Posted by Merv McCormack on 12 March 2021

"Approximately thirty-eight Lasallian leaders representing all Sectors of the ANZPPNG District gathered for a one-hour zoom meeting on 1 March hosted by Lasallian Mission Services. After introductions, Lasallian Youth Ministry Coordinator Maddy Forde led the Acknowledgement of Country and opening prayer.

"Br David, Visitor, followed, providing opening remarks. Quoting Hebrews 6: 10-12, 'God is not unjust, so as to forget your works and the love you have shown for his name, or your past and present ministry to the saints', he spoke of the 44 Lasallian schools and other ministries across the District, the work at yourtown across six States of Australia, the ministry at the La Salle Centre itself, and the almost 32,000 students across the four countries of the District. He expressed his 'deep appreciation for the successes of 2020 in the unforeseen circumstances', which COVID presented. He reminded participants that: "You are Part of the Miracle: Our Vision, Our Passion, Our Future", and that this can be realised with Lasallian zeal, within the certainty of Christian hope.

"Br Peter Ryan, Director of Formation for Mission, as the keynote speaker, referred to the Declaration on the Lasallian Educational Mission (2020) focussing on:

  • Our Living Lasallian Heritage (Why we do what we do?)
  • Participants involved in the Lasallian Educational Mission (Who are the stakeholders?)
  • Inspiring and Enduring Fundamentals of the Lasallian Educational Heritage (What are the essentials?)
  • Looking to the Future Challenges of the Lasallian Educational Mission (Where do we go from here?)
  • Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis's encyclical on fraternity and social friendship.
  • Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on his text Morality 

"A short breakout session then allowed participants the opportunity to re-engage and respond to Br Peter's presentation.  Julie Alibrandi, LMC Director of Operations, Br Adrian Watson, Acting CEO of the Lasallian Foundation, and Joanne Nehme, LMS's Development and Projects Officer, then spoke to various goals which included aligning financial and material support offered by ANZ to PPNG, such as provided through 'Twinning' and the 'Women of Hope' projects.

"This District- wide zoom meeting for leaders was the first of a series of such meetings which will occur throughout the year. The limited time of 60 minutes per meeting deliberately aims to be a user- friendly gathering for busy Lasallians".


Author:Merv McCormack
About: Merv is the Executive Director of the Lasallian Mission Council.
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