Approximately 30 Lasallians recently assembled in Canberra to celebrate their annual gathering.
Initially attending Mass at Curtin's Church of the Transfiguration, the alumni and guests then moved to the Members and Guests Dining Room in Parliament House.
The dinner was hosted by De La Salle College, Revesby, Old Boy, Chris Hayes, the Federal Member for Fowler. Well known Lasallian, John Hogan, who has been the inspiration for these gatherings for many years, welcomed guests including Brother Visitor David Hawke, accompanied by Bros Colin Griffin, Paul Rogers and Bill Shaw. Also in attendance were Executive Director of the Lasallian Mission Council, Merv McCormack, and Amanda Proulx, Assistant Director of Mission (Young Lasallians).
Mr Hayes generously acknowledged the Lasallian education he received while at De La Salle Revesby, particularly the emphasis which was placed on social values and involvement in community activities.
His thoughts were echoed by other Old Boys during numerous conversations around the table. In response, Br David congratulated the Old Boys on their contributions to society, and provided an account of the
Lasallian mission in contemporary times. He also noted that as a dual citizen of Australia and New Zealand, this would be the only speech he would be able to provide in the House!