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Indigenous Symposium

Posted by Bernadette Fredricksen on 20 November 2019
Indigenous Symposium

The Tercentenary year provided yet another opportunity to celebrate the uniqueness and diversity of our region ANZPPNG.

The Indigenous Symposium held at John Paul College aimed to recognise the important contribution indigenous cultures make to the growth and development of the Lasallian mission.   Included in the symposium was a student voice.  Eight John Paul College senior students from varying faith traditions and cultures candidly shared their perspective of what it means to be a Lasallian, the importance of service and the desire to make a positive contribution to society now and into the future.Symposium presenters:

  • Tui Ransfield - Maori spirituality  (alumni of MacKillop College Rotorua)
  • Grace Wrakia Papua New Guinea   (Lasallian Family
  • Falaniko Tominiko Pasifika  (alumni of De La Salle College Auckland)
  • Brother Waseem Pakistan  (De La Salle community Auckland)
  • Karen Isaacs Aborigine spirituality  ( Oakhill College Sydney)

The workshops highlighted the importance of cultural identity and belonging.  Participants gained a deeper respect for spiritual rituals and traditions.  A greater level of understanding and appreciation was evident for our Lasallian colleagues who work in often testing and remote locations but remain faithful to the mission of St John Baptist de La Salle. 

Thank you to the presenters for their contribution to making the Indigenous Symposium a reality and for their willingness to share with us insights into their culture and heritage.

My sincere thanks to Brother David Hawke, Brother Sir Pat Lynch, Brother Steve Hogan,DLS Brothers PNG and Mr Patrick Walsh Principal John Paul College, for their commitment and generous support of the Indigenous Symposium.

#300 has been celebrated in a variety of ways and settings.   May we continue to embrace with "one heart, one commitment" the gift of the Lasallian mission, and continue in earnest to provide a human and Christian education to all youth, especially the poor and marginalised.


Author: Bernadette Fredricksen
About: Co-ordinator of the JPC Signum Fidei community.
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