On Tuesday evening May 9th, over 80 attendees from across all eight Lasallian Sydney schools packed the function room at the Australian Catholic University's Strathfield Campus. This was the third successful Young Lasallians evening held with Br Visitor David Hawke after the inaugural Q & A style format held in March at St James College, Melbourne.
In attendance were a number of senior students, teachers, Principals, Lasallian facilitators and Youth Ministers from across all eight schools. The evening hosted by the Young Lasallian Team from Lasallian Mission Council, kicked off with pizza and carrot sticks and cucumbers for the health conscious.
The diversity of teachers and students from all Lasallian schools created quite the atmospheric buzz.
Br David told the group, "There really is a wonderful energy and enthusiasm in the room and to see the manner in which you all represent your schools and how you present yourselves, is really great to see."
Students happily mingled and engaged in animated discussions and confidently explored a variety of current day issues, not shying away from asking the introspective questions about community, service and the life commitment to vocation.
When asked what led him into the life of a De La Salle Bother, Br David answered the question openly and honestly. "That's a good question. I was taught in New Zealand by the De La Salle Brothers and their work and what they did had a tremendous impact on me.
The Young Lasallian Team are super excited (as they always are) to continue bringing the Lasallian community together and spread the good word about Youth Formation opportunities.
"The format of the evening is based on the success of the initial evening gathering event held in 2016 with the Superior General Br. Robert Schieler and Br. David Hawke at Casimir Catholic College in Marrickville.That program was so well received that we felt it was important to continue bringing the Lasallian community together. These events also empower students by giving them the opportunity to hear more about the mission and consider how they can play an active role in their school communities," explained Assistant Director of Formation, Amanda Proulx.
Click here to see photos from the Young Lasallians evening - Photo Gallery at ACU