Posted by Br Gary Wison
on 1 February 2021
The new Director for Mission has reversed the journey. Completing a Doctorate in Ministry on the east coast of USA in 2019, Br. Peter Ryan returned home to spread the word in the District that "The Work is Ours" the title of his research. Peter from western N.S.W. joined the Brothers in 1982 and has taught at Scarborough, Armidale, Mentone, Oakhill and in New Zealand. As Principal successively at New Plymouth, Bankstown and Oakhill, his wide experience in administration and religious education has prepared him well for the role in formation, vacated by Amanda.
The sub-title of Br. Peter's dissertation encapsulates his convictions and interests in taking up his new role:"Nurturing and Sustaining Charism in Catholic Schools in the Lasallian Tradition". Church has experienced increasingly the rapid falling of Brothers' numbers in our schools, as well as natural on-going generational change of committed Lasallian lay colleagues. It is well recognised, that to safeguard the vitality of the Mission for the future, sophisticated formation of laity in our schools is critical. Peter sees a special emphasis lays in considering any Lasallian formation as a component of Christ's universal mission and God's Reign. In addition, John Baptist's gift may well be in its inclusive nature a 'spirituality' open to all in our institutions and agencies, who wish to engage.
The startling COVID world of 2020 has already shown to Br. Peter that versatility and adaptation is critical in delivery of programs. Various technologies can "build on the outstanding work of recent years, and maintaining the building of relationships, tailored to participantsacross the District". While face-to-face formation is preferred, IT also offers a broader reach, as 2021 broaches the unknown.