Posted by Merv McCormack
on 18 January 2019
Season's greetings as 2019 gets well and truly underway. I trust that this Tercentenary Year is a good one for the many works throughout our vast District of Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea.
In the light of the numerous challenges facing the Church, including our own Institute, Br Visitor, David Hawke, wrote recently to the Brothers of the District, reminding all to continue to rebuild in a spirit of faith and zeal. He referred to Pope Francis's words in December 2018, that "there is no growth without some form of crisis and no victory without a battle".
Of course, there will be crises of sorts and battles at times during the year ahead, but with honourable intentions and shared goodwill, there is little doubt that the Lasallian mission will continue to serve faithfully the needs of those entrusted to our care. As these words are written, a great gathering of Lasallian Volunteers, Youth Ministers, and Lasallian Student Leaders is occurring at Collaroy, in Sydney. These wonderful young people are engaging in formation activities in the traditional January get-together under the skilled leadership of the Lasallian Youth Ministry team. The commitment and enthusiasm of over a hundred young Lasallians is inspiring to behold. Many of them will be attending Melbourne in April where the District's Youth Gathering will be held concurrently with APLEC, the Asia Pacific Lasallian Educators' Conference. I hope to see many of you at one or the other of these events. (Details at delasalle.org.au).
A large contingent of Lasallian Principals, or their delegates, will be attending PNG late next month, for an opportunity to witness the special character and specific challenges facing staffs and students in that country. It promises to be a wonderful opportunity for all involved, both for visitors and locals.
The new District Plan 2018-22 will be rolled out with significant consideration around implementation being undertaken by the District Council, the Lasallian Mission Council, the Sector Councils, as well as by Lasallian Mission Services. It is a finely-crafted Strategic Plan, equally ambitious and grounded in its scope. This is not a Strategic Plan built to sit on a shelf and be dusted off in three or four years. It is an action plan with key steps and measurable metrics. The consultation to develop it was broad and inclusive. The Plan aims to meet the challenges of an increasingly diverse society, one where longstanding adherence to traditional institutions and agencies is questioned or disregarded more than ever, where scepticism is increasingly common, and cynicism more prevalent.
We remain absolutely hopeful that, together, we will continue to accomplish much.
I look forward to working with you during what will be a very fine year.
Executive Director - Lasallian Mission Council