Posted by Br Mark McKeon on 12 April 2019

Friday April 5 De La Salle College Mangere East hosted a Lasallian Heritage 11 program.  Present were teachers from John Paul College Rotorua, Francis Douglas College New Plymouth and De La Salle College.  Our two Lasallian volunteers, Micah and Andy, were present for part of the day.  This program was a follow up to an introductory program conducted in individual schools.  This introductory program focused on the life of John Baptist de La Salle and the development of the Institute while he was alive.  The focus of the Heritage II program was Lasallian pedagogy. Facilitators for the sessions were Kane Raukura and Tania Reti, both graduates if the Buttimer program and Brother Mark McKeon.  April 7 the Church recognises the Feast of the Founder.  St Paul's letter to Timothy (Timothy 1:13-14; 2:1-3) is the reading selected by the Church for the Feast. 

In light of our teaching ministry, it is a good piece of scripture on which to reflect.  "You have been trusted to look after something precious; guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. You have heard everything I teach in public; hand it on to reliable people so that they, in turn, will be able to teach others."  The number of New Zealand Buttimer graduates who are now sharing the fruits of their Lasallian studies is a sign of hope for our District.  Pope Francis issues a further challenge to us.  " There is no future without this encounter between young and old. There is no growth without roots and no flowering without new buds."


Author:Br Mark McKeon
About: Director of Pastoral Formation at Holy Cross Seminary in Auckland
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