About DENAconnect

For the second year in a row an interesting array of weekend workshops will be offered this academic year in the District of Eastern North America (DENA). The hope is that they will enrich our lives and, in some way, help each of us share our own insights on a meaningful level. We are calling the series DENAconnect. Details of each regarding time, place, and cost will be announced at least a month before they are offered.

Most will be held on weekends but some will be during the week. Some events may have input from experts but most will rely on the experience of the participants. The venue for most will be at District centers in Narragansett, RI, Ocean City or Lincroft NJ. Others will be held in communities and/or schools.

Examples for the year include:

  • Leaders Then and Now – for graduates of Lasallian Leadership Institute (LLI)
  • Creativity and the Spiritual Life
  • Out of the Box – about Lasallian Reflection 4 – Lasallians: Hearts on Fire
  • Healing Touch from Near and Far – a look at ancient art of reiki
  • Desert Day of Prayer and Reflection
  • The Push of Populism in Our World
  • Action on Behalf of the Vulnerable
  • Coming Home – for former missionaries
  • Centering Prayer

For more information call or write Br. Ed Phelan 347-538-7749 or

Our committee is: Bud Knight, Marty Zewe, Jerome Sullivan, Thomas Casey, Frank McCrea, Mary McCrorey, Dennis Lee, Ed Phelan

Upcoming Workshops

Creativity and the Spiritual Life

April 26-28, 2019
A DENA Lasallian Weekend
at Beautiful Narragansett RI

Open to all Lasallians to create is to touch the Spirit of God.


Brothers and Lasallians are invited to make a brief journey upon which they and the creative process will walk hand-in-hand. Participants will be encouraged to explore drawing and simple visual arts as forms of guided meditation. With a spirit of openness, courage, and exploration. Participants may lose themselves and find themselves at the same time.

While this will be a hands-on experience, no previous training or artistic talent will be necessary–just a willingness to be open to the creative process and to the possibility of seeing with new eyes.


The Center is a short walk to the mighty Atlantic Ocean – the perfect setting for reflection and contemplation. Short presentations, small group discussions, and quiet contemplative walks will set the tone and be complemented by good food and drink. There are no prerequisites only an open mind and an open heart. Hope to see you for what could be an exciting and fun experience.


Br. Richard Buccina


Arrive after 4:00pm on Friday and plan to leave after lunch on Sunday.


Cheryl Butler at or (401) 789-0244 before April 19. Max number of participants is 10. First come first in.


$50 will reserve a place with a free will offering welcome at the event.


Br Richard Buccina at or Br Ed Phelan at

The Aging Process:
The Grape, Better with Age but Different

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Christian Brothers Academy
850 Newman Springs Rd
Lincroft, NJ 07738

Includes lunch

Open to all Lasallians

Older adulthood is so much about time and how we want to live and be in relation with others amid the reality of having fewer remaining days. — Cahalan


This DENA connect event will be in two parts: “Common Misconceptions about the Aging Process” in the morning and “Let’s Take a Look at Normal Aging” in the afternoon.

Presenter & Facilitator

Mr. Alfred Norwood, BS, MBA, has worked for many years advising assisted living, home care and nursing facilities on formation programs of all types.


Arrive after 4:00pm on Friday and plan to leave after lunch on Sunday.


All activities for the day will take place in the CBA Lincroft Community room. Further information: Br. Thomas Casey at

Stay Over

Some overnight accommodations are available at CBA. Contact: Br. Pat Bradley, Community Guestmaster


Workshop and lunch sponsored by DENA. Participants are responsible for their own transportation.


Please call or contact Mrs Janice Shea at or 732.380.7926 before May 1.