Posted by: admin in: ● July 13, 2013
CBU Hosts Lasallian Youth Gathering
The heat and humidity of Memphis, TN did not keep Midwest District Lasallian Youth from gathering together at Christian Brothers University June 23-28. Students from the Twin Cities, Chicago, St. Louis, Tulsa, and Cincinnati joined students from Memphis in a week-long gathering grounded in the Lasallian pillars of faith, service, and community. Each day of the gathering had its own theme including social justice, being called to serve, paying it forward, and being a voice for change. Highlights from the gathering included a trip to the National Civil Rights Museum (incorporating a once-in-a-lifetime walk on the balcony where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated), a talk from Br. Terence McLaughlin, FSC (former principal of Christian Brothers High School who integrated CBHS when the first African-American student was enrolled in an all-White high school in Memphis) and a talk from Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles (who worked along-side Dr. King and was present at the time of his assassination.)
In addition to the examination of racial and social injustice through the lens of the Civil Rights Movement, Lasallian Youth also provided direct service to the poor, volunteering for several days at various service sites across the Memphis area. When asked to describe their experience at the gathering in one word or phrase, students reported that it was “Eye-opening… Enlightening… Inspirational… Amazing… Life Changing.”
A huge thank you goes out to the staff of CBU for all the hard work they put into the gathering. Plans are already underway for the Lasallian Youth gathering for next summer, which will be held at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.