Youth ministry programs have been greatly enhanced through the appointment of American theologian and campus minister Amanda Proulx as Assistant Director of Formation for Young Lasallians.
Amanda, who was campus minister at La Salle Academy in Providence, Rhode Island, has taken up her position in Sydney today.
"I'm excited to be working in such a dynamic district of the Lasallian family", Amanda explains.
"I'm really looking forward to visiting schools and meeting with Young Lasallians from across Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Pakistan in my new role".
Amanda holds a Master's degree in Pastoral Ministry from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and has extensive experience as a campus minister and religious studies teacher at La Salle Academy.
She has also played a key role in vocations ministry for the School Sisters of Notre Dame and is a former youth minister at St Mark's Parish in Sutton, Maine.
Amanda has also completed studies through the Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies and has taught Christian Scriptures, Lasallian Discipleship and Vocation.
She greatly admires the way the Young Lasallians work in such diverse contexts in our district from the urban centres of Melbourne and Auckland through to remote communities in Western Australia and the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea.
"But there are universal principles which unite all youth ministers no matter where they are working", Amanda explains.
"We are all called to value the individuality of each young person no matter what culture or context we are working in around the world and I'm looking forward to building upon the great work that is being undertaken in our district and bringing some fresh insights and perspectives to it based upon my own background in campus ministry in the United States".