Posted by Amanda Proulx
on 20 October 2020
The experience of Association in the District of Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, and Papua New Guinea (ANZPPNG) is unique and reflects the diverse realities of our District. From secondary schools in Australia and New Zealand, scattered across rural and urban settings and staffed almost entirely by Lasallian partners for many years; to remarkably remote primary schools and urban teachers colleges and high schools in Papua New Guinea; to the daily witness of peaceful community at schools for both Christian and Muslim students in Pakistan; to the breadth and depth of services for children, young people, and families delivered by yourtown - welcome to our end of the world! Please enjoy these reflections from Lasallians all over ANZPPNG as they express what living Association means to them.
EXPERIENCING A SENSE OF VOCATION
"Moving from having a job within a Lasallian organisation to having a Lasallian Vocation is not something I planned or indeed recognised as happening, until at some point it just became my way of being. It feels like I got here through each interaction, through each formal and informal formation activity where I learnt a little more about the Mission and about myself. I am not sure there will ever be an end point" (Tracy Adams, CEO, yourtown, AU)
"My story is perhaps very similar to other educators in the Lasallian world in that I was educated by the DLS Brothers at Francis Douglas Memorial College in New Plymouth, New Zealand. It was here that I learned how to navigate throughout life. The benefit of returning to teach at a Lasallian school was that I had witnessed the Brothers in action. I live my life hoping that I add value to the lives of our good college men who walk in, then out of, the gates of FDMC." (Tim Stuck, Principal-elect, Francis Douglas Memorial College, New Plymouth, NZ)
"In the PNG context, unlike the other three Sectors, most of the Lasallian teachers work in non-Lasallian institutes, especially the primary sector. Through association I am able to discover my Lasallian vocation. That has shaped my life in such an extraordinary way. I was and am able to discover new encounters that challenge me to be creative and innovative for the mission to the service of those entrusted to my care." (Aloysius Jalapuin, Principal, Ibab Primary School and Lasallian Family Area Coordinator for East Sepik Province, PNG)
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