We invite you to read this new issue of De La Salle Today, which focuses on “A Gospel Adventure.” This exciting invitation is the Lasallian theme for the 2015-2016 liturgical year. To recall what Brother Superior General Robert Schieler, FSC, wrote in his December 2015 pastoral letter, A Gospel Adventure: Outside the Camp, this theme calls us to be joyful, and to seek, study and share the Word of God.
In the spirit of the 45th General Chapter, the Superior and General Council developed an overall theme for 2014-2021: “Living Together our Joyful Mission.” Each liturgical year has its own theme, which includes perspectives to help Lasallians reflect and respond. This issue of De La Salle Today breaks open “A Gospel Adventure” and shows how the Lasallian Region of North America is living this theme. Each story focuses on a different aspect of “A Gospel Adventure,” based on what appears in Circular 470 and in documents the Institute provided as resources for celebrating this theme.
First, we look at how Lasallians confront new poverties through the remarkable story of De La Salle Blackfeet School in Browning, Montana. We also examine how our Region educates for justice through the Lasallian Social Justice Institute (LSJI) and investing practices of Christian Brothers Investment Services. When it comes to teaching and learning in the 21st century, we explore how Saint Mary’s College High School in Berkeley, California, meets ever-changing needs and makes education accessible to all students. To highlight the importance of Lasallians as catechists, we hear from each District on how catechesis is lived there, how it has changed, and what the future holds. Finally, we show you how Lasallians announce the Gospel in multi-religious contexts by highlighting examples from the Saint-Michel Lasallian Center in Montréal, Bethlehem University in Palestine and the San Miguel schools throughout the United States.
As we explore “A Gospel Adventure,” we remember what Brother Robert wrote in his pastoral letter: “The joy of the Gospel is a surprise.” To paraphrase, God does the unexpected and surprises us. The Gospel encourages us to be joyful, welcoming, inclusive and honest. It calls us to make a difference where we are now – in this time God has given us. It also urges us to respond creatively to the needs of today.
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