Monthly Archives: January 2014


LV Alums to Represent RELAN at International Symposium of Young Lasallians

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Three former Lasallians Volunteers are among the 11 delegates representing the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN) at the upcoming 3rd International Symposium of Young Lasallians:

  • Jolleen Wagner, LV Director who served as an LV at San Miguel Schools Chicago – Gary Comer Campus (2004-2007)
  • Sarah Laitinen, teacher at The San Miguel School of Providence, RI, who served as an LV at the same school (2007-2009)
  • Chris Swain, Director of Community at Justin-Siena High School in Napa, CA, who served as an LV at the former San Miguel School in Camden, NJ (2004-2006).

The former LVs and fellow delegates will blog daily from the symposium, which will take place in Rome February 9-15, 2014. The objective of the gathering is to develop common and international Young Lasallian Mission Objectives for the Young Lasallian (YL) Movement across the Lasallian Network into the future. It will also address those recommendations from the International Mission Assembly directed at Young Lasallians.

The more than 45 delegates will:

  • Reflect on the impact of Young Lasallians to date;
  • Explore and vision the potential of Young Lasallians in our Schools, Districts, Sectors, Regions, and Internationally;
  • Discuss the role of Young Lasallians as agents of change, especially for youth;
  • Plan how to further support the Lasallian mission and charism;
  • Deepen their individual and communal spiritualities.

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By |January 31st, 2014|Categories: news + events|Comments Off on LV Alums to Represent RELAN at International Symposium of Young Lasallians

Midyear Retreat Renews Lasallian Volunteers

LV_group_midyear14_small[1]The 2013 – 2014 Lasallian Volunteers (LVs) were led on a spiritual and communal Camino from January 17–20, in Brant Lake, NY. The Midyear Retreat gathered a group of more than 50 LVs, LV staff, and retreat facilitators for shared time filled with prayer, discernment, affirmation, reflection, and identifying hopes and goals for the second half of their service year.

“Not only was it fun to reconnect with all of the LVs, some I hadn’t seen since Orientation, but it was also a good time to reflect on the first six months,” said Emma Flowers, first-year LV who is currently serving in Kansas City, MO. “Our Camino, or path, for the weekend allowed us to recharge and think about how the rest of our year will look.”

The retreat was led by longtime Lasallians Charles Legendre, AFSC, Director of Lasallian Mission for the District of New Orleans – Santa Fe, and Kevin Regan, teacher at The San Miguel School of Providence, RI. Highlights included reflections in small groups, excerpt readings from Flannery O’Connor, Thomas Merton, Walker Percy, and Dorothy Day, discussions about the readings, and discerning potential paths after a year of service.

LV group_small[1]The time spent together allows LVs to step away from their service and focus on being, instead of doing. Trey Bradley, second-year LV who is serving in Albany, NY, summarized the weekend by saying, “Great things are done by ordinary people. To get things done we must accept that although the past has happened, our work today is for a better future, expressed in our service.”

By Megan Davison
Lasallian Volunteer/Development Assistant, Midwest District

By |January 31st, 2014|Categories: news + events|Comments Off on Midyear Retreat Renews Lasallian Volunteers

Kyle Garesche: The Reality Is…

Kyle Garasche, 13-14, De La Salle Blackfeet, Browning, MT

Kyle Garasche, 13-14, De La Salle Blackfeet, Browning, MT

The reality is, I live two hours away from anything I have grown up knowing as “society”.  The reality is, my cell phone doesn’t work 80% of the time. The reality is,  (like all my fellow LVs) I come home at 6pm, at the earliest, exhausted everyday. The reality is, the weather here has tried killing me (84 mph wind gusts???). The reality is, I miss my family, friends and all my comfort zones more than you could possibly imagine. The reality is, I took a risk coming out to Browning, Montana. The reality is, I couldn’t be happier.

With everything in the world working against me out here, I have come to learn more in six months than any other experience I have had in my life.  I have always been given the best opportunities in life when it came to my education. I was aware that the state of our education in the United States was poor, but I didn’t know to what extent. The need for people who care, the need for safe learning environments and the need for disciplined learners will never go away. After working with a sixth grader who doesn’t understand phonics, another sixth grader who reads at a third grade level and so much more; it has become even clearer to me that the need in our nation grows, especially here on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

I have had the opportunity and blessing to attempt (key word being “attempt”) at helping the youth at our school with their education. I will clarify that their education is not limited to academic work, which makes my work that much more challenging, yet even more rewarding.

Through all of the challenges I’ve mentioned above, there is nowhere else I want to be this year. Coming right out of college, this has offered me the opportunity and challenges I expected. I signed up for all of this, and I know my commitment and dedication will pay off for my students and myself. I find strength in the support of my co-workers, fellow LVs, my family, my friends and most importantly my faith. Each day at least one of my students reinforces my faith and that means the world to me.

The founder, Saint John Baptist De La Salle, opened schools that didn’t ask for tuition, taught the most needy, taught in the vernacular, and had the presence of the Brothers in the classroom. When looking at De La Salle Blackfeet, we work and live at the heart of the Lasallian mission everyday, and I think it’s fantastic.

Kyle is a 1st year LV serving at De La Salle Blackfeet in Browning, Montana and is a 2013 graduate of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

By |January 27th, 2014|Categories: blog, news + events|5 Comments

LV Alum Named Principal of New Miguel Model School

Marilyn Paquette

Lasallian Volunteers alum Marilyn Paquette will use her experience as an LV and a Lasallian educator as she leads a new middle school to serve low-income students. Paquette will become principal of De La Salle Academy in Concord, CA, a division of De La Salle High School in Concord, which will open for the 2014-2015 school year.

De La Salle Academy will be a Miguel model school serving fifth through eighth graders and have its own campus in Concord. In announcing the new school, De La Salle High School’s President Mark DeMarco called it, “a middle school that will provide high-quality, Catholic, Lasallian education to students from low-income families, and will prepare them at an early age to succeed in high school, college, and beyond.”

Paquette will continue her service to the Lasallian mission when she becomes principal of De La Salle Academy on July 1 after serving for three years as dean of women at Justin-Siena High School in Napa, CA. As an LV, she taught from 1999-2001 at The San Miguel School of Providence in Rhode Island. She is an alumna of Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga, and she has served as a faculty member at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory in San Francisco.

“The opportunity to serve and lead in this expansion of De La Salle High School’s Lasallian ministry is something I feel called to,” Paquette said. “I believe that my knowledge of, and experience in, a San Miguel school, my experience as a Lasallian Volunteer, and the network of Lasallian educators I have relationships with will all be invaluable in forming this new ministry.”

A generous donation from Kenneth H. Hofmann will fund De La Salle Academy for the first five years. Admission will be only for boys whose families live at less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level. Parents will pay some portion of their student’s costs, on a sliding scale, as part of the “parental buy-in” that is a crucial component of the Miguel model, but the school will not be tuition-driven.

The projected first-year enrollment is 15 students in fifth grade and 15 in sixth grade, with an eventual enrollment of 60 students in grades five through eight.

More on De La Salle High School’s website 

Read the press release

Read the story in the Contra Costa Times


By |January 22nd, 2014|Categories: news + events|Comments Off on LV Alum Named Principal of New Miguel Model School

January 2014: Jackie Liberty

Service Site: La Salle Academy, New York

Jackie Liberty

Jackie Liberty

College: Saint Mary’s College of California

What do you do?

At LSA, I tutor students in the Academic Support Center, teach a Language Arts class, and help out wherever I can.

What is the most important “thing,” do you think, that your students need from you?

The most important things my students need from me are encouragement and a sense of discipline.  When I tutor them, I do my best to show them how much they already know and try to make them do things on their own.

Have you noticed any signs of success in your work?  

One of the students that I worked with last year was constantly on academic probation.  This year, he’s passing all his classes!

Which of the core values (Faith, Community, Service) are most important to you?  

Of the core values, Faith is the most important to me because I feel that it is the motivation for Community and Service.

What would you say to a friend from home who questioned why you chose to live with the Brothers?

Brothers are people, too!  And since they have spent so much of their lives living in community, their presence provides stability to community life.

Why would you recommend the LV program to a college senior considering volunteering?

The LVs get to see more of each other than volunteers in other programs do.  The opportunity to get together a few times a year–formally and informally–lets us share our experiences and lean on each other.

Why would you recommend a contribution to the LV program from a prospective donor?

Financial support from donors makes it easier for the LV program to provide guidance to the volunteers during the service year.

Jackie with LV Alum Alberto Guerrero

Jackie with LV Alum and mentor Alberto Guerrero

How would you like to continue your involvement with the Lasallian family after your time with the Lasallian Volunteers?

Though I would like to stay involved with the Lasallian family after my time with Lasallian Volunteers, I am not yet sure what form my involvement will take.  For now, I will do my best to stay in touch.

By |January 1st, 2014|Categories: lv of the month, news + events|4 Comments