Posted by Julia Goonan
on 10 April 2019
At the beginning of March, our Young Lasallian Team have partnered with the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst and the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta. In the past, there has been an immense connection between the Lasallian Mission Council and both of these dioceses, however, there have been significant events that took place in February and March, that have sealed a long-lasting partnership with the dioceses.
In the first week of March, the Lasallian Mission Council's Senior Youth Minister, Philippe Dulawan and Retreats and Programs Coordinator, Sebastian Duhau, led three days of training in leadership and mentoring for students at James Sheehan Catholic High School in Orange. The three days provided over 260 people, including students from years 7 and 11 and teachers, with training from our Making Missionary Disciple Framework. This has enabled the students and staff of James Sheehan to implement a more effective initiative in their school when it comes to retreats, reflections and faith within the school. The three-day training program was the beginning of the partnership of support for training of the youth ministers within the diocese. This partnership will continue throughout the coming year as Philippe and Sebastian continue to run reflection days and retreat days for the Students of the school in Orange.
In late February, another partnership was established with the Parramatta Catholic Education Department. This involved over 100 teachers from the Parramatta Diocese Faith in Action Team that attended a day of formation. The day was based around sharing stories in ministry models, evoking the primary and secondary teachers to embrace effective youth ministry within the schools in the diocese. This will be an ongoing collaboration throughout the year, with planned events in July for year 9 and 10 students for a retreat gathering across the Parramatta diocese. Photos include teachers participating in activities at the James Sheehan workshop and all of the students that participated in the day.