IYBA 2013 Day 2

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Day two of the International Young Brothers’ Assembly continues at the De La Salle University-Dasmariñas (DLSU-D). The day started with a prayer. The delegates from the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN) headed the morning praise and meditation. The prayers were followed by the presentation of today’s resource person, Br. David Hawke FSC. He is currently the General Councilor of the Pacific-Asia Region.

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“I always find it encouraging and inspirational to be with Young Brothers and I am sure that the International Assembly will affirm this.” – Br. David Hawke FSC.

Br. David discussed today’s topic: Community Life.  He expounded on how the community supports every Brother to “have life and have it more abundantly.” He further explained that Saint John Baptist de La Salle meant for the Community to be an educational apostolate – a community of faith that is also apostolic and fraternal.

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Faith. Apostolic. Fraternal.

Afterwards, the Young Brothers were divided into seven groups with the aim of mapping out their dreams and concerns regarding Community Life. After their reflections, each group presented their findings to the entire assembly.  Although separated into groups and with different backgrounds, the Young Brothers were able to voice out somewhat similar dreams and concerns.

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The delegates mapping out their dreams and concerns.

The group, under the guidance of Br. David, then proceeded to refine these dreams and concern in order to present a concrete and unified proposition for the General Assembly.  Br. David began by expressing his excitement in working with the Young Brothers. He beckoned them to, “be a voice in the chapter.” Five priorities were synthesized from the Brothers’ initial contributions.

The day continued with individual reflections. This time, the Young Brothers were tasked to contemplate on how these dreams and concerns can be addressed. The reflections from the Brothers centered on taking the initiative and going beyond the ordinary, while others also suggested being “bearers of hope” – influencing their respective communities to share in the Mission. The discussions were fruitful, promoting a healthy exchange of ideas between the Young Brothers.

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A moment of quiet reflection.

From there, the seven groups were formed again; each one was tasked to come up with two proposals to sum up their collective thoughts.  The 14 proposals were presented to the assembly and were laid out at the center of the room. The 34 delegates were tasked to select two proposals – prioritizing what is most important to the Young Brothers. To help discern which proposals to select, the Brothers went into prayer, guided by their theme: “I came so that they may have life and have it more abundantly.”

The Brothers spent several minutes of quiet contemplation. Then, one by one, each Brother lighted their two candles – a representation of their voice in the Assembly – and set them down by their chosen proposal/s. It was a solemn moment; one that best expresses the spirituality and devotion of the Young Brothers in their pursuit of articulating the spirit of the IYBA.

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Voices of the IYBA.

Once everyone was finished, Br. Michael French FSC, also a Resource Speaker, led the assembly in a chant, the Sana Sananina, a South African hymn, which means “hosanna”. Clapping and chanting, the Brothers ended their voting with enthusiastic praise.

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Chanting with Br. Michael French FSC.

Later, the Assembly heard mass and had dinner at the Retreat and Conference Center (RCC). RELAN delegates then hosted socials at Hotel Rafael, also in DLSU-D.

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Thanksgiving mass for a successful day.

 

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