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Our YLA ’19 Keynote Speakers

John Donahue-Grossman began his association with the Lasallian family while attending Driscoll Catholic High School in Addison, IL.  He earned a Youth Ministry Certificate from Loyola University and studied theology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.  John has served as a high school Religion teacher, youth minister and national Catholic speaker, and Retreat Director for La Salle Manor Retreat Center in Plano, IL.  The focus of his ministry today is to help young people recognize that “everyone has a story: change the way you see yourself, change the way you see others.”  He has been married to Laureen since 1987 and together they have 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren.

Heather Ruple Gilson graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California in 2001 with a BA  in English and Dramatic Arts.  She served as a Lasallian Volunteer from 2001 to 2003 at San Miguel School, Providence, R.I.  She continued there until 2011, when she returned home to California to serve as Director, Young Lasallians for the District of San Francisco New Orleans until 2016. In 2018, Heather was named Co-Secretary for Lasallian Association for Mission in Rome. She also serves as Coordinator for Mission Initiatives for the District of Ireland, Great Britain and Malta.

Joseph Gilson is a native of Malta, where he attended De La Salle College.  After graduating, he continued his involvement there working with the Former Students Association, teaching math, physics, and holding pastoral responsibilities. Joe’s work in Malta and Europe led to his appointment as the first International Coordinator of Young Lasallians in Rome. In 2015, he was named Director of Formation for Mission for the District of Ireland, Great Britain and Malta.

Heather and Joe first met in 2006 and were married in 2015.  They live in Oxford, England with their daughters Mary Angela, 3, and Charley, 1.

Katie Prejean McGrady is an international speaker, educator, and author. She holds a B.A. in Theology from University of Dallas and an M.A. in Theology from Augustine Institute, Denver, CO.  Since 2007, she has spoken at Steubenville Youth Conferences, National Conference for Catholic Youth Ministry, National Catholic Youth Conference, and Los Angeles Religious Education Congress & Youth Day.  She has appeared on EWTN, Catholic TV, Radio Maria, and the Catholic Channel on Sirius XM.  Katie has authored two books, Room 24: Adventures of a New Evangelist and Follow: Your Lifelong Adventure with Jesus, has written for numerous Catholic publications/websites, and blogs at katieprejean.com and curlyweds.com.  Katie lives in Louisiana with her husband Tom, their daughter Rose, and their dog, Barney.

Our YLA ’19 Special Guests

Br. Donald Johanson, FSC
San Francisco New Orleans

Marilyn Paquette Nuri
Young Lasallians

Keane Palatino
International Coordinator,
Young Lasallians

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Calendar of #300LaSalle Events


Publication of Intercom 152: “Inspirations for Going Beyond the Borders” | Generalate

Publication of Let Us Remember: Stories of the Holy Presence of God. | Saint Mary’s Press

Sharing of Opening Liturgy Resources with Districts | Christian Brothers Conference

Publication of Lasallian Reflection 4: “Our Hearts Were Burning” | Generalate
Publication of Intercom 153: “Lasallians involved in the care of creation and programs of sustainability” | Generalate
Celebration of 100 Continuous Years of Brothers’ Presence in Louisiana, New Orleans | San Francisco New Orleans District


Release of Popular Biography of De La Salle E-Book | Generalate

Release of Video Resources | Institute
Publication of Circular 471: “Pastoral Ministry of Vocations” | Generalate

CIL Session Youth Ministry & Vocation Ministry | Generalate
Huether Lasallian Conference, Minneapolis, MN | Christian Brothers Conference
Pastoral Ministry of Vocation Meeting | Christian Brothers Conference
Opening Liturgies in each District | Districts

Publication of Superior General’s Pastoral Letter | Generalate


Publication of New Lasallian Iconography | Generalate
Young Lasallians Gathering prior to World Youth Day, Panama City, Panama | District of Central America-Panama

Bay Area Lasallian Symposium | Saint Mary’s College of California

International Education Congress | Institute
Celebration of Brothers’ Arrival in California, San Francisco | San Francisco New Orleans District

Solemn Mass in Rouen | Generalate
Solemn Mass in Reims | Generalate

Workshop on Creative Fidelity | Generalate
Solemn Mass in Rome | Generalate

Publication of Lasallian Reflection 5: “Great Things Are Possible” | Generalate

VEGA in RELAN | Christian Brothers Conference

Huether Lasalian Conference | Christian Brothers Conference

Publication of Superior General’s Pastoral Letter | Generalate