|District Chapter I:
Just the BeginningDear Lasallians,
In a world that wants results quickly and problems solved immediately, the idea of taking time and having to follow a process is often seen as moving slowly and taking too long. I keep reminding myself of two old sayings: one is “All good things take time”, and there is the long famous commercial slogan, “We will sell no wine before its time.”
Though you may believe the District of Eastern North America has been created and is up and running, the process of creating the District is not over. A few things still remain to be done. This weekend (April 15 – 17) we take on one of those remaining tasks—the first District Chapter for the District of Eastern North America.
District Chapter is an official, canonical (Church/Brothers) meeting of the Brothers of the District to do the business required by The Rule of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the administrative practices of the Institute in Rome. On Friday evening, some 54 Brother-Delegates will gather at the Bon Secour Spiritual Center outside Baltimore for a weekend of discussions, meetings, and legislative activities that continue the final steps in creating our District. This will be the first part of our two-part District Chapter. The second part will happen after our first Mission Assembly.
The Mission Assembly is the other “final act” before the District is fully created. Scheduled for the fall, this gathering of Partners and Brothers will include work on the supports and structures at the District level that assist ministries, and keep them connected with the larger Lasallian world.
We have only just begun….
Brother James Martino, FSC
Director of Administration