Coordinators of Young Lasallian programs from ten different countries across the Pacific Asia Regional Council (PARC) have networked and shared valuable insights into their work at a conference this month in the Philippines capital Manila.
The week-long conference was held from April 11 to 18 at De La Salle University-Dasmarinas- one of a number of universities in the Philippines, well known for their vibrant Lasallian culture.
The Assistant Director of Formation (Young Lasallians) in our District, Amanda Proulx said it was a great opportunity for those new to Lasallian youth ministry to deepen their understanding of Lasallian heritage and spirituality in a friendly and supportive environment.
"Representatives from each country were asked to present a report and share ideas and I definitely came away with fresh insights on how to adapt global Lasallian themes to meet the needs of individual countries", Amanda explains.
The conference focused specifically on Lasallian ministry in a multicultural and multifaith context- a key challenge across the region, particularly in countries like Australia, Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia.
The Lasallian Youth Minister for Pakistan, Br Rehman Javed represented his country at the event, as did his counterpart from Papua New Guinea, Dagia Aka.
Lasallian Mission Council board member and Youth Ministry Coordinator for the Diocese of Parramatta in Sydney, James Camden also attended the conference.
Amanda said it was a great opportunity to network with other Lasallian youth ministers and to explore ways to promote greater coordination of youth ministry programs across our District.
"And I hope that when this regional conference is held again, we can ensure that more representatives from our Young Lasallians team are able to attend the event because it really helps us to understand each others realities and apply fresh perspectives to our work", Amanda added.
The delegates also used the conference to start planning the 11th Asia Pacific Lasallian Youth Congress in December 2017 in the Philippines.