July 17 – 22

Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York

$395 includes all meals, events, and housing

“Gratuitousness makes it possible for us to welcome the stranger.”

–Pope Francis

During this Sunday through Friday retreat, we will explore our community and relationships, the respect we show for each other, and the authentic sharing of our unique selves, and our very being. These are but a few of the ways gratuity remains an essential part of Lasallian education in the 21st century. During our week of faith, service, and community, we will, together and by association, learn and serve the needs of our lives, our schools, our local communities, and our world.

The USCCB says the Church’s social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. Our increasingly divided world makes our work for justice more difficult, but all the more necessary. Our Lasallian heritage has shown throughout the centuries that gratuity and education are powerful tools in this vocation. From the establishment of the Institute, “Gratuity required that the Brother treat all his pupils equally, without favoring those who were better off, better looking, more attractive individually.”

— Br. Gerard Rummery, FSC

No more than 10 students with at least 1 adult moderator (faculty/staff only) providing accompaniment per 5 students.
Note: If a majority of your school’s delegation is of one gender, please send at least one moderator of that same gender.

LYA is looking for Students…

  • Currently in grades 9 – 11 (entering grades 10 – 12 this fall)
  • Actively involved with community service
  • Engaged in leadership on campus and or peer ministry or spiritual life
  • With the capacity to serve their school or local communities in deeper ways
  • Who strive to model the qualities of a Lasallian education

LYA is looking for Moderators…

  • Willing to actively engage in the activities of the week
  • Possessing a genuine openness to growth and deepening of their Lasallian vocation
  • With the ability to facilitate and accompany small group conversations

Registration Timeline

  • By Friday, May 27, each participant (students and moderators) should complete the online registration on this page. You may complete on behalf of the student.
  • By Friday, June 10, final payment must be completed. You will receive a preliminary list on which your ministry will be billed.
  • By Wednesday, June 15, the below-required forms must be electronically transmitted (scan to email, fax, etc) and hard copies brought with you to Manhattan College:

Additional Important Information

  • LYA begins on a Sunday afternoon. No delegates will be allowed to arrive late or leave early. Please check your schedules and make sure that you and your students are available for the entire week. Please note that the ministry, not the student, will be billed.
  • It will not be possible to obtain a refund for any student. Same-gender substitutions may be made until June 15.
  • Additional information, draft schedules, packing lists, etc. will be provided by early June.
  • Please familiarize yourself and your students well with the Manhattan College COVID-19 protocols and make specific, practical, and timely plans in the event one of your students or moderators tests positive for COVID-19. N.B. Your ministry, NOT DENA, will be responsible to handle any issues that arise from violations of COVID or behavior policies.