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Young Lasallians Gather Over Summer

DENA Lasallian Youth Assembly. Courtesy DENA

Young Lasallians from across the Lasallian Region of North America came together over the summer in District and ministry gatherings to spend time in service, community and reflection.

In the District of Eastern North America (DENA), the Lasallian Youth Assembly, themed “Lasallians Without Limits,” was held on the campus of Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York. Lasallians from four countries spent the week of July 15-20 engaged in service, community building and prayer and being challenged as Lasallians to live as people of faith and hope in the world today. Presenters included: Mr. Michael Foley and students from Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn, New York; Deacon Greg Albanese of La Salle Academy in Providence, Rhode Island; Lois Harr and Dr. Kevin Ahern from Manhattan College; Brothers Ed Phelan, Francis Eells and Ed Hoffmann; and representatives from Collegio San Giuseppe in Rome, who presented on the global plight of migrants and refugees.

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SFNO Lasallian Youth Assembly group. Courtesy Brother David Caretti, FSC

During June and July, students, Brothers, and Partners from throughout the District of San Francisco New Orleans (SFNO) and the Midwest District made their way to two annual Young Lasallian (YL) summer events: the Lasallian Youth Assembly (LYA) and Lasallian Student Leaders (LSL). Coordinated by the SFNO District’s Young Lasallians Director, Kenenna Amuzie, and sponsored by the SFNO District’s Office of Education, these gatherings offered hundreds of Lasallians intense weeklong immersions of faith, community and service in the areas of social justice and student leadership.

SFNO Lasallian Student Leaders group. Courtesy Simon Kim

The 17th annual SFNO Lasallian Youth Assembly took place at the University of Portland, June 17–22, with the theme “Hidden No More: Shedding Light on Human Trafficking.” Approximately 58 students and moderators attended from nine SFNO schools and from De La Salle Institute, Chicago, Illinois, in the Midwest District.

From July 15-20, the 15th annual SFNO Lasallian Student Leaders Program was held at Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga. The gathering drew approximately 225 students and moderators from 15 SFNO schools and from Totino-Grace High School in Fridley, Minnesota, in the Midwest District.

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