In spite of major challenges posed by California’s recent wildfires, the San Francisco New Orleans District’s Office of Education has been busy making its way through its fall calendar, including several October formation workshops and assessments.
“We’ve been determined,” said Office of Education director Michael Daniels, “to do our work of serving the District even as it faces some very trying circumstances.”
The month did get off to a tenuous start. Fall Discerning Leaders was scheduled to be held October 9-12 at Mont La Salle. However, due to the rapid spread of the wildfires and subsequent evacuation of Mont La Salle, the gathering had to be cancelled. Several participants had already arrived and relocated to Saint Mary’s College High School in Berkeley before returning to their respective homes.
Similarly, the fall Brother John Johnston Institute SFNO cohort that was to have taken place October 12-14 at St. Joseph’s Camp, California also was canceled, as none of the needed office support could be provided with DLSI closed.
However, that same week, Young Lasallians director Kenenna Amuzie, Office of Education director Michael Daniels, Formation for Mission director Greg Kopra, former Office of Education director Gery Short, and Lasallian Resource Center director Br. George Van Grieken traveled to Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory for a day-long Local Lasallian Formation Visioning Day. The event, one of several to take place throughout the District, brought together Lasallians from northern California schools to discuss ways in which the District can explore and support developing area Lasallian formation initiatives. The Visioning Days are part of a recent Formation for Mission proposal to the District Chief Administrators Association regarding enhanced local mission formation.
Finally, the academic year’s first Lasallian Catholic Assessment Process (LCAP) visit took place October 18-20 at Saint Michael’s High School in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visiting team facilitator John Roberto of LifelongFaith Associates and team members Evangelization and Catechesis director Charles Legendre, Saint Mary’s College High School Assistant Principal Cathy Molinelli, and former Office of Education director Gery Short conducted the multi-day self-assessment of the schools Lasallian Catholic culture and practices. The visit also introduced a redesigned LCAP process that incorporates the District’s former Religion Studies Assessment instrument and places an enhanced emphasis on a school’s evangelization and catechesis efforts.
The next scheduled Office of Education event is the fall Association of Board Chairs meeting, November 2-4, at St. Joseph’s Camp, California.