Posted by Grace Wrakia
on 11 April 2019
The Lasallian Family in PNG, and particularly the Lasallian family in the nation's capital, Port Moresby gathered for a special Eucharistic celebration at De La Salle Secondary School, Bomana to commemorate the 300 years death anniversary of the founding saint- St John Baptist De La Salle.
The turn-out was small, in comparison to the Tercentenary, Opening Mass held a month ago. It was simple but significant. Teachers, staff and their family and few students came together with the Brothers to not just remember the passing of the Founder to eternal life but came to celebrate the life of the Lasallian Institute in PNG. Well over a 100 men, women and children attended this special mass.The Mass started with a procession from the main school bus stop at 10 am with priests and seminarians from Bomana Seminary and the Divine Mercy ministry, who sang and walked into the school campus. After this brief ceremony of receiving the Divine Mercy icon into the De La Salle Secondary School community, the main mass started.
In his welcome speech, the principal, Br. Antony stressed that the Lasallian Legacy lives and continues to grow in PNG dispute many difficulties. This mass he said should also be a thanksgiving Mass because the Brothers, together with their lay-partners have turned these difficulties into milestones and have preserve to deliver Human and Christian Education in their schools.
The main celebrant, Fr. John Bosco, beautifully integrated the bible readings for this fifth Sunday of Lent, with the visit of the Divine Mercy ministry and the 300 years anniversary of the De La Salle Brothers. Fr. John reminded the Lasallians that in the gospel, Jesus did not condemn the woman but rather restored her dignity and integrity by his mercy and love, and so Lasallians are challenged by this gospel to restore the dignity of so many young people who come to their schools and classrooms every day to receive an education. Fr. John prayed that all Lasallians, are prepared to die to themselves so that others can restore their life and their dignity just as the founder did in following the footsteps of Jesus Christ.
After mass, everyone remained for lunch: the four NCD Lasallian principals, Br. Thomas (sector coordinator) and Ms Grace Wrakia (Lasallian family coordinator) together cut the tercentenary cake, commemorating this day. It was a quiet and simple event, but it rekindled the Charism and strengthened the commitment we had each other as a family of Lasallian educators and to the mission in PNG. The same sentiment was expressed by Lasallians all over the country during the day.
Happy Jubilee Lasallians!!