Brother George Van Grieken (left) provides instructions to his vocations colleagues just prior to the opening of the exhibition hall. They are (left to right), Brother Edward Shields, Heather Ruple, Brother Leonard Rhoades, Zac Ufnar.
Lasallian teachers and campus ministers were among the 39,000 who gathered in Anaheim, CA in March for the 2012 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. The event is the largest gathering of its kind and offers Catholic educators workshops, presentations, and musical events related to religious education.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Brothers vocation booth served as a gathering point for Lasallians attending the conference. Posters, wristbands, bookmarks, and information sheets were distributed to many attendees. Additionally, a number of young Catholic teachers signed up to learn more about Lasallian vocation opportunities. The Vietnamese Lasallian Youth Troupe of De La Salle Chapel in San Jose, CA performed at the opening ceremonies.
Dr. Maggie McCarty, Executive Director of the Regional Council of Lasallian Association for Mission (RCLAM), attended the event and called it a tremendous conference for religious educators — educational and spiritually enriching.
She and her husband, Dr. Bob McCarty, presented at Youth Day which precedes the event and hosts more than 10,000 participants, including delegations of Lasallians from San Miguel High School in Tucson, AZ, Justin-Siena High School in Napa, CA, La Salle Catholic College Preparatory in Milwaukee, OR, and Cathedral High School in Los Angeles.
Surrounding the Youth Day activities, representatives from Lasallian schools attending the event gathered at Cathedral High School for an evening of food, fellowship, and prayer. Students from nearby La Salle High School in Pasadena, CA attended as well. Students from Justin-Siena and La Salle Prep also spent time doing service work in Los Angeles while in the city on immersion trips.
Brother Leonard Rhoades, Dr. Maggie McCarty, Heather Ruple, and Dr. Bob McCarty