The Regional Educational Advisory Committee (REAC) gathered in New Orleans, LA, January 26 – 27 for its quarterly meeting. Dr. Maggie McCarty, Executive Director of Christian Brothers Conference, called together the Directors from the District of Eastern North America, the Midwest District, and the San Francisco New Orleans District to review current regional programs and to discuss possible responses to emerging needs. Attendees included:
From the Christian Brothers Conference Office
- Dr. Maggie McCarty, Executive Director
- Alisa Macksey, Director of Regional Programs
From the District of Eastern North America District Office
- Alan Weyland, Executive Director for Mission and Ministry
- Maryann Donahue Lynch, Associate Director for Mission and Ministry
From the Midwest District
- Dr. Scott Kier, Superintendent of Lasallian Education
- Maryann O’Neill
From the San Francisco New Orleans District
- Gery Short, Director, Office of Education – Mont La Salle
- Dr. Greg Kopra, Director, Formation for Mission
- Heather Ruple, Director of Young Lasallians
- Charlie Legendre, AFSC, Director, Office of Education – Covington
- Jeanne Miller, Office Manager, Office of Education – Covingto
The Committee reviewed the results of a survey taken of current chief administrators in our schools concerning what new Lasallian administrators need to know as they step into office. Based on the survey’s results, Dr. McCarty and the committee identified elements for a chief administrator’s orientation which could be implemented on both the District and Regional level. A preview of the orientation proposals will be provided at the upcoming LASSCA conference in San Diego, February 22-25.
Other topics included a discussion of themes for upcoming Huether Conferences, as well as modifications to the Buttimer Institute schedule. The group gave considerable attention to the March, 2015 sessions of the Brother John Johnston Institute and heard overviews of each District’s plans. The committee also had a far-ranging discussion about formation and formation resource development in light of the Acts of the 45th General Chapter. At the close of the meetings, each District provided a snapshot of the wide array of retreats and formation programs sponsored by its District office.
On Monday, Greg Kopra led the prayer and reflection entitled “Always on Holy Ground: The Core Principle of Remembering the Presence of God.” On Tuesday, Scott Kier provided a prayer focusing on St. John Chrysostom. The prayer included recordings of choral music by the St. Joseph Collegiate Institute Glee Club.
The next REAC meeting is scheduled for May 5 – 8, 2015, in Narragansett, Rhode Island.
Story submitted by Charles Legendre, AFSC