Lasallian Volunteers (LV) celebrated and honored three Lasallians from the District of Eastern North America (DENA) at the eighth annual FSC Awards on Saturday, September 29 at La Salle University in Philadelphia, which sponsored the event. The FSC Awards honor Lasallians who have made notable contributions to the program.
The awards are named in the spirit of three Brothers who embodied the LV values of faith, service and community during their lifetimes. This year’s recipients are: Brother Joseph Mahon, FSC, the Farrell Community Award; Kerry Conroy, LV 99-01, the Bassen Service Award; and Daniel Brenner, the Johnston Faith Award.
The Farrell Community Award, named in honor of Brother Michael Farrell, FSC (1940-2009), recognizes supporters who have lived in community with Lasallian Volunteers. Brother Joseph was honored with this award to celebrate the many years and gentle presence he has had in accompanying Lasallian Volunteers during their formation experience. Brother Joseph has lived with Lasallian Volunteers at the former San Miguel Community in Camden, New Jersey, and the Martyrs of Turon Community in Washington, DC. Brother Joseph is the school counselor at the San Miguel School in Washington, DC, where he has lived and worked for the past seven years.
“Over the years, his ability to walk with so many young people during their service years and support them in bringing to life their experience, certainly has been significant in their lives, and I believe has been life-giving for Brother Joseph as well,” said Chris Swain, LV 04-06, who presented Brother Joseph with the Farrell Community Award.
The Bassen Service Award, named in honor of Brother Christopher Bassen, FSC (1942-2006), recognizes LV alumni who have continued a life of service. Kerry Conroy received this award to highlight her continuous service to the mission. Conroy, who served as an LV at La Salle Academy in New York, New York, has spent the past 14 years in ministry there.
Jolleen Wagner, LV 04-06, presented the award to Conroy and praised her longtime dedication to the mission. Wagner shared how not only the students at La Salle Academy have been blessed by the presence of Conroy in their lives, but also the LVs who were accompanied by Kerry during their years of service at La Salle Academy.
The Johnston Faith Award, named in honor of Brother John Johnston, FSC (1933-2007), recognizes supporters who have demonstrated great faith in the work of LVs by sharing time, talent or treasure. Brenner received his award as a way to recognize the many ways he has given of his time to the LV program, especially to the volunteers at the annual orientation program, where he has served as a retreat day facilitator and presenter on a variety of topics.
Julie Turner, LV 15-17, who presented the award to Brenner, said, “Dan truly understands that Lasallian Volunteers is an entrance point for so many of young people to become ‘Forever Lasallians.’ Dan is a beacon of that zeal for mission, and we thank him for his continued support of current LVs, our staff and our alumni. His witness is truly wonderful.”
Recipients are selected on a rotating basis between the Districts in the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN). The 2018 recipients will be selected from the Midwest District.