Posted by Br Gary Wison
on 7 April 2021
Journeys need occasional stops to examine progress, re-evaluate and plan the future. The Lasallian Youth Ministry team engineered that on 11 March for Student Leaders from our network of schools. In addition, many of the 20-plus Youth Ministers helped with feeding-in their experience as peer leaders.
Working expertly from two venues, the Team Office in Bankstown and James Sheahan College in Orange, the team of Philippe Dulawan, Maddy Forde, and Br Arian Lopez hosted and ran the technology, while Damian Khoury presented the theme, unpacking the experience of points in John Baptist de La Salle's life. There was a renewing friendships and re-meeting stage from the opening-of-year seminar, before reflections on the leadership experience so far in the schools. Breaking up into small discussion groups and individual jotting down insights and suggestions ensued. The intention of this first of three checkpoints in the year was, as Damian Khoury, Co-ordinator, said was "to bring the (Founder's) story to life", and how it links with the leaders' experience of their journey.
The one-and-a-half-hour twilight session included a video and real-time presentation on the work of Lasallian Volunteers: this shows an option in what these young leaders and the school Youth Ministers might discern for 2022. In creating this event, the Team were promoting essentially a "pastoral gathering", which was formative and enriching for Student Leaders on the ground. The Team has had from 2020 the goal of becoming professional in offering an on-line space for development.
Once more, a creative and focused event in the youth program, as it gears up for the District Youth gathering in July.