"God is able to do great things through the humble because humility is like a void that leaves room for God." St John Baptist de La Salle
Recently, the Area Coordinators of the Papua New Guinea National Family attended a Leaders' Gathering held at the Country Women's Association in Madang Papua New Guinea, to reflect on the 2020 Institute/District theme "Great Things Are Possible".
Area Coordinators attended from AROB, Jiwaka, Aitape, Kokopo, Vanimo, Goroko, West New Britain, Enga, Central, Western Highlands, NCD and Port Moresby. Br Thomas Yapo, Sector Coordinator, Grace Wrakia, Lasallian Family Coordinator and Kate Mason, District Communications Manager, were also in attendance.
WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE OF THE GATHERING?
A key component of the Conference was to workshop the District Plan 2018-2022 as well as an opportunity to:
learn from each other - discuss highlights and challenges;
key events such as the Papua New Guinea Women's' Symposium 2021, Together for Mission, PARC Lasallian Research Conference, International Programs, Formation programs;
Affiliating Schools etc
Kate Mason, District Communications Manager, provided a workshop on the Communications needs of the District and effective blog writing as well as addressing the difference between Institute, Region, District and Sector. Kate highlighted the importance of sharing one's story, forward planning and the sharing of knowledge and resources.
(Keep an eye out on the District Blog to read the inspiring stories of the Area Coordinators.)
The National Family Handbook was launched with all Area Coordinator's making the following pledge:
"Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In your presence and moved by the spirit of faith and zeal, we renew our Lasallian commitment with you We, lay persons, Brothers and Sisters, aware of our Christian vocation inspired by the charism of St. John Baptist de La Salle, commit ourselves to associate and live in communion as a Lasallian Family.
We promise to;
Form communities that are open, inclusive, creative and faithful to our Christian Lasallian heritage, that visualize and respond to the future needs of young people, today.
To strengthen our communities in prayer, joy and fidelity to the charism of the Founder.
To creatively respond to the challenges of new realities in our PNG societies by walking together with those most in need and accompanying all those entrusted to our care.
To be living witnesses of Jesus with the poor, "together and by association'
God of fidelity, who wants "all human beings to be saved and to come to know the truth", give us the strength of your spirit so that we may be faithful to this commitment and thus collaborate in the evangelizing task entrusted to us by your son Jesus. We ask this through Our Lady of the Star, queen and mother of the Christian Schools.
In faith, of which we make this commitment."
The handbook sets out the responsibilities of family members, identifying roles and leadership. A copy of the Papua New Guinea Lasallian Family Handbook can be found here.
Area Coordinators showed overwhelming commitment staying up to 3:00 am to take advantage of the time they had together, ensuring sufficient time was given to planning, reflection and the work given to them.
Recently the area of Madang experienced serious criminal unrest. Special thanks to all those that attended the Conference during a disturbing time. Thankfully nobody was affected by the unrest.
Thank you to Lasallian family Members- Pia and Leanne - who provided meals throughout the gathering.
WHAT IS THE LASALLIAN FAMILY?
Founded by Br Ignatius Kennedy FSC in 1997, now has 410 Members, the Lasallian Family Papua New Guinea, coordinated by Ms Grace Wrakia, National Coordinator, is an integral part of the District. With the vision of providing a Human and Christian education to young people, especially the marginalized the Papua New Guinea National Family aims to:
revitalize and energize effective teaching and learning.
ensure formation and professional support for Lasallians , especially those in remote areas.
be active in addressing issues that affect human and Christian education of young people.
empower youths in the Lasallian Youth Ministry.
increase membership of Lasallian teachers.
ensure it is financially sustainable.
In order to become a Member of the Papua New Guinea Lasallian Family, you must be;
a teacher/ educator who has gone through the Lasallian Induction and has been certified.
a principal or head teacher of a Lasallian (associated) school.
Endorsed or recommended by a Lasallian Leader.