The latest issue of De La Salle Today is now available, which is a combination spring-autumn publication themed “Responding to the Times: Great Things Are Possible.” We typically print De La Salle Today in the spring and the fall. As we prepared to go to print in the spring, most ministries closed their doors as COVID-19 spread. So, we decided to hold this issue and update our content to tell the stories of today. We kept our spring content, which celebrates the theme “Great Things are Possible,” so we could still share these inspirational stories as a way to wrap up this liturgical year’s theme. That includes a look inside the Superior General’s pastoral visit to the Region, which was cut short because of the pandemic.
To help bring the theme to life, you’ll read about how a dream of starting a camp in Québec decades ago was reimagined in recent years to give it new life, even continuing to touch lives during the pandemic. We recall the story of Blessed Brother James Miller, FSC, who was beatified on December 7, 2019, and who was always “in direct contact with those who suffer” (Lasallian Reflection 5). You’ll see the incredible ways that Lasallian Women of Hope is bringing dignity to girls and young women by providing full access to education. We pay tribute to Lasallian Volunteers and 30 years of formation and service. Finally, we raise up senior Brothers who show us how “simplicity, the attitude of service, and humility are indispensable” (Lasallian Reflection 5).
In telling the stories of today, we take you through a timeline of COVID-19’s impact in our Region, from the sudden changes in the spring, to the creative ways we stayed connected while physically apart, to the innovative ways ministries are educating this fall. We also begin a conversation on the Lasallian response to racism. We realize there is much to say and do, and we hope this story continues the Lasallian dialogue and encourages deeper conversion.