The International Council of Young Lasallians (ICYL) gathered at the Generalate in Rome February 16 – 20, 2015, for a meeting that called for a strategic plan for the development of the Young Lasallian Movement throughout the course of the next five to six years.
To develop this plan, the ICYL utilized reports that emerged from four international Lasallian gatherings held between May 2013 and June 2014, identifying references and implications that relate to the population they represent and assessing current and future needs in relation to the Lasallian mission.
Antoine Béland of the Francophone Canada District, member of the Regional Council of Young Lasallians (RCYL) and member of the ICYL, saw the meeting as an opportunity to connect with inspiring young people from all over the world and a time to dedicate themselves to the future of adolescents and young adults in the Lasallian mission. “It’s the starting point of something bigger, the foundations on which we will build and live together the next six years or so!” said Béland.
During the week, the ICYL also spent time meeting with Superior General Brother Robert Schieler, FSC, the General Councilors, and others who work in the various services and offices operating out of Rome, allowing the ICYL to share preliminary plans and investigate other ways to collaborate.
“The opportunity to gather with and hear about the vision for the Institute from the Superior General and General Council was a great blessing,” said Jolleen Wagner, chair of the RCYL and member of the ICYL. “Their vision promises to usher the Lasallian Educational Mission into an exciting and zeal-filled future.”
The outcomes of this work will be released in stages following the publication of Circular 470, which is expected to be released next month.