Monthly Archives: November 2017

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LVs Run: Community

On November 12, months of planning and training paid off for the 12th annual LVs Run. Twenty-two Lasallian Volunteers (LVs), three Alums, and 13 family members and friends participated in LVs Run in Tucson, Arizona. This event surpassed its goal of $60,000. Donations are still being received.

Rachel and MadisonRachel Bowers, a second-year LV serving at San Miguel School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and a member of the run committee, offered this reflection on her experience.

After many hours of planning the logistics, making phone calls, sending emails to donors, and long connecting flights to the desert of Arizona, LVs found themselves together again, but this time in the beautiful city of Tucson. This event was made possible due to the behind-the-scenes work of the San Miguel Tucson community, the LV staff and the run committee, which consisted of myself, Jo-Ann Mullooly, DJ Edwards, Viviana Ortiz and Katie O’Leary. Organizing such an event meant to take on extra responsibilities aside from serving at our ministries.  The 2017-2018 cohort surpassed their goal of $60,000, which will be used to keep the program going and the mission alive.

Group PhotoLVs Run is an opportunity for current LVs to share the mission of the program. First-year LV Jessica Kaluzny said, “Fundraising is a beautiful way for the cohort to spread the mission of the program we have grown to love and tangibly see just how many individuals support us! It was such a great way to unify past and present members of the ever-growing Lasallian family!”

For many of the current LVs, the weekend is an opportunity to gather together. First-year LV Jin Su Seo shared, “LVs Run was such a memorable experience because we reconnected and were able to see how each of us has grown as Lasallians since the beginning of our service year.”

Group #3As I was running through the desert for two and a half hours, I reflected on everything that led up to that very moment. I thought of how grateful I am for all of the organizations, Christian Brothers, families, friends and students who have faith in Lasallian Volunteers and showed that by making donations towards our goal and overall, the mission of the program. I am proud to say that I am a finisher of the TMC Everyone Runs Half Marathon, and I know it was not just myself who contributed to this success, it was also those individuals who believe in the mission that inspired me not to give up.

All in all, the 12th annual LVs Run was a huge success. It was a fun and exciting weekend packed with faith, service and community!

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By |November 29th, 2017|Categories: news + events|Comments Off on LVs Run: Community

David Edwards Jr: Happiness

David Edwards Jr, 16-18, John Paul II Academy, Racine, W

David Edwards Jr, 16-18, John Paul II Academy, Racine, W

During my first year serving as a Lasallian Volunteer, my focus was on peace and being at peace with all circumstances. For my second-year of service, I have chosen to make happiness the focal point of my service year. Peace and happiness can often be mistaken as the same thing or items that can be interchangeable. I like to think of them as two separate things. Peace being a state of tranquility or calmness, while happiness refers to the feeling of pleasure and joy. Just recently, I came across a quote that spoke to me. I decided to hang it up on the wall by my desk so that I can read it every day at my site. It says:

“Be happy, not because everything is good, but because you can see the good in everything.”

17'-18' Cohort

17′-18′ Cohort

I believe this quote speaks wonders to us as LVs and the work that we do. More importantly, it speaks to us as human beings. A lot like peace, people in today’s society are forever seeking happiness and never finding it. We try so hard to attain happiness through things that we think are supposed produce pleasure and joy, but we only receive temporary satisfaction until the next thing comes along. Things like fancy cars, expensive jewelry, the newest technology…a pumpkin spiced latte from Starbucks (no shade to Starbucks, that latte is bomb!). But you get my point. The material wants that we are supposed to view as joyous or DJpleasuring, are the things we put before the necessities that will actually give us real happiness. Clinging to the materials our society forces upon us, we will always fall short and our trials and tribulations will always feel insurmountable. The little things like self-worth, realizing that every hurdle must pass, or that the next thing is not always the best thing are all great building blocks to finding happiness. So, in conclusion, I’d like to propose a challenge to myself, my cohort, and whoever is reading this blog post. The challenge is to remind ourselves that there is a time limit on all of the materialistic wants that society tells us to cling to. But also, there is relief in knowing that everything we need is already here. We just have to be open to see it.

David Edwards Jr is a second year LV serving at John Paul II Academy in Racine, Wisconsin and is a 2015 graduate of Lewis University.

By |November 8th, 2017|Categories: blog, news + events|Comments Off on David Edwards Jr: Happiness

November Ministry of the Month: Cathedral High School-El Paso

This month’s Lasallian Volunteers “Ministry of the Month,” is Cathedral High School in El Paso, Texas, which is part of the District of San Francisco New Orleans. John Austin Tubbs, a first-year Lasallian Volunteer (LV), attended to Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee, and now serves at Cathedral. John Austin’s passion for mission is renewed each day through empowering his students through service.

WHAT IS CATHEDRAL HIGH SCHOOL, EL PASO?
Cathedral High School is an all-boys high school serving students from El Paso and nearby Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in grades 9-12. As it enters its ninth decade of existence, the school provides students with the individual attention needed to claim opportunities rarely heard of in the border region. For example, college courses taught at Cathedral High School, in conjunction with the El Paso Community College, afford junior and senior students the opportunity to complete their first year of college while still a Cathedral student.

WHAT SERVICE DOES JOHN AUSTIN PROVIDE AT CATHEDRAL?

John Austin is the community service coordinator. He organizes service events, tracks the service hours of the students, and tries to create a positive culture of service within the Cathedral High School community. John Austin teaches two freshman religion classes, which include about 30 students in each. He also assists in planning and hosting the El Otro Lado Border Immersion Experience programs for both high school and college students from around the United States and Mexico.John-Austin-Tubbs_1089

HOW DID JOHN AUSTIN BECOME A LASALLIAN VOLUNTEER?
John Austin is a graduate of Christian Brothers University and felt becoming an LV made the most sense for him after college. Like many volunteers, the combination of a call from God and a well-placed mentor on campus directed him. He researched the program and found that it made sense to him and aligned with his values. He says, “While in college, the Lasallian community was very important to me. Lasallian Volunteers was a way for me to live my passion for service while continuing to experience and live more intentionally within the Lasallian community.”

HOW DOES JOHN AUSTIN TOUCH MINDS AND HEARTS?
John Austin desires to provide a myriad of service opportunities to his students. He believes that high school-aged students need to feel like they are working toward a goal together and it’s his responsibility to give them as many ways to serve the Lord as he can. He says, “I have created a Service Council as a means to give the students a larger role in planning what types of service activities they would like to do. They worked as a team to host ‘Lasallian Misters for the Lasallian Sisters,’ a benefit concert that raised well over $1,000 for the La Salle Sisters in Houston. (For more information, click here.)

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John Austin and his community

HOW HAS LIVING AND WORKING WITH THE DE LA SALLE CHRISTIAN BROTHERS IMPACTED JOHN AUSTIN?
John Austin has found himself impacted by the Brothers in his community in many ways. He has been shaped by their advice, simple living, kindness and wisdom in educational pedagogy. He says, “The advice I have been given by the Brothers this year has opened my eyes to understand tough situations in a different light. I’ve heard countless stories about the Founder and their own personal lives. It has been an awesome year with the Brothers so far, and I cannot thank them enough for welcoming me into their way of life.”

WHAT WOULD JOHN AUSTIN SAY TO COLLEGE SENIORS DISCERNING A YEAR SPENT WITH THE LASALLIAN VOLUNTEERS?
LVs embrace both the unknown of a year away from home, and a life of faith, service and community amongst the Brothers, Lasallians and each other. John Austin shares his experience so far when he says, “Taking a volunteer year will change your life in so many ways, all of which are for the better. Living in community is an invaluable experience that is simultaneously challenging and affirming. The work you’ll do as an LV changes lives, and you see it on the faces of the people you encounter. Plus, being a part of a Lasallian family is something you can’t pass up. In a nutshell, just say yes!”

By |November 7th, 2017|Categories: lv of the month, news + events|Comments Off on November Ministry of the Month: Cathedral High School-El Paso