baptist de La Salle,” Emanuelson said.

Block, a retreat facilitator at La Salle Manor Retreat Center in Plano, also described an enriching experience at Buttimer. He explained that “Learning about the life, pedagogy, and spirituality of De La Salle helped me to understand the sense of faith and community I've felt when I was studying at Lewis and working at various other Lasallian ministries around the country and around the world.”

Lebre is the new Assistant Director of Lasallian Formation at St. Mary’s College of California, replacing Block who left for La Salle Manor.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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