Posted by Br Lewis Harwood FSC
on 4 October 2019
Over the weekend of the 20th of September, 15 young adults from Melbourne gathered for community, connection and reflection. The focus of the weekend was on the idea of creating and experiencing a sense of "Parmenie" - this is:
some time away;
some time out and
some time to reconnect with former students, Lasallian Volunteers, Youth Ministers and those interested in staying connected to the Lasallian mission and family.
The concept of Parmenie emanates from the real-life story of St John Baptist de La Salle who in 1714 took time out to recharge and rediscover his mission and vocation to lead the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Parmenie was a significant moment in the life of De La Salle who was mentored greatly during this time and received support and accompaniment.
The Parmenie weekend in Melbourne was mirrored from the earlier weekend held in Sydney in July. During the days, those who gathered surfed the waves of Phillip Island, helped prepare food, participated in the Emmaus walk and had the opportunity to share and talk about Lasallian pathways for serving the Lasallian mission.
Thank you to all those who assisted in the preparations and for the strong support of St Bede's College Mentone.
Parmenie weekends are open to all people over the age of 18 who would like to discover more about Lasallian pathways and keep up to date with opportunities and reconnect with others.
Parmenie weekends will be held next year in Sydney, Melbourne, South Australia and Queensland.