Greetings. Today the world celebrates International Women's Day and this reminds me that women have an important role in the Lasallian Mission in the four countries of our District. In the 2010 publication, "Associated for the Lasallian Missionan act of HOPE", known as Circular 461, the General Council stated:
"We would like to specifically note the contribution of Lasallian women who now compose over half of the total personnel involved in the Mission. Just as more recently the education of both young men and women became the focus of the Mission so has the participation of women in the Lasallian educational network become essential. Their presence, undoubtedly, will help construct a more humane and community-centred society; help to re-examine ways of thinking; help to situate the entire Lasallian world a bit differently in history and help to organize social, political, economic and religious life in a way that can be more intuitive and relational." (Circ 461, p.19)
In our District women play an integral and valuable part at yourtown, in schools, the Lasallian Foundation, Brothers' communities and the Provincial Office. They are present on Boards of Directors, the Lasallian Mission Council, Mission Action Committees and various District commissions. Women hold various positions of responsibilities as Chief Executive Officers, Principals, Chairs and other administrative positions. The District appreciates your contribution, not only on this International Women's Day but always!
In July this year the District will host in Auckland, New Zealand a global Lasallian Women's Symposium. The theme; "Lasallian Women as Change Makers" is very much in keeping with the sentiments expressed in Circular 461. I encourage you to attend this significant event in the life of our District.
Celebrate on this special day, the gift you are to the Lasallian mission in your work place, Sector and District.