10th Annual
International Lasallian Days for Peace

Our Voices of Mercy are Calling for Peace

September 21 – October 21, 2016


Inspired by the Institute’s theme for 2016-2017,
“One Call, Many Voices”, and the Jubilee of Mercy
announced by Pope Francis, the theme is
Our Voices of Mercy are Calling for Peace.


Each year the International Council of Young Lasallians (ICYL) calls upon Lasallians throughout the Institute to participate in this month-long peace awareness project. As Lasallians, we will be fostering peace in our world through prayer, study and action beginning September 21 (the United Nations-sanctioned International Day of Peace) and ending on October 21st.

There is an urgency today to “set on fire” the Lasallian Catholic evangelical mission within each of our educational communities to do as Jesus did by joyfully announcing the radical Good News that God loves us all and calls us to cooperate in building God’s Kingdom.
— DENA Mission Assembly 2015, Evangelization and Catechesis, Directional Statement

To continue to safeguard the rights of our children and the young, we ensure a culture of nonviolence that educates for and cultivates peacemaking, advocacy and respect for the God given dignity of human persons and God’s creation.
— DENA Mission Assembly 2015, Service with the Poor through Education, Action Item 3

ILDP EVENT – Student Peacemakers Present Their Experiences – 10/20/16 – Learn more

Grants Awarded

Congratulations to this year’s International Lasallian Days for Peace Award recipients! Each project below will receive a $500 grant to assist in the implementation of their project.

Saint Raymond High School, Bronx, NY
Brother Ed Shields FSC
Retreat Training for Student Leaders
“Students from our Lasallian Youth Group and Student Government will be the leaders for the retreat day.  They will work with small groups and share their experiences of being witnesses to God’s mercy and peace and assist with the activities. The Service Program, will put into practice what the retreat day emphasized. This will help us to continue the goal and lessons of the retreat day in a very practical way.  The retreat does not end with the dismissal bell, but continues throughout the year.”

TIDES Family Services, West Warwick, RI
Ms. Sophia Cartagena
Blessing Bags Activity
“The Blessing Bags Activity would provide basic necessities to clients and their families. The Tides’ Lasallian Committee, together and by association, ran this activity for the first time in August 2016, as a Back-to-School event. The Blessing Bags include a reusable grocery bag filled with one of each of the following items: shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, toothpaste, tooth brush, floss, baby wipes, bandages, brush, Chap Sticks and deodorant. Blessing Bags will be available and ready for clients and families to take home when needed. The Blessing Bags Activity gives our staff an opportunity to teach clients and families the importance of hygiene and follow through with a schedule/structure. These Blessing Bags are passed out at supervisors’ discretion for programs in each of our four offices. The Tides’ Lasallian Committee will be responsible with implementing this activity again at the agency. We will have Blessing Bags ready for the holiday season, late November/early December of 2016. Our hope is to have Blessing Bags available year round for our clients and families.”

Saint John Paul II Academy, Boca Raton, FL
Ms. Shelia Garcia
Lasallian Association Project with Lasallian Educational Center, Homestead, FL
“The inspiration of this proposal is to teach our students Gospel compassion through the encounters of mercy shown to them by their Lasallian counterparts at the Lasallian Education Center in Homestead, FL. With St. John Paul II Academy still being new to the Lasallian mission, we think that taking this opportunity to be able to create a connection to our Lasallian community at Homestead will reinforce and strengthen our identities as a Lasallian and Catholic institution. We will gather together during the season of Easter to have time for a joint community service project and to experience Lasallian association.”


From the Coordinator for Young Lasallians

The International Coordinator for Young Lasallians Antoine Beland is from the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN) by way of Francophone-Canada. He began his post in Rome on September 1, 2015 and you can reach him at abeland@lasalle.org.

Dear Lasallians,
The International Lasallian Days for Peace (ILDP) are approaching quickly! Here is some information to help you prepare for the 10th edition of this campaign that will take place from September 21st to October 21st, 2016.

First of all, we reveal to you the official poster of the ILDP 2016! It was designed by Pious N’gang’a Riitho, a Young Lasallian from Kenya. It is available in English, Spanish and French, and you also have access to a blank version that you will be able to put in any other language. Share this poster as much as possible, print it and make it visible in your ministry in the coming weeks!

This year’s theme, as announced last May, is “Our Voices of Mercy are calling for Peace”. This theme is inspired from the Institute’s annual theme for 2016-2017, “One Call, Many Voices”, and from the Jubilee of Mercy declared by Pope Francis. We want to put emphasis on the fact that by showing mercy ourselves and asking for mercy for others, we are building a more peaceful world.

We invite all Lasallian ministries to participate in their own way. Each Sector and District can also organize an initiative or encourage its ministries to participate. Whether it is a single activity or a program that runs throughout the whole campaign, your participation is important! Here are some ideas of initiatives that you can organize on the theme of peace and mercy:

-A prayer service
-A week of conferences or workshops
-A moment of reflection every week for the four weeks of the campaign
-An action or a project of service

Finally, we want to know more about what you are planning or have organized! Be sure to send any relevant information along with photos and videos to the person responsible for youth ministry or Young Lasallians in your District, as well as to this address: icyl@lasalle.org. We will share all initiatives with the rest of the Lasallian Family through numerous means of communication. You can also use the hashtag #ILDP2016 when using social media.

For more information, you can write at the following address: abeland@lasalle.org.

Thank you and we hope to hear from you soon!!

Antoine Béland
International Coordinator for Young Lasallians

A Message from the DENA Young Lasallian Council

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Day of White & Moment of Silence

Friday October 21, 2016

On a District level, we ask DENA ministries (faculty/staff, Lasallian Youth, or even their entire student body) to wear white to promote peace on the last day. SHARE! Snap a photo and send it to DENA Director of Communications Phil De Rita. We will post it to the website and related Facebook pages. Moment of Silence At 12:00 noon, we also ask all of our DENA ministries to host a moment of silence so that all Lasallians of the District can be united in prayer/study/action for peace.

More Information

2016 Resources

The following resources are available to assist you in planning.

ILDP Poster (8.5 x 11 Letter) >

ILDP Poster (8.5 x 11 – customizable) >

ILDP Poster (11 x 17) >

ILDP Peace Prayer >

ILDP Video – Our Song for Peace >

Pace e Bene – Campaign Nonviolence >

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Spread the good news!  Let us know what you are doing to celebrated these days!
Email us updates:

Phil De Rita, derita@fscdena.org
Maryann Donohue-Lynch, donohuelynch@fscdena.org

Facebook:  DENA  Young Lasallians RELAN DENA Young Lasallian Professionals
Twitter @becomingbrother@younglasallians #younglasallians #ILDP2016
Email International Young Lasallians Council: icyl@lasalle.org

ICYMI: DENA Photos from #ILDP2016