Lasallian celebration in Poland
On 6 and 7 April 2019 in the House of Formation in Kopiec, Lasallians from Poland celebrated the 300th anniversary of the death of the Founder, Saint John Baptist de La Salle.
The celebration was attended by representatives of communities from all over the District.
The meeting began with the Holy Mass celebrated by the local Bishop, Dr Andrzej Przybylski. The bishop gave a very valuable sermon, speaking of the extraordinary gift that is the vocation of the Brothers, their mission and the need for their work in today’s world.
After the Mass, all present were invited to a festive meal. It was an opportunity to exchange experiences and build a community. Meetings in smaller groups were held in the afternoon, giving an opportunity to learn about each centre’s work and our various successes and challenges.
The day ended with a barbecue on the pitch in Kopiec.
The next day began with a Mass, after which a meeting of directors took place. Brorher Visitor Marian Szamrej expressed his gratitude to the gathered Brothers and lay partners for for the daily work and the commitment they put in to fulfill their duties.
Ms. Jolanta Szczudłowska, the director of St John Baptist de La Salle Kindergarten in Gdańsk, presented very personal reflections on her work based on Lasallian pedagogy,
It was followed by brother Janusz Robionek’s presenting main objectives of MEL – Lasallian Educational Mission.
Mrs. Anna Sarad, the Director of the Primary School in Gdansk, acquainted all participants with the opportunities of formation, Lasallian activities in the District and in the Region and at the same time strongly encouraged to participate in them. Everyone received an invitation to participate in the ASSEDIL Congress which will take place in Gdańsk in April 2020.
The celebrations were an extraordinary opportunity to build a sense of community that adds a lot of strength to our everyday work.