COVID-19 has rapidly progressed from an isolated health concern to a global pandemic and Br David Hawke, Visitor and Merv McCormack, Executive Director, Lasallian Mission Council, are taking the spread of this virus very seriously.
Our dedicated team have been in regular communication with our schools, other works, communities and staff. We are pleased to inform you that to date there are zero COVID-19 cases.The La Salle Centre reopened on 1 June 2020, and a stringent return to work COVID-19 Safe Plan implemented to ensure safe working conditions for all staff and visitors.
A copy of Br David's welcome to staff is below:
"The Dream Team electronic newsletter is sent out regularly by the Young Lasallians Youth Ministry team here at La Salle Centre. Last week the letter went out under Philippe's name. In his introduction he quoted Chris Lowney, a Jesuit. The quote reflected on the fact that sometimes we get to choose moments in our lives but at other times, you do not get to choose the opportunity, the moment chooses you.
When we returned to La Salle Centre in January, no one would have imagined that we would be having a re-opening of this place on 1 June, almost 6 months later. No one would have imagined that a massive moment was going to choose the world and change our lives for ever and a day.
When the seriousness of COVID-19 became so evident here in Australia each of us chose to continue her or his work albeit differently than Lasallians usually do. A sincere thank-you to each of you for maintaining your commitment to your work and for also developing creative ways to keep in touch with each other and the District whom we serve.
As we chose to work differently, most if not all our communication used social media and other online avenues. This provided an excellent means of keeping in touch but as Lasallians who pride ourselves in being brothers and sisters to each other and to those entrusted to our care, virtual communication while keeping people engaged will never replace the daily interactions, we have person to person. Pope Francis often comments on the impact of social media on peoples' relationships. Even in his first major document in 2013, the Joy of the Gospel he urged people to "walk closely with each other in real time." He reflected also on the "joy which infects us with our close and continuous interaction." (EG 88). I add that he also reflects on the pain and challenges of interacting with others.
Pope Francis, in 2018 claimed this day as a Memorial to Mary, Mother of the Church. Just as our own mothers have a special place in our hearts so does Mary as Mother of the Church. Let's pray through her intercession for each other as we move forward.
Today, as we re-open La Salle Centre, hopefully it is a moment you have chosen or if it is a moment that has chosen you, welcome back as we interact with each other as Lasallians who continue to serve the District. And as we are reminded daily; "we are all in this together!"