Posted by Br David Hawke
on 15 February 2019
You will be aware that the Tercentenary of the Death of St John Baptist de La Salle and the Year of Lasallian Vocations is well underway across the District. The theme for the year is One Heart One Commitment One Life.
Br Robert Schieler, Superior General in introducing all Lasallians to this theme in March 2017, wrote:
One Heart reminds us that as educators we have a responsibility to touch the hearts of children. It also reminds us that like the first Brothers we are communities of educators associated from the heart.
One Commitment renews our call to provide a human and Christian education to the poor, the young and adults entrusted to our care and try to be good educators in all that we do.
One Life shares our hope for the Lasallian mission and brings to mind how we should follow De La Salle's footprints by answering God's calls in our lives just as De La Salle did in his day.
I recommend that you take a little time to reflect on the theme and keep it at the forefront of staff gatherings etc. as the year unfolds. The Tercentenary Prayer circulated and available on the District website focusses on the theme and is a valuable resource.
I am heartened by the work of Br Adrian Watson, Tercentenary Project Officer and the committees working at Sector level who have promoted various events for this year. Br Tim Peter, Auxiliary Visitor, Merv McCormack, Executive Director of the Lasallian Mission Council and I look forward to participating in Tercentenary events.
This year is designated as the "Year of Lasallian Vocations." Today we use the plural "vocations" for in our family there are many expressions of vocation in the Lasallian context across the globe. This year invites each of us to reflect upon and deepen our own Lasallian vocation as one, among a number, of Lasallian vocations. As Principals, Chief Executives, leadership teams and staff I encourage you to awaken in young people God's call to them. It may be temporary as in Lasallian Volunteers or Youth Ministers or maybe longer term as a staff member in a Lasallian school or yourtown. One dimension of the Lasallian vocation which is a priority is the vocation of the Brother. The Australia Sector of the District has set up a team of three Brothers working in collaboration with the District's Youth Ministers to promote the Lasallian vocation and especially the vocation of the Brother, a vocation which I know you value. I encourage you to use whatever opportunities to promote the Brothers' vocation.
David Hawke FSC