Posted by Youth Minister at James Sheahan Catholic High School
on 21 February 2020
"Great things are possible," a Lasallian Brother originating from the Philippines informed an impressionable group of Year 10 and 11 students last Friday after James Sheahan Catholic High School's impressive Opening School Mass; his presence itself proving that great things indeed are happening.
Brother Arian and Brother Lewis (a Central Western local himself having grown up in Dubbo) both visited Sheahan to deliver talks to the students in Year 10 and Year 11 revolving around the work of one of our founders, St John Baptist De LaSalle. Our Charism Talks and Workshops are an important way of connecting students to the contemporary work and significance of both of our founding Lasallian and Mercy charisms.The Lasallian Brothers explained the aforementioned mantra to the Sheahan students as their message to young people following last year's Tercentenary celebrations of De La Salle's death and of his contemporary legacy, particularly in education and in serving the poor.
The Brothers explained the story of St John Baptist de la Salle to the students, emphasising his contribution to Christian education and his significance for teachers as their patron saint; as he set an example of selflessness and dedication for all teachers to follow.
They also explored the relevance of the Lasallian Brothers today, and how they have overcome their falling immediate presence in Australian schools by regularly visiting schools where Brothers used to teach to ensure their values and lessons remain in the schools they built.
The Brothers also explained how, whilst their presence in Australian schools may have been reduced over time, their presence in our region, consisting of Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea and Samoa (ANZPPNG) has remained as strong as ever through youth volunteer programs that immerse school leavers in the work of Lasallians within the schools in our region and also through the Youth Minister program which ensures that the majority of Lasallian schools in the region have a young Lasallian present to help guide them through High School.
The students thoroughly enjoyed the Brothers' talk and were kept entertained by their energy and humour, it was a special experience the students had not expected! Thank You to Br Arian and Br Lewis for taking the time to meet our students.