Posted by Merv McCormack
on 16 July 2019
After a long and distinguished career as a Lasallian educator, with significant appointments in Australia and in Rome, Br John Cantwell has decided to step back from his role as Director of Formation for the District of Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea (ANZPPNG). From Monday 22 July, John will move into the position of Director Emeritus of Formation where his extensive knowledge and expertise will be well utilised as the Lasallian Mission Services' (LMS) team undergoes restructure.
It will certainly not be a period of retirement for John- he will remain an important and respected facilitator at formation events throughout the District and beyond. Recently, for example, John again presented the Buttimer I course in New York.
John has also been the prime mover in designing, developing and managing Together for Mission, the new formation course which will be presented for the first time later this year. The course has already attracted an international audience. As well, John will continue as a foundation member of the Gerard Rummery Institute, the body charged with oversight of the District's formation programs. John's academic expertise also extends to his faculty membership of BBI- TAITE, a leading provider of theological education in the Asia- Pacific.
It is pleasing to announce that Ms Amanda Proulx, currently Director of Young Lasallians, has accepted appointment as the new Director of Formation. Amanda brings substantial experience and considerable expertise to the position and since joining ANZPPNG from the United States in January 2016, has established a very fine reputation throughout the District for her skilful leadership. She has for some time been engaged in adult formation and has certainly enriched that work. Amanda will commence her new duties on 22 July 2019.
Br John Pill will continue in his role as Director of Lasallian Identity, and Br Peter Ryan, having recently concluded doctoral studies at Fordham University, is welcomed to the formation team in the newly created role of Director of Mission Integration. The work of Brs John and Peter will be clarified over coming months as these substantial changes to the LMS formation team are embedded for 2020 and beyond.
Equally pleasing is that Mr Phillipe Dulawan, currently Senior Youth Ministry Coordinator, has accepted the position of Assistant Director Young Lasallians. Phil's reputation and knowledge of Lasallian youth matters in the District is highly regarded.
I offer my sincere appreciation to the above colleagues for their continuing commitment to the Lasallian mission throughout the District of ANZPPNG, and to formation, in particular. The District is fortunate to have a formation team with such expertise and enthusiasm.
With every best wish,
Lasallian Mission Council