RELAN Young Brothers Gathering

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“They Shall Call Themselves Brothers” is the theme of Circular 466.  This Circular addresses the vocation and Brother’s role in the Lasallian mission in the 21st Century.  It is also what set the foundation for a weekend’s gathering of the “Brothers in Initial Formation” of RELAN (the North American Lasallian Region).  Thirteen Brothers, both Postulants and those in annual vows, had the opportunity to reflect on this topic with one purpose in mind: to articulate our hopes, concerns, and commitments as young Brothers.  Brothers serving in formation ministry also participated in the gathering.

The gathering provided the Brother Postulants and Brothers in annual vows a time for fraternal dialogue infused with honesty and passion about major themes associated with the Brother’s life:

  • Consecrated and Spiritual Life
  • Community Life
  • Association for the Educational Service of the Poor
  • Educational Service of the Poor
  • Vocations
  • Accompaniment and Initial Formation

Reflecting on this topics meant looking at current day realities and discussing how we can best respond to the needs that exist, while remaining rooted in the Gospel and the gift of our history as an Institute.

This summer the first ever International Young Brothers Assembly will take place in Manila, Philippines; forty delegates will represent the various parts of the Lasallian world.  There is no doubt that this specific gathering allowed the Brothers to prepare for this historic event, especially for the three delegates representing RELAN.

By the conclusion of the event, the Brothers had developed a statement on their reflection on each of the themes listed above.  This document will be shared with the Region in the near future.

On a personal note, I must say that this gathering provided me with great hope.  It gave me a sense of a brotherhood that is deeply rooted in being faithful men: faithful to our mission to provide a human and Christian education to the poor, faithful to one another knowing we are called to work together and by association, and faithful to the Gospel aware of our call to be Christ to those we serve, work with, and our Brothers.  Great work remains and so we left with one major challenge: putting into action the commitments we articulated so as to ensure that the mission continues to be lived each day.

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