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Johnston Cohort III Concludes with In-Person Gatherings

Cohort III of the Brother John Johnston Institute of Contemporary Lasallian Practice concluded in October with two in-person gatherings. Participants from the District of San Francisco New Orleans (SFNO) gathered October 7-9, 2021, and participants from the District of Eastern North America (DENA) and the Midwest District gathered October 21-23, 2021.

Participants from Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory present their capstone at the SFNO gathering. Courtesy Joe Alexander-Short/SFNO

The gatherings were themed “Evangelization & Capstone.” During the three days, Charlie Legendre, AFSC, and Maryann Donohue-Lynch presented on evangelization in their respective gatherings, and participants shared their capstone projects. In addition, participants had opportunities to reflect on their journey in this formation program and discern where God is leading them in their Lasallian vocation.

Donohue-Lynch reflected on her time as a presenter, sharing, “It was inspiring to be among Lasallians who are so deeply committed to living God’s mission. Each one of them is filled with joy and zeal for their vocational call to be a Lasallian educator. May God continue to bless their good works.”

Reflecting on her Johnston experience, participant Luzviminda Prado Morales from La Salle Academy in New York, New York, shared, “I will continue to do all my actions all for the love of God. This is the leading I got from the inspiration of Saint John Baptist de La Salle gave us. Enter to learn, leave to serve.”

Johnston is a two-year Regional formation program that focuses on deepening participants’ understanding of Saint John Baptist de La Salle’s story and vision, Lasallian pedagogy, the Lasallian promotion of justice and Lasallian spirituality while utilizing contemporary texts to inform and influence current and future Lasallian practice. The program takes place in a mix of online and in-person sessions. Registration for Cohort IV will open in February 2022 with the program set to begin in July 2022 in District gatherings.

Pictured at top: DENA and Midwest participants. Courtesy Brother Chuck Gregor