II International Assembly for Lasallian Mission
ROME – From May 6 until May 16, 2013, at the international headquarters of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (De La Salle Brothers) in Rome, 162 Brothers and Lasallian Partners from around the world are gathering for the Second International Assembly of the Lasallian Educational Mission.
Along these days, the delegates – 1/3 Brothers, 2/3 lay men and women – will learn from one another, from Institute leadership, and from outside experts about the reality of Lasallian education around the world and of the needs of youth globally.
The purpose of this Assembly is to discern, discover, and articulate the realities of the Lasallian Educational Mission in light of the Lasallian charism and to express a collective future vision by identifying major challenges and recommending responses to these challenges.
The theme of the Assembly is One Family, One Mission: Lasallians Associated for the Educational Service of the Poor.
Specifically, delegates will explore issues in the areas of pedagogy, pastoral ministry and evangelization, and educational community – especially as these affect the Lasallian commitment to the educational service of the poor.
The outcomes of this International Assembly will be offered to the Brother delegates at the 45th General Chapter in the spring of 2014 and will be promoted to the worldwide Lasallian Family.
These International Assemblies were created in the year 2000 and take place every seven years, before the General Chapters. An international Preparatory Commission has been preparing for the Assembly since 2010.
The Brothers of the Christian Schools, in some countries referred to as the De La Salle Brothers, were founded in the late 17th century by Saint John Baptist de La Salle, the Patron Saint of All Teachers of Youth. Today, more than 4,600 Brothers work with more than 87,000 lay men and women and nearly 400 religious sisters and brothers and priests to educate nearly 940,000 students in over 1,000 schools in 81 countries around the world. The international website is www.lasalle.org.