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Registration Now Open: Brother James Miller Pilgrimage

In honor of the anticipated beatification of Brother James Miller, FSC, Lasallian Volunteers (LV), in collaboration with the Midwest District, is hosting a pilgrimage to honor the life and legacy of Brother James, a native of Wisconsin who died as a martyr on February 13, 1982, in Huehuetenango, Guatemala.

In November, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis approved a decree recognizing that Brother James died as a martyr, an important step in his cause for beatification. The process to declare him a martyr began in 2009. Brother James was repairing a school wall when he was approached by three men, who shot and killed him.

Anyone interested in joining the LVs is welcome to participate in a special one-day pilgrimage on Wednesday, May 29 from Stevens Point, Wisconsin, where Brother James was born, to Polonia, Wisconsin, where Brother James is buried. Click here to register >

  • Walk begins at Pacelli High School at 1301 Maria Drive, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, at 9:00 a.m. Check-in begins at 8:15 a.m.
  • Estimated arrival at the St. Martin Cemetery in Ellis, Wisconsin, at 11:45 a.m.
  • A prayer service at the gravesite of Brother James will take place soon after arrival.
  • A Eucharistic procession will take place from the cemetery to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Polonia immediately following the conclusion of the prayer service at approximately 12:30 p.m.

The pilgrimage is very much in line with opportunities being hosted by Lasallians worldwide in celebration of Year of Lasallian Vocations, which marks the 300th anniversary of Saint John Baptist de La Salle’s entry into eternal life and celebrates the impact of the mission he started. This will be a wonderful experience for LVs to connect more deeply with the Lasallian charism and the Year of Lasallian Vocations.

For more information on the pilgrimage, contact Lasallian Volunteers at 202-529-0047.

Learn more about Brother James Miller, FSC >

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By |March 25th, 2019|Categories: news + events|0 Comments

Save the Date: 2019 FSC Awards

By |March 14th, 2019|Categories: news + events|0 Comments

Save the Date: Brother James Miller Pilgrimage

In honor of the anticipated beatification of Brother James Miller, FSC, Lasallian Volunteers (LV), in collaboration with the Midwest District, is hosting a pilgrimage to honor the life and legacy of Brother James, a native of Wisconsin who died as a martyr on February 13, 1982, in Huehuetenango, Guatemala.

In November, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis approved a decree recognizing that Brother James died as a martyr, an important step in his cause for beatification. The process to declare him a martyr began in 2009. Brother James was repairing a school wall when he was approached by three men, who shot and killed him.

LVs will take part in the pilgrimage May 27 – June 1, 2019, to more deeply learn about Brother James and his childhood by visiting the high school he attended, his home parish, his family’s property and his current burial place. Anyone interested in joining the LVs is welcome to participate in a special one-day pilgrimage on Wednesday, May 29 from Stevens Point, Wisconsin, where Brother James was born, to Polonia, Wisconsin, where Brother James is buried. This event is free to attend. Registration will begin in mid-March.

The pilgrimage is very much in line with opportunities being hosted by Lasallians worldwide in celebration of Year of Lasallian Vocations, which marks the 300th anniversary of Saint John Baptist de La Salle’s entry into eternal life and celebrates the impact of the mission he started. This will be a wonderful experience for LVs to connect more deeply with the Lasallian charism and the Year of Lasallian Vocations.

For more information on the pilgrimage, contact Lasallian Volunteers at 202-529-0047.

Learn more about Brother James Miller, FSC >

By |February 22nd, 2019|Categories: news + events|Comments Off on Save the Date: Brother James Miller Pilgrimage

Midyear Retreat 2019: Discerning Our Calls

The 2018-2019 LVs gathered together for the annual Midyear Retreat outside of Baltimore in Reisterstown, Maryland, January 18-20, 2019. The weekend retreat, co-facilitated by LV Alums Katie Delaney, LV 12-14, and Steven Patzke, LV 14-15, centered around the LVs discerning their individual gifts and calls, as well as reflecting on the first half of their service year through the lens of faith, service and community.

“The Midyear Retreat gave me the opportunity to reflect on the importance of trusting God. It’s so easy to want to control the outcome of every situation in life. However, it’s so important to remember that there is only one person in control and that’s the G-O-D, as Brother Ed would say,” said second-year LV Quaneesha Shields, who is serving at De La Salle Middle School in St. Louis, Missouri.

“This retreat reminded me that it’s time to Let Go and Let God. I don’t have to worry because I know that God’s leading me where I need to be at the very moment that I need to be there. This is the beauty of being Lasallian. My heart now understands that although the road ahead may look blurry, God is shaping futures and the best part is that he always has our best interest at heart,” said Shields.

Delaney and Patzke weaved the idea of a vocational call being what brings joy, builds a more just world, and gifts one possesses for the benefit of others. Surfacing answers to these through individual reflection, and small and large group sharing, LVs were able to consider where they’ve been and where they’re headed for the next part of their service year and beyond. Rooted in faith, service and community, the facilitators also weaved in examples of their own experiences of serving at John XXIII Educational Center in Racine, Wisconsin, and St. Raymond High School for Boys in Bronx, New York.

Joined to accompany the LVs and LV staff were Brothers Ed Phelan, Michael Reis and Brian Henderson, as well as Chris Swain, LV 04-06, director of the Office of Lasallian Vocation Ministry at Christian Brothers Conference. The Brothers and Swain joined the LVs to offer support, encouragement and advice as they journeyed through the weekend.

The LVs spent time together, on their own and in small groups sharing, reflecting and identifying the needs they have as they make their next decision and how they can support one another and be supported by the LV staff.

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By |January 31st, 2019|Categories: news + events|Comments Off on Midyear Retreat 2019: Discerning Our Calls

December Ministry of the Month: Bethlehem University

In this month’s Lasallian Volunteers “Ministry of the Month,” the Lasallian Region of North America is featured. The ministry is Bethlehem University in the Holy Land and the Lasallian Volunteers are first-year LVs George Boateng and Jarred McKinney. George is a 2018 Graduate of Boston College with a bachelor’s in History and Sociology and Jarred is 2018 a graduate of Emory University with a master’s in Global Religions.

WHAT IS BETHLEHEM UNIVERSITY?

Bethlehem University is a Catholic co-educational institution in the Lasallian tradition whose mission is to provide quality higher education to the people of Palestine and to serve them in its role as a center for the advancement, sharing and use of knowledge. The university emphasizes excellence in academic programs and the development of students as committed people prepared to assume leading positions in society. The university fosters shared values, moral principles, and dedication to serving the common good. Founded in 1973, current enrollment is 3,295 students with 77 percent female and 23 percent. Of those students, 76 percent are Muslim while 24 percent are Christian. Students come from the areas surrounding Bethlehem with 46 percent from Bethlehem, 44 percent from Jerusalem, 8 percent coming from Hebron, and 2 percent coming from other places in the region.

WHAT SERVICE ARE GEORGE AND JARRED PROVIDING AT BETHLEHEM UNIVERSITY?

George coordinates the English language tutoring program and works as a TA for an English class. Jarred spends most of his time tutoring in English, is also a TA for an English class, and writes and edits for the Bethlehem University newsletter.

WHY DID JARRED AND GEORGE DECIDE TO JOIN LASALLIAN VOLUNTEERS?

For Jarred, he felt called to the mission of both the LV program and of Bethlehem University. He wanted to work for educational opportunities for people who might not otherwise get them. He says, “I became a Lasallian Volunteer because I believe that everyone loves learning, the first step is just learning how to learn. So, there is no venture more worthwhile than to accompany students in the journey of falling in love with learning.” For George, a trusted mentor introduced him to the program. He felt it was the best way for him to continue with his passion for social justice. He says, “I have always engaged in the civil activism. I believe in using my privilege to help people not blessed as I am to share in my freedom and rights.”

HOW DO GEORGE AND JARRED TOUCH THE MINDS AND HEARTS OF THOSE ENTRUSTED TO THEIR CARE?

Many Bethlehem students have to travel a great distance to get to the university. The political climate in Palestine is very unstable and can be dangerous. George and Jarred, along with the Brothers and Lasallians at Bethlehem University, offer safety, stability and quality education to the students entrusted to their care. George says, “Bethlehem University encounters the same challenges every person and institution confront in the West Bank due to socio-political reasons. However, amidst these struggles the institution endeavors to provide an education that is academically, socially and psychologically uplifting because of the belief that a well-rounded education is the best vehicle for positive changes. The most important thing my students need from me is my attention and dedication.” Jarred speaks of his experience when he says, “I think Bethlehem University attempts to combat this by instilling the idea that although Israel may occupy their physical bodies and their material resources, they cannot occupy your mind if you do not allow them to do so. That is the power of education, it is a liberating, life-giving force, and I think Bethlehem University aims to embody that. My students most need from me is to see that learning can be play, it can be fun. This removes the pressure and emphasis on grades and allows the learning experience to be enjoyable.”

HOW HAS LIVING WITH THE DE LA SALLE CHRISTIAN BROTHERS IMPACTED GEORGE AND JARRED?

Neither Jarred nor George had experience with the Lasallian charism or De La Salle Christian Brothers prior to their service experience. However, both volunteers have very positive things to say about their community experience at Bethlehem University. Jarred says, “Living with the Brothers has placed an emphasis on prayer and paying attention to the happenings of my life. Thus, praying multiple times a day has led me to be attentive to the presence of the Divine in the world. If, then, I am attending to God, my self-understanding rests in God. But, there is a lot of grey-area in this. Living with the Brothers has helped me to see that this grey-area is, in fact, holy ground.” George shared, “My time with the Brothers has taught me that they are just like everybody else, but they live a life dedicated to education. My experience has instilled an appreciation to living simply.”

WHAT DO GEORGE AND JARRED WANT TO SAY TO COLLEGE SENIORS ABOUT LASALLIAN VOLUNTEERS?

George says, “The volunteer year should not be about you, but about the people you are serving and the mission of the place you are serving under.” Jarred says of serving for a year after college, “I think sometimes that we make things too formulaic. A leads to B, B then to C, and so on. Perhaps it is better to think about life as a pilgrimage.”

 

 

By |December 12th, 2018|Categories: lv of the month, news + events|Comments Off on December Ministry of the Month: Bethlehem University