Young Lasallian Assembly 2019 (YLA ’19) gets underway on June 23 and will run through June 28, 2019 at Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga. This is the first-ever Young Lasallian Assembly for the District of San Francisco New Orleans (SFNO) and will commemorate the tercentenary anniversary of the Founder’s passing to eternal life.
Under the Institute’s tercentennial theme, “One Heart, One Commitment, One Life”, approximately 300 Lasallian students and moderators from all SFNO high schools and YLA ’19 staff will gather to consider their faith journey, their lived experience of the Lasallian charism, and their vocation.
In the welcome video for the Assembly, SFNO Young Lasallians Director Kenenna Amuzie and Vocation Ministry Director Brother Chris Patiño, FSC invite the attendees to “reflect on how you experience the Lasallian mission each day. What does it mean to you and what gives you hope?”
The week-long Assembly will include keynote presentations, breakout sessions, a day of service, recreation, daily prayer, and liturgies. Keynote presenters will be former La Salle Manor Retreat Center Director and national Catholic speaker John Donahue-Grossman; Co-Secretary for Lasallian Association for Mission Heather Ruple Gilson and Director of Formation for Mission for the District of Ireland, Great Britain and Malta Joseph Gilson; and international Catholic speaker, educator, and author Katie Prejean. Special guests will include SFNO Visitor Brother Donald Johanson, FSC; former Young Lasallians Director Marilyn Paquete Nuri; and Young Lasallians International Coordinator Keane Palatino.
Throughout the Assembly, participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their role in their local and global community as Young Lasallians and how they can mobilize their potential in an ongoing response for the need to create a more just world today and in the future. Major components and program outcomes for the Assembly have been designed to correspond to Lasallian core principles and will include to deepen Lasallian Catholic identity; to inspire faith; to embolden the call to serve; and to celebrate inclusive community.
As a special Lasallian gathering, the Assembly takes the place this year of the usual Young Lasallians programming offered through the Offices of Education and Vocation Ministry. Regular annual programming will resume during the 2019-2020 academic year.