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Aotearoa New Zealand Lasallian Heritage Program

Posted on 2 May 2017
Aotearoa New Zealand Lasallian Heritage Program

On Thursday 27th April a group of participants and presenters gathered together in the Chapel at Francis Douglas Memorial College to begin their adventure into the life of John Baptist De La Salle with prayer. There were two participants from De La Salle, Mangere, two from John Paul

College in Rotorua and seven from Francis Douglas Memorial College New Plymouth. Our presenters were Brother David Hawke, Brother Lewis Harwood and three Buttimer graduates from FDMC, Martin Chamberlain, Tim Stuck and Anna Zsigovits-Mace.

The purpose of the programme was to introduce new teachers to our Lasallian schools in New Zealand to the founding story, spirituality and core values of the Lasallian charism.

Over the two days, we covered the life of De La Salle, including those hinge moments that were pivotal to the development of the Lasallian Mission today. We investigated how we can bring the Conduct of the Schools alive in the Twenty-First Century and we marvelled at the relationships we could see between De La Salle and his Brothers through the Letters he wrote so prolifically.

It was wonderful having our Brother Visitor, Brother David with us as he introduced us to our District and all that is happening in the Lasallian World. Brother David and Brother Lewis willingly and openly answered the many questions we asked of them.

Finally, Brother Lewis introduced us to the Twelve Virtues for teachers and we looked at our own practice within our Lasallian Schools from the perspective of our own mission. It was lovely to have amongst our group those with responsibilities in our schools other than teaching.

We had a Teacher's Aide, a Property Manager and a Youth Minister. A wonderful gathering together and by association. We are all partners in the holistic development of the students who walk through our doors each day of the school year.

Our aim moving into the future is to provide a quality formation programme that continues to support our Lasallian educators in New Zealand and that promotes the vocation of teaching associates and partners.

Written by Anna Zsigovits-Mace, Director of Religious Studies, HoD RST.

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