LEAD Senior Brothers Assembly

Thirty-eight Brothers aged 60 and above gathered last 13 to 15 February for the first LEAD Senior Brothers Assembly hosted by De La Salle University-Dasmariñas and De La Salle Health Sciences Institute in Dasmariñas City, Philippines. Br. Michael Meister of the District of San Francisco was the resource speaker during the three-day Assembly. During the first day, the Brothers visited the newly built retirement community attached to the medical school hospital. On the second day, the Brothers went to De La Salle Lipa for lunch and the groundbreaking of their retreat centre. Afterwards they went to the PARC Novitiate and visited the Memorial Cloister where they prayed for the Brothers buried there. They also spent time with the Novices before heading to a mountain resort in Tagaytay City for a supper hosted by a former student, Mr. Jose Pardo. The final day saw a number of Young Brothers engaging the Senior Brothers in a dialogue and sharing of stories. The assembly culminated with a Mass and a special program and dinner.

From LEAD Story 132

Br. Sockie and Br. Richie to Participate in 45th General Chapter

 Br. Sockie dela Rosa FSC  Br. Richie Yap FSC

Br. Sockie De La Rosa FSC has been appointed by Brother Superior General as a capitulant to the 45th General Chapter. The Rule states that “the Superior General, with the consent of his Council, may name up to ten supplementary delegates to ensure better representation”. Sockie’s participation is with voice and vote and he is there as a Young Brother.

Br. Richie Yap FSC, LEAD Administrator, has accepted the invitation to coordinate the Liturgy Committee of the Chapter. He will be one of three who will oversee the main liturgies of the 45th General Chapter. Our warmest congratulations to Br. Sockie and Br. Richie!

Republished from LEAD Story No. 120


Hong Kong Lasallian Volunteers Formation Trip

 Photo by Keane Palatino

An overseas formation trip to the Philippines was organized by the Hong Kong Lasallian Volunteers last 15 to 22 June 2013. The volunteers experience various community services done in the country. 

Their formation experience began on their second day, with a Street Walk in Commonwealth, an exposure program that gave the volunteers first hand experience of the living conditions of street children. This was followed by a visit to the Kuya Center, a home for street children aimed at rehabilitation and reconciliation. 

Next, they visited Bahay Pag-Asa (The House of Hope), located in De La Salle University-Dasmarinas (DLSU-D). The center aims to nurture Children-in-Conflict with the Law (CICL). The volunteers took part in a two-day program with the residents. 

Lastly, the volunteers also visited Gawad Kalinga (GK) in Baseco. 

Throughout their trip, the volunteers were also able to visit five different campuses in the Philippines – La Salle Green Hills (LSGH), De La Salle University (DLSU), De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB), De La Salle University-Dasmarinas (DLSU-D), and De La Salle Health Sciences Institute (DLSHSI). Below is an excerpt from their reflection paper:

“The delegates were deeply touched by the community service done by the Lasallians in the Philippines. The Filipino Lasallian brothers and sisters also showed their warm hospitality to the participants. 

The Hong Kong Lasallian Volunteers Formation Trip 2013 was indeed an eye-opening and memorable experience for the participants. Even though we have been told of the social realities from various corners of the world, the impact and influence can never be the same as witnessing it with our own eyes. We are glad that the Lasallian brothers and sisters are taking care of the less fortunate in response to the call of Saint La Salle. With the experience and success of the trip, a similar trip for the new volunteers would likely be held in a few years time. “