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Association Newsletter 32

Posted on 16 December 2020

"Dear Lasallians, Sixty years ago, with great courage and enthusiasm, I began my educational apostolate and, from that first moment, it was my responsibility to work alongside and "with" lay teachers. I had great empathy with them. The Second Vatican Council came and I devoured the texts. I was impressed by "Perfectae Caritatis" and "Gaudium et Spes." After the Council, our General Chapter of 1966-7 and the text "Declaration of the Brother in the World Today" followed. Everything nourished my spirit and affirmed me in what I would later live in Signum Fidei, in Shared Mission, the Lasallian Family and today, and Association.

Five moments from my sixty years of educational ministry: 1- In the school as student coordinator and director of communities and schools. 2- My service to the former District of Medellín as a Visitor for eight years. 3- My experience as President of RELAL (Latin American Lasallian Region) and my participation in the General Chapter of 1987. 4- My service to the private Catholic education of my country Colombia, as President of the Confederation of Catholic Schools for four years, and 5- My participation in the CIL of Rome 1968 and in the CEL of Madrid 2004.

Throughout this itinerary I was linked to the lay teachers, but in a special way as: founder and animator of FLACE (Lasallian Formation for Animators of Educational Communities). A group of Lasallians who later took on the animation of some of the schools in the District. As Orientation-Advisor of ALDEA (Lasallian Association of Former Students) that together with the Brothers animated the Lasallian University of Medellín. In addition, I write articles, give conferences and participate in the MEL (Lasallian Educational Mission) of the Medellín Sector.

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