Posted by Julia Goonan
on 30 August 2019
August kicked off with a bang from our Young Lasallians. Over 100 students, staff and youth ministers gathered together on Tuesday the 13th of August, to talk all things Empowerment, and ignite what all these teens have in common, their love for being a Lasallians.
Students from many of the Sydney Lasallian high schools gathered at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) in Strathfield at 4pm, just finishing school, for a few hours of inspiring chats, games, food, and prayer. Each student had to apply to attend the event, and each school also had a staff member attend with them. One of the teachers that attended was Roxanne Leopardi, Lasallian Youth Leader Coordinator at Oakhill College in Castle Hill.Roxanne's feedback from the night, "Our Lasallian team have done such a great job of inspiring and showing what empowerment means to students and I think that because they have such a variety of people there, from different schools, economic backgrounds, cultures, they all came together, and they all found similarities within each other. They were all there for the same reason. They wanted to be, they shared faith, compassion, and they shared the Lasallian principles."
Sebastian Duhau, Lasallian Mission Services Retreats and Programs Coordinator presented a talk on empowerment, his journey to feeling empowered and it's impacts on his life. He told stories of being a Senior Leader at school to stories of St John Baptist de La Salle. He said, "you don't have to have the best ideas, or be the most creative or innovative person, to empower others and make a change in this world". Seb inspired the students with three top things you need, Desire, Need and People.
Another highlight from the night was the uniting sound of everyone singing the Tercentenary song. The claps, chants and atmosphere in the room had everyone on a high as they left the evening.
A student that attended the night said: "I've never felt more empowered and part of a community, it was great to see other students from different schools feeling the same way as I do."