RELEM MEL Assembly 2018 – Final declaration

Primera Asamblea MEL de la RELEM – Lunes 15 de octubre 2018

Ayer comenzó la I Asamblea de la Misión Educativa (AMEL) de la RELEM (Región Lasaliana Europea Mediterráneo) con la acogida del director de la Casa Generalizia, del Vicario General y del Consejero General de la RELEM. 70 participantes, llegados de los diferentes distritos y delegaciones de la región, se encuentran en Roma para reflexionar juntos sobre los medios que permitirán dinamizar nuestra red y mejorar el trabajo conjunto.
Esta AMEL actualiza la herencia de San Juan Bautista de La Salle que nos enseña a “mover los corazones” pero que ante todo nos recuerda sin cesar la importancia de innovar en la educación. Colcando la asociación en el corazón de la escuela, el Fundador nos recuerda que la primera cualidad de un líder es la colaboración y el trabajo común que nos permite superar los desafíos que encontramos.
De hecho, la RELEM también encuentra algunos desafíos. En los últimos 10 años, la Región ha experimentado cambios y reestructuraciones profundas y, sin duda, hoy también está llamada a seguir transformándose. De hecho, sus características son también su fortaleza: 20 idiomas, 23 paises y otras tantas realidades sociales, económicas y políticas. Esta diversidad es lo que constituye el motor de esta Región en las varias sinergias que aparecen y las dinámicas que surgen a partir de ahí. Y, a pesar de esto, no está exenta de seguir creciendo interrogándose sobre tres ejes que, según el Comité de Preparación de la AMEL, parecen esenciales:
– Preservar y evaluar la identidad lasaliana de sus obras educativas
– Asegurar la formación en torno a la herencia y el carisma lasaliano
– Definir estructuras para la organización de la misión lasaliana


Esta primera jornada fue una oportunidad para debatir el tema de la identidad lasaliana en la Región a partir de las 7 propuestas que fueron discutidas en grupos y cuyas modificaciones enriquecieron el documento marco. Los 9 distritos y delegaciones han subrayado la calidad del trabajo realizado y su entusiasmo por las iniciativas que supondrá esta nueva AMEL.

Première Assemblèe MEL de la RELEM Lunedi 15 Octobre 2018

Hier s’est ouvert la première Assemblée de la Mission Éducative Lasallienne (MEL) de la RELEM (Région Lasallienne Europe Méditerranée) par l’accueil du directeur de la Casa Généralice, du Vicaire Général et du Conseiller Général de la RELEM. 70 participants, issus des différents districts et délégations de la région, se sont donnés rendez-vous à Rome, à la Casa Généralice pour réfléchir ensemble aux moyens qui permettront de dynamiser notre réseau et de mieux encore travailler ensemble.


Cette MEL se place directement dans l’héritage de Saint Jean-Baptiste de La Salle qui nous a appris à toucher les coeurs mais qui nous rappelle surtout sans cesse l’importance d’oser, en matière d’éducation. En plaçant l’association au coeur de son école, le fondateur nous rappelle que la qualité première d’un leader, c’est la collaboration, le travail commun pour parvenir à surmonter les défis qui sont les nôtres.
En terme de défis, la RELEM n’est pas en reste. En l’espace de 10 ans, la Région a connu des mutations et des restructurations profondes et, sans doute, elle est encore amenée à se transformer. Pourtant, elle se fait une force de ses spécificités : 20 langues, 23 pays et autant de réalités sociales, économiques et politiques. Cette diversité, c’est ce qui constitue l’énergie de cette Région à travers la synergie qu’on y rencontre, le dynamisme qui s’y développe. Néanmoins, elle n’est pas exempte de devoir évoluer encore en s’interrogeant sur trois axes qui sont apparus comme essentiels au comité de préparation de la MEL :
– Préserver et évaluer l’identité lasallienne de nos établissements
– Assurer la formation autour de l’héritage et de l’ethos lasalliens
– Définir les structures pour l’organisation de la mission lasallienne


Cette première journée fut l’occasion d’interroger la question de l’identité lasallienne dans la Région au travers de 7 propositions qui ont été discutées en groupes avant modifications pour enrichir le document. Les 9 districts et délégation ont souligné la qualité du travail fourni et témoigné de leur enthousiasme à la pensée des initiatives que prendra cette nouvelle AMEL.

First RELEM MEL Assembly Monday 15th October 2018

Yesterday, the first Lasallian Educational Mission (MEL) Assembly of the RELEM Region was inaugurated at the Motherhouse in Rome. The delegates were welcomed by the Director General of the Motherhouse, by the Vicar General and by the Regional Councellor for RELEM.
There were seventy participants, coming from different Districts and Delegations of the Region meeting in Rome.


These delegates gathered to reflect together on how to promote better networking and to animate the mission into the future together.
This Lasallian Educational Mission (MEL) evolves directly from the spiritual heritage of St. John Baptist De La Salle who taught us to “touch hearts” and that call us unceasingly to dare.
Placing Association at the heart of the educational project, our Founder invites us to lead in “collaboration”, to work together in order to overcome personal deficiencies.
The Region is developing. In the space of ten years, the Region has known innumerable changes and profound re-structuring. Without doubt, the Region will continue to develop.
In the meantime, this Region has specific gifts and challenges. People speak 20 languages in the 23 different countries where the Region is situated. Twenty three different cultural, social, economic and political realities.
This diversity is also the basis for the energy experienced here.
Nevertheless, the Region is still being called to:
– Preserve the Lasallian identity of our establishments
– Ensure Formation on the heritage and Lasallian ethos
– Define the structures for the organisation of the Lasallian Mission


On this first day it was opportune to pose the Lasallian identity question in the Region through the 7 propositions which were discussed in groups prior to changes in order to enrich the final document.
The 9 Districts and Delegations underlined the quality of work preparation. This is attested by the witness and enthousiasm reflected in the thinking and the initiatives which will be undertaken by this new AMEL.

Lasallian Women’s Gathering

During the Year of Lasallian Vocations, the Distirct of Ireland, Great Britain and Malta will be hosting a gathering for Lasallian Women of the District and beyond. the gathering will take place 21-24 July, 2019 at one of the District’s Pastoral and Retreat Centres, St. Cassian’s Retreat Centre in Kintbury, England.

The goals of the gathering will include an opportunity:

  • to provide Lasallian Formation arround the role of women from the founding story to today
  • to offer reflection on living the Lasallian Vocation as women (single, married, mothers, other women religious)
  • to examine the role Association for Mission for women in the mission today
  • to grow a network support and community of women in the District ans Region

In the sprit os solidarity and cotinued conllaboration in the Region, and in the light of this year’s theme, Lasallians without Frontiers, we are deligted to welcome up to two women from each District in RELEM. The gathering will be in English so it wil lbe important that participants be proficient in English in order to get the most out of the programme. The approximate cost of the programme will be L 200 not including airfare and travel to the retreat centre.

Teh planning committee will be in touch in September 2018 with furter details.

Brother Laurence Hughes

Provincial

Naughton Scholarship

Congratulations to Harry Foley, who completed his Leaving Cert this year at De La Salle College, has been awarded a €20,000 Naughton Foundation Scholarship following a ceremony which took place in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Trinity College Dublin on Saturday.

Naughton ScholarshipHarry has also accepted a place at National University of Ireland, Galway studying Engineering. Supporting academic and innovative excellence in Irish students, this Scholarship Award is an investment in the future of Ireland’s reputation as a country with outstanding graduates.  In 2008 the scheme started in 3 counties and has continued to expand annually to become the nationwide program it is today.

De La Salle College Dundalk

Boarders’ activity: it’s a knockout!

The new term has begun and with a welcome BBQ and a full weekend of activities the boarders have enjoyed their first week back at St John’s.

Thankfully the weather cleared up nicely after the wet Friday evening, the sun was out and allowed for a full day of sport. Saturday morning saw the first of our girls’ hockey fixtures, and it was good to see some of the new boarders involved with these straight away. There was Rugby training for the Senior School boys at our Playing Fields, plus football and netball for the Junior Boarders.

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On Sunday, the whole Boarding Community enjoyed ‘It’s a Knockout’: a challenge event, which involves lots of inflatable fun! The event was thankfully moved to the morning and whilst it was cloudy with a few showers, everyone got into the spirit of things and enjoyed themselves on the inflatable games. Miss Dry’s team were the eventual winners after collecting the most golden tokens in the final game of the ‘Crystal Dome’ – congratulations to them!

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