Posted by Br Shashi Abrar fsc
on 18 May 2017
It is a great tradition in the Sector of Papua New Guinea to dedicate a whole week to Lasallian activities known as Founder's Week. The week starts on May 15 with the Feast of St. John Baptist de La Salle.
De La Salle Secondary School Bomana is one of the first Lasallian schools in PNG to be established. On May 16, the staff and students of DLS Bomana were privileged to have Br. David Hawke, Visitor of ANZPPNG amongst them. Bro. David spoke to them about the Lasallian mission and its importance in the District.
He not only shared the facts and figures about the District but made the session entertaining for all present. He also shared how zealous Lasallians are about their work in PNG. Whilst he shared a brief history of the Lasallian mission in PNG, he also recalled his first interaction with DLS Bomana in 1980 as a retreat master for students.
After his talk, there was a Q & A session. The students asked him a couple of questions based on his life as a Brother. Br. David encouraged students to offer themselves to service and to help others, especially the poor.
He also encouraged the year 12 students to think of being Lasallian volunteers where they may give a year of their life for the Lasallian mission serving in the District of ANZPPNG.
Br. David also got the opportunity to visit the newly renovated classrooms, refurbished by the students and staff of De La Salle Malvern last year. He was accompanied by Mr. James B. Ume (principal of DLS Bomana), teaching staff and members of the School Infrastructure Planning Committee. He was pleased to see how professionally the work had been done by the group of students coming from Australia every year.
On behalf of the staff and students of DLS Bomana, I wish to thank Br. David for accepting the invitation to be with us on Tuesday. They all appreciated his presence and were inspired by his sharing.
Thanks, dear Brother!
Br. Shashi Abrar fsc