Posted by Br. Thomas, Br. Francis Toliman CFC and Grace Wrakia
on 14 July 2021
In consultation with Lasallian School principals, the Papua New Guinea Lasallian Family Office organised an induction program for twenty-one new teachers from De La Salle College Bomana, Jubilee Catholic College Hohola and La Salle Technical College Hohola at Nazarene House of Prayer overlooking the Laloki River and the city of Port Moresby. Nazarene House of Prayer is owned and operated by the local congregation, the AD Sisters. Participants and facilitators took advantage of the quiet and calm surroundings to reflect and learn from each other and refocus on their calling as Teachers.
The program focused on three modules of Lasallian Formation; the Founding Story, Spirituality and Pedagogy and was presented by Miss Melinda Maro, Ms Grace Wrakia, Mr Michael Burke and Brothers Francis Toliman CFC, Alphonso Zonaetti FSC and Raffy Reyes FSC. The program allowed for individual reflection while also providing an opportunity for group discussion.
Overall, the Induction was well received and appreciated by those in attendance. The teachers expressed their appreciation for the challenging yet enriching program that allowed them to broaden their understanding of Lasallian Spirituality. Each session touched each person's heart positively in a different way and reignited their passion for teaching. The blend between Lasallian and Melanesian spirituality guided by the story of the Founder was well received and inspired participants both personally and professionally.
The Brother's attendance, support and guidance had a tremendous impact on the lay partners. One could almost say John Baptist de la Salle was around. It was recommended that the Induction program be offered to all teachers in Lasallian Schools and "Non-Lasallian Schools".
The Induction was an excellent opportunity for teachers to be part of the miracle, to journey in FAITH knowing God is forever present, to deepen each person's call to SERVICE in the teaching ministry and to build a COMMUNITY of Christian educators with a common mission: "Touch Hearts, Teach Minds and Transform Lives".
Due to the program's success, the PNG Lasallian Family National Office is working with the NCD Area Coordinators to develop another Lasallian Formation Retreat for teachers in NCD and Central Province at the end of July.
LIVE JESUS IN OUR HEARTS!