Brothers in Initial Formation from across the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN) gathered outside of Chicago for their twice annual gathering from February 7-10, 2020, at the Carmelite Spirituality Center.
“Being with the Brothers in Initial Formation is always an opportunity for prayer and support,” said Brother David Deradoorian, FSC, temporary professed Brother in the District of Eastern North America, who currently ministers at West Catholic Preparatory High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Brother John Mark Falkenhain, OSB, a Benedictine monk and clinical psychologist, facilitated conversation and presented on the topic of celibacy formation and religious life.
“Brother John Mark presented an inspiring and energized understanding of evangelical celibacy that was deeply theological while also being practical and helping us to better understand the role that our vows play in our lives,” said Brother Dylan Perry, FSC, temporary professed Brother in the Midwest District, who currently ministers at DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“I came away from the weekend with a renewed zeal for how my celibacy animates my life and witness to others,” said Brother Dylan.
In addition to the presentations and conversations, the Brothers in Initial Formation spent time in prayer and fellowship. The gatherings serve as an opportunity for those in initial stages of formation (Postulancy, Novitiate, Temporary Profession) as Brothers of the Christian Schools from across the Districts of RELAN to share in formation and fraternity with each other.
Photo courtesy Brother Nick Gonzalez, FSC