Special from Christian Brothers Conference.
“I feel inspired. Reinvigorated.”
Omar Alegria, a residential manager at Saint Francis – Saint Joseph – Saint Vincent Homes in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, described a feeling mirrored by many participants of the annual Huether Lasallian Conference.
A combination of speakers, breakout sessions and opportunities to build community with Lasallians from all over the country highlighted the 43rd annual gathering, which took place in Chicago November 17-19 with the theme “The Good Samaritan: Confronting New Poverties in the 21st Century.”
“It’s an event that reminds me that I am part of something bigger,” said Alegria, a second-time Huether attendee. “It gives me energy to go back, get back to work, and hopefully have the effect that this event has on me on my employees, our staff, our program and our community.”
Before the opening of Huether, the more than 80 first-time attendees gathered for a social. Then, Huether kicked off with opening remarks by General Councilor Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC, woven together with comments from a panel of educators on their experiences related to the theme. Two keynote speakers addressed participants: Dr. Caryl M. Stern, president and CEO, US Fund for UNICEF, and the Honorable Susan D. Page, who most recently served as the Chargé d’affaires for the United States to the African Union. Christian Brothers Services sponsored Page’s address. Three rounds of breakout sessions Friday provided valuable opportunities to share ideas. Throughout the conference, attendees met with their casas, or small groups, to discuss their experiences.