As a culminating event for Catholic Schools Week, which was focused on the Parable of the Mustard Seed, De La Salle Institute in Chicago hosted a Faith Symposium entitled “Nurturing Our Faith”.
Bro. Kevin Fitzgerald shares his vocation story.
This special day involved over 50 presenters – Eight Christian Brothers and many nationally renowned individuals from local ministries, universities, and social-service organizations. Our two campuses joined together for a day of exploring faith from a variety of perspectives – grief, humor, music, immigration, trauma, cultural awareness, intimacy, post-graduate volunteer programs, the Enneagram, ethical investing, and story-telling, to name a few. The day began with a Mass, followed with a rotation of four workshop sessions, and ended with a keynote presentation, “Take a Risk for God’s Sake” by Dr. Terry Nelson-Johnson.
In a written reflection from the day, one student wrote, “It just fascinated me that there are many jobs and people out there in the world that we don’t see on television, or hear on the radio. There are more people making a living by changing the lives of other people – that was what fascinated me about the Faith Symposium. Something that I took away is that faith is with us every day of our lives, even if we don’t realize it.” Another student said, “I feel that overall the day was helpful and really got me to challenge my faith and rethink my priorities and the things I listen to – and that sometimes we need to take a leap of faith in order to experience things we never knew before.”
While an event such as this requires a great deal of time and preparation, it was clear that our young people are yearning to know more about their faith through creative experiences which will speak to them in the way that traditional practices do not. Adults and students alike were pleasantly surprised by the amount of positive energy for the day and we are excited to see the results of the seeds that were planted.
Bro. James Wegesin shares the history of De La Salle Institute.
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