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LASSCA 2013 in Tucson: Feb. 24-27

Chris Fey, Julie Michels, and Bro. Chris Englert

Chris Fey, Julie Michels, and Bro. Chris Englert

The 2013 LASSCA (Lasallian Association of Secondary School Chief Administrators) Conference opened Sunday evening with the presentation of the first Brother Michael Collins Award of Excellence given to The Band Program at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, the oldest high school band in the United States. Immediate Past President of LASSCA Julie Michels (Totino-Grace) presented the award to Brother Chris, President, and Chris Fey, Principal, of CBHS. CONGRATULATIONS to CBHS!

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The Midwest District was represented by 35 participants, including chief administrators, board members, presenters, exhibitors, and Brothers Larry and Mark. The theme of this year’s conference was: “Sustainability and Viability: Let’s Accomplish Both!” Keynote presentations were done by Greg Kopra, Director of Formation for Mission, District of S.F.; Bro. William Mann, FSC, President of SMU; and Rev. James Heft, SM, President of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC.

Bro. William Mann, "The Challenge of Holding the Lasallian Baton"

Bro. William Mann, “The Challenge of Holding the Lasallian Baton”

District events included a special dinner on Monday night, a Tuesday breakfast meeting of the Presidents, and a District meeting Tuesday afternoon.

Sue Skinner (BSM). Kathie Brown (Holy Family) and Bro. Mark

Sue Skinner (BSM), Kathie Brown (Holy Family), and Bro. Mark

John O'Connor (O'Hara), Bro. Konrad (St. Pat's), Fr. Paul (DLSI) and Jim Segredo (Montini)

John O’Connor (O’Hara), Bro. Konrad (St. Pat’s), Fr. Paul (DLSI) and Jim Segredo (Montini)

Dr. Bill Hudson (TG) delivered the Closing Presentation with Greg Kopra.

Dr. Bill Hudson (TG) delivered the Closing Presentation with Greg Kopra.

A special highlight of the Conference was a visit to San Miguel High School in Tucson. For more information and photos of LASSCA 2013, visit the Region Website at:http://lasallian.info/

 

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CIL Update

Dr. Roxane Eubank particpating in a CIL work group.

We are now into Week 2 of CIL.  Last week we spent a great deal of time getting to know each other as well as getting an overview of what we would be doing for the next two to four weeks.  This week we are getting into the “meat” of the matter.  On Monday, Brother Diego Munoz from Venezuela spoke on the topic of Association and Vows. He did a good job of giving a narrative of the historical perspective on association from the beginning of the Institute to where we are today.  It really was quite fascinating.  Given the reality of the Institute today, it is now time for Lasallians to express their own identity. 

What is it we want? The idea of association being invitational continues to surface.  On Tuesday, Brother Charlie Kitson from DENA spoke about Circular 461 Associated for the Lasallian Mission…..an act of HOPE. He spoke about how the Circular came about and what has been the initial reaction to it.  He emphasized that all Lasallians can find themselves in this Circular.  We need to read it, reflect upon it, and discuss it with other Lasallians.  The future of the Lasallian mission is in our hands!  It is a future filled with HOPE.

On Tuesday afternoon the delegates from the Midwest District had an opportunity to meet with Brother Leonardo Teijio, Procurator General for the Institute.  He was able to clarify for us what can and cannot be done according to Canon Law.  We now have some direction in which to move.  A great deal of work lies ahead.  There is much to be shaped and formed.  It is an exciting time!

Bro. Dave Poos, FSC

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First Week at CIL on Lasallian Association

On Saturday, we went to Saint Peter’s Plaza and Basilica.  My first reactions was that is looked bigger on TV and it did largely because there were no points of reference for comparison at the time.  There were few people or other things to give a sense of the scale of the place.  We went into the Basilica and the experience was much the same.

Little by little though, I began to understand the immensity of the plaza and the Basilica.  I looked across the plaza and saw the tiny human figures lined up to go into the Basilica.  When inside the Basilica, someone was talking about the structure built over the altar and pointing out that it was eight stories high.  I saw some people looking like tiny dots way up in the copula.  Finally upon returning to the Generalate, I saw some photos of the workers who brought the statue of Saint La Salle into the Basilica and hoisted it up to its present position looking down on Saint Ignatius of Loyola.  Just the base of the statue was as tall as the person standing next to it in the photo and yet it looked rather small as we looked up at it from the ground level.

That has been my experience at CIL during this first week.  When we look at a map of the Lasallian world, we only get an inkling of its immensity.  We can find the countries and look at the city names, but it is hard to get any real sense of it until we have an opportunity to get a sense of scale by interacting with other Lasallians from around the world.

Three languages are used for presentations at CIL:  French, English, and Spanish.  Participants are divided into language groups for small group discussion.  My English speaking group has one from Memphis, New York, Philadelphia, and Moraga, CA.  We also have one from Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Rome.  Each has a different geography, history, and governmental structure.  Some are primarily in schools while others are forbidden by law from teaching in schools.

We share some things in common, but it is clear that there are profound differences.  One size will not fit all.  When we speak about Lasallian Association, it is difficult to imagine one approach working in every place.  Our cultures and histories are so very different.

This week we began to get to know one another.  We found things we had in common.  We welcomed and listened to one another.  We shared our experiences of Lasallian Association in our corners of the world.  We listened to presentations that showed us great challenges and great possibilities.  We began to work on our CIL projects.

For me it is clear that there are lots of possible approaches to Lasallian Association, but I wonder what can actually be sustained beyond the particular personal commitments of individuals?  What can be institutionalized?

Can we rely on sheer numbers to sustain Lasallian communities, i.e., lots of new people coming as others leave?

Do we need some system of long term commitment?  Do we need older experienced Lasallians to sustain younger and inexperienced?  How can we ensure that in the future?

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CIL Session Begins in Rome

Midwest District CIL Participants: Bro. Mark Snodgrass, Tina Bonacci, Roxanne Eubank, Bro. David Poos

The Midwest District’s CIL participants join a group of 78 brothers and partners from around the Institute to focus on Circular 461– “Associated for the Lasallian Mission …an act of HOPE.”  Participant Dr. Roxanne Eubank shares this about her experience so far: “Today (day two, Tuesday, November 9, 2010)– we started to really delve into the document and had a wonderful morning filled with thoughtful presentations and an afternoon filled with enlightening discussions.  We are looking forward to continuing the discussions and to reflecting on all we learn in light of our own Midwest realities.”

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