The Pacific-Asia Regional Conference continues to hold the distinction of being the most diverse among the Regions where the Institute has continued to operate. Unlike other Regions where Catholicism is the dominant religion or where the political systems are generally regarded as free, PARC comprises countries that vary in terms of religion, politics, and level of economic development, just to mention a few. Amazingly, however, the Region includes countries where our primary mission, that of providing a human and Christian education to all youth, especially the poor and marginalized, remains alive and in some cases, even expanding. Thus, despite the challenges that our institutions, Brothers and Partners face in PARC, we continue to see an expansion and deepening of our work in the region, a reality that pushed us to conduct a study on the factors that contribute to the effective functioning of Lasallian ministries in multi-faith secular contexts. In so doing, this study hopes to lead to a better understanding of the Lasallian story and charism in Pacific-Asia.
The study adopted an appreciative inquiry approach. This approach enables us to identify the best of what has and is existing (our strengths) that would serve as the ground to frame our vision of what could be (Ashford & Patkar, 2001). Through a combination of self-administered questionnaires (SAQs), key informant interview (KIIs), and focus group discussions (FGDs), the proponents of the study tapped representatives from each District/ Sector to pose questions to their associates and the Brothers that are clustered into four areas, namely: Discovery; Dream; Design; and, Destiny.