Sixty-seven Lasallians, 56 Brothers and 11 partners, are gathered in Rome at the Generalate for a two-week CIL session with the topic of Pastoral Ministry for Vocations. Thirty- eight districts are represented. Most of the Brothers will remain for an additional three weeks to continue the discussions.
During the first week there have been two presenters, Sister Enrica Rosanna, FMA and Brother Robert. Sister set a context for the CIL sessions with lots of stories and examples all delivered in true Italian style. Br. Robert, in true French style, reviewed the stages of development in anyone’s journey and invited us to make application to the vocation journey of a young person.
As expected the best part of the program is the richness of the relationships with Lasallians from around the world. I note I am the oldest among the group and am amazed at the many young Brothers in several parts of the world. In just the few days we have been here, I have had conversation with Brothers from Egypt, India, Hongkong, Africa, Mexico, Spain, Australia, Italy, Philippines, Malta, Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Japan, the Districts of Bogota and Colombo. The picture attached is one of Brother Victor Gutierrez, a Brother from Mexico who ministers in Japan. He is a former student of Br. James Roszak.
Br. Alan is having the time of his life. His ability to understand and speak Spanish and universal sense of humor serves him well.
We just returned from a full day at Assisi where I spent the entire day walking with two Brothers from India and one from Colombo. So far, it is the highlight of the CIL experience for me.