Posted by Jordan Grantham
on 13 September 2018
The Australian Mission Action Committee (AUSMAC) met on Tuesday 4 September 2018 at LaSalle Catholic College, Bankstown.
The forum brought together people from across Australia to share experiences and further unite their work in the ongoing Lasallian mission.
Mission Action Committees also exist in New Zealand, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea.
"As things go forward, we'll be looking to deal with things in a specifically Australian way," John Foley, Principal of St Michael's College, Henley Beach, said.
The breadth of the Lasallian mission and charism was represented in the group of brothers, educators, alumni and not-for-profit professionals.
Meeting attendees included Merv McCormack, Executive Director of the Lasallian Mission Council (LMC), Br John Cantwell, LMC Director of Formation, Miranda Chow, CEO of the Lasallian Foundation Australia and Cara Benoit, Director of People and Culture of yourtown. Educators in Lasallian schools form an important part of AUSMAC, such as Joyce Smith, Principal of LaSalle Academy, Lithgow, Br Steve Hogan, Principal of Oakhill College, Castle Hill and Michael Egan, Principal of LaSalle Catholic College, Bankstown, AUSMAC Chair.
Michael Ucci, a St Michael's Old Scholar, brings youthful enthusiasm and an Adelaidean perspective to AUSMAC. He is deeply involved in the young Lasallian community in Adelaide, especially SALT, the South Australian Lasallian Team.
"We get together at least once a month to build that community and keep that going," Michael said.
His first experience with the Lasallian community outside St Michael's College was an overwhelmingly positive encounter at the five-day Lasallian Student Leaders Seminar.
"To this day, that's one of the better weeks of my life," he said.
The meeting shared national experiences and focussed on integration of Australian projects into the new 2018 2022 Strategic Plan for the entire ANZPPNG District.
Year 7 students of LaSalle Catholic College, Bankstown confidently led a tour of the College for AUSMAC members at the end of the meeting.