Posted by Br John Cantwell
on 17 May 2021
This program provides an opportunity to reflect on our work with or on behalf of young people. Overlooking Moreton Bay and North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah), the Centre is a very pleasant place in which to relax, reflect and enjoy the company of others who serve in different Lasallian workplaces yourtown and schools.
We begin with drinks on Sunday evening, followed by dinner, a social opportunity to begin getting to know one another. In the mornings, we start with a short time of reflection/prayer, followed by a working session, morning tea, a second working session and lunch. The time after lunch is free for resting or exercise or both. Afternoon tea follows, then a working session before drinks and dinner. There are no evening work sessions. The program finishes after lunch on Wednesday, to give people time to return home by evening.
Our main focus, as always, is on young people and the ways in which we serve them. In this program we will look at some of the contemporary data on the lives of young Australians. We will consider the particular situation and needs, present and ongoing, of Generation Alpha, the older members of which are now finishing primary school. What are their strengths, and what, for example, does yourtown research tells us about their challenges?
This is the age group for whom the first Lasallians in seventeenth century France began to build an effective approach to their education and wellbeing. What changes did they make? How effective were they? What can we learn from them about working together as 'brother and sister'? Who are 'the poor' in our own institutions, and how can we best continue to serve their needs?
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