Day Five, Friday
The final day of the Young Lasallians VEGA Conference was filled with skills, stories, and sharing. Thanks to President of the International Council for Association and the Lasallian Educational Mission, Ms. Alisa Macksey, participants began to understand how the Lasallian mission continues to evolve to meet the needs of young people, and how each of them can shape that future. She shared that the Lasallian mission is shaped by the ever-evolving needs of young people and that Lasallian educators, just like our VEGA participants, craft the response to those needs all over the globe.
Principal of La Salle Academy New York Ms. Kerry Conroy shared her step-by-step vocational journey that led her to her leadership role today and urged each participant to be open to saying yes just as they did to the VEGA invitation. She urged each participant to understand they are already leaders, and that leadership success is not a straight path but a winding road with purpose-filled calls to serve.
In the final hours, VEGA concluded as it started . . . in prayer. In a warm and close-knit setting in the Chapel of De La Salle and his Brothers, the closing liturgy celebrated by Manhattan College Chaplain, Fr. Thomas Franks, OFM Cap., invited participants to be together one last time as a prayer community.
Of course, no formation program would be complete without food and fellowship. The closing banquet featured remarks from Br. Bob Schaefer, Justin Martineau, and Jim Logan.