One of the enriching dimensions of several schools in the Lasallian network is that they also belong to different networks of tradition.
It was therefore, a joyous gathering on Wednesday 22 March, when the Director of Formation Br John Cantwell and Assistant Director Amanda Proulx from Lasallian Mission Services, collaborated with Sr Berenice Cornish to facilitate a staff program at Holy Spirit College, Lakemba.
At the invitation of Principal Phillip Scollard, ten members of staff new to the College came together to reflect on the two charisms that are entrenched in the heritage of Holy Spirit College: the Josephite and the Lasallian charisms.
These two charisms were first seen within the long story of women and men who founded communities devoted to the education of underprivileged young people. Sr Berenice outlined the rich religious and social history of Lakemba and of Holy Spirit College, before telling the story of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.
Br John Cantwell and Amanda Proulx spoke to the story of John Baptist de La Salle and the pedagogical values of the early Brothers. Throughout the course of the day, the many parallels between the two stories, and the spirituality and educational values of the two Founders, became very apparent.
The members of staff who participated, were able to make some illuminating connections between the two charisms and their own work with the young people of Holy Spirit College.
For more information about our courses please email Director of Formation Br John Cantwell.