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The Lasallian Youth Gathering has arrived!

Posted on 12 July 2017
The Lasallian Youth Gathering has arrived!

Answering the Call: One Call, Many Voices

After all the preparation, sweat and some tears, the first day of the Lasallian Youth Gathering 2017 (LYG17) went off with quite the bang. With a stunning display of diversity and vibrancy, 254 delegates from the District of ANZPPNG, filled the hall at De La Salle College, Ashfield marking the largest Lasallian Mission Council's youth gathering to date.

As the minutes and seconds ticked closer to the official commencement of the LYG, Youth Minsters (the awesome) Sebastian Duhau, Joanne Doueihi and the LYG Band, ensured the audience was well warmed up by a few decibels, paving the way for Brother David Hawke's welcoming address and Acknowledgement of Country. 

Clearly overwhelmed by the diversity of countries present, Br David Hawke said, "What an amazing turnout and what an impressive representation of our vibrant ANZPPNG District. We have a large contingency of students from both New Zealand and Australia {insert cheers and whoops}, Papua New Guinea alone has fifty delegates here today {insert more loud cheering and whoops}. And for the very first time, the Sector of Pakistan has made history with 15 delegates participating in their first Lasallian Youth Gathering."

Br David got the think tanks going early by asking: "If God called you, what would God say"? After many colourful responses, Br David spoke of the take home message: "Jesus' ONE VOICE called the twelve apostles and many other disciples to give MANY VOICES to his message: The Gospel."

Still in mid-swing from July 10-14, students and adult Lasallians at LYG are participating in tailored workshops and keynote presentations. By early morning of day two, the mingling of students from the different countries and schools was well and truly underway. Walking through the playground on breaks, students from Armidale, Melbourne, Perth, New Zealand and Pakistan were excitedly sitting together while awaiting their next workshop.

When questioned on their LYG experience to date, all answered in unison, "so far, it's been awesome!"

LYG has an amazing variety of interactive workshops and live panel discussions concerning Vocations, teachings of De La Salle, being a Lasallian in all professions and finding ways to continue the Lasallian journey during and after school. Such topics just scratch the surface around the rich offerings available at LYG17 (view program).

Day 3 will see students participating in a range of Service activities throughout Sydney, such as clean-up Australia locations, planting trees in the local community, packing and preparing a container bound for Papua New Guinea Schools, providing maintenance in a local Brothers' Community, assisting people with disabilities, and creating artwork for the four Sectors of the ANZPPNG District.

On Thursday July 13, the formal LYG17 program will draw to a close with a celebratory Mass at St Mary's Cathedral, St Marys Rd, Sydney commencing at 11am.

You can follow all the live action on the YoungLasalliansANZPPNG Facebook page: Young Lasallians Facebook page

For more photos, view the Lasallian Youth Gathering 2017 photo gallery

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