As part of the 30th anniversary celebrations, Lasallian Volunteers alums, Brothers and Partners gathered on Saturday, November 23, 2019, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the Huether Lasallian Conference. The celebration included morning prayer created by LVs and an alumni panel and conversation.
LV Director Kathleen Swain led morning prayer for conference attendees, which included a beautiful reflection by Deborah Carlson-Doom, LV 95-97, who served at Highbridge Community Life Center, Bronx, New York. She shared how her experience of serving as an LV has continued to impact the ministry she provides to those entrusted to her care. Read the reflection >
Following the prayer, Huether attendees and LV alums listened to Brother Superior General Robert Schieler, FSC, give the final keynote address of the Huether Lasallian Conference. To begin his address, Brother Robert acknowledged the impact Lasallian Volunteers has had on the Region.
“It’s been enjoyable for me to be at this particular Huether while the Lasallian Volunteers movement is celebrating its 30th year,” Brother Robert shared following the morning of activities. “What’s happening across the Lasallian world is increased enthusiasm and participation of young people in various Lasallian movements—some that probably did not exist 30 years ago when this program began. But now you see it across the Institute. It’s growing to the extent that we have appointed a full-time international Lasallian volunteer coordinator in Rome to help coordinate these experiences and help maybe involve experiences across the globe, not just within our own country. So, I’m grateful to all of the people, all the Brothers and all the young people who have made this movement such a vital element in the Lasallian world today.”
Following Brother Robert’s address, alumni, Brothers and Partners gathered for an alumni panel and conversation. The panel, facilitated by Abby Michels, LV 15-17, was focused around the recently published “Lasallian Formation for Mission: The Pilgrim’s Handbook.” Brother Dylan Perry, FSC, LV 10-11, Becca Hulick, LV 14-16, Kerry Conroy, LV 99-01, and David Devine, LV 00-02, served as panelists. They shared reflections from their volunteer experience, especially how they have most profoundly been impacted by having served as LVs and living our three core values of faith, service and community.
We will conclude our 30th anniversary celebration with a mass and gala April 25, 2020, at Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York. Keep an eye out for invitations in early 2020.