Accompaniment of Youth in Times of Uncertainty

Monday, October 19 – Thursday, October 22

Monday, October 19

Interiority and the Lasallian Mission | 3:30-4:45 pm

Interiority is central to the Lasallian mission, but it is also found in other religious traditions (mindfulness, meditation) and secular educational practice (teaching journals, etc.). Why interiority? It gives us the space to bring questions, challenges, and successes from our unconscious mind to the surface. It gives us space to recenter within our mission and goals in the face of daily to-do lists. Interiority gives us the space to operate from a place of considered response, not a place of instinctive reaction. In light of our current stressful historical moment,

this interactive workshop will explore ways in which we can use interiority to help our students and Lasallian communities develop considered and relational responses to the structural inequities that have been more starkly revealed in the wake of the pandemic. We’ll use breakout sessions and reflective dialogue to give participants an opportunity to practice interiority and to explore some methods for incorporating interiority and small-group reflection in their courses (including online courses). We’ll start by exploring calls to interiority in Lasallian foundational texts, then practice interiority and reflection individually and in small groups, leading to a virtual gallery walk. We’ll close with a group brainstorm about we might encourage interiority and reflection with our students.

Dr. Jaime Longo is a composition scholar, an educational developer, a practitioner of transformative education both in and out of the classroom, and an accidental instructional design evangelist. At La Salle University in Philadelphia, she ran programs for college students at risk for a difficult transition to college and created a teaching and learning center from the ground up. Her interest in faculty development began as a graduate assistant, and she now focuses her educational development work on engaged pedagogy, justice education, writing across the curriculum, and pedagogical support for at-risk students.

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Centering Prayer | 7:30-8:30 pm

Join with other Lasallians in Centering Prayer. Our time together includes silent prayer, Lectio Davina, and sharing.

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Tuesday, October 20

Faith Formation in the Lasallian Tradition: The Pilgrim’s Journey | 4:00-5:00 pm

The international Secretariat for Lasallian Formation published Lasallian Formation for Mission: The Pilgrim’s Handbook in October 2019. This handbook offers a holistic and comprehensive framework for Lasallian formation that includes the faith formation of our students. This session will introduce participants to the framework and allow for sharing on how it might be applied to our ministry of religious education and faith formation in our schools.

Presenter: Brother Robert Schaefer, FSC

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Wednesday, October 21

Isolation, Inclusion, and Relational Authority | 7:00-8:30 pm

How can you walk with young people to combat the record levels of isolation and loneliness that were present even before Covid-19? In this talk, Dr. Josh Packard, Executive Director of Springtide Research Institute reveals what a year’s worth of research with young people shows about how to build lasting relationships with young people that are influential and impactful. Drawing on over 10,000 surveys and 150 interviews with 13-25 year-olds, Dr. Packard reveals why Relational Authority is the only kind of authority that matters in the lives of young people and how our current approach needs to change to have a true impact. This talk also specifically addresses the issue of race and inclusion among young people and how they intersect with faith formation.

Dr. Josh Packard, Executive Director of Springtide™ Research Institute, is an accomplished researcher and academic with expertise in the sociology of religion and new forms of religious expression. A talented speaker and writer, Josh has been a guest on numerous radio shows and podcasts, including Minnesota Public Radio, Newsworthy with Norsworthy, and others, and has been an invited speaker at many conferences, events, and workshops. He has been published widely in both academic and popular outlets, including Christianity Today, The Huffington Post, Desert News, and Christian Science Monitor, among others.

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Thursday, October 22

Professional Accompaniment Groups

Campus Ministers | 10:00am – 11:00am

It’s All About Community
Now more than ever the role of community and spiritual accompaniment is of vital importance in our schools and ministries. In the spring of 2021, DENA will have a new formation program on Lasallian spiritual accompaniment. Learn about this new program and how together we can continue to walk our journey of faith together.

Religion Teachers | 11:30am – 12:30pm 

The Classroom: Missionary Territory
The classroom is a sacred space. In that space, we accompany young people in their faith development and spiritual journey. This session will provide new resources available to teachers of Religion. There will also be time for professional sharing.

Vocation Coordinators | 1:00pm- 2:00pm

“Widening the Net: Collaborating with Others to Promote FSC Vocations
This will be a one-hour session to share current vocation efforts at the local/district level, as well as some thoughts and ideas of how to involve other people/departments at the local level to share in the promotion efforts of FSC vocations. The discussion will cover such ideas as involving the development/alumni office, the coordinators of the daily news announcements, school newspaper, and yearbook moderators, new parent video, the FSC vocation survey from the last academic year, or other ideas that local vocation coordinators may have. The goal would be to create a more robust “Culture of Vocations” within each individual apostolate.

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LukeSalmThe goal of this annual workshop is to enhance and support the Christian education and evangelization of the young by providing professional development for and accompaniment to the District’s Religious Studies instructors, Campus Ministers and other Lasallian educators. Named in memory and honor of Luke Salm, a Brother of the Christian Schools and a theologian, he was the first non-ordained person in the Catholic Church to receive a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD). He ministered in religious and theological education at Manhattan College for over 40 years. He played a significant role in drafting The Brothers of the Christian Schools: A Declaration, a seminal text from the 39th General Chapter following Vatican II for renewal of the Brother’s vocation and the Lasallian educational mission. Lovingly known as “one of the Lasallian giants, his very ‘presence brightened everything’ and his devotion as brother, teacher, and friend inspired and taught many, not only ‘the road to heaven,’ but the pathway toward a more full and glorious life” (William Mann, FSC).

Previous Workshops

2019 – One Heart. One Commitment. One Life.

2017 – The Growing Trend of Disaffiliated Young Catholics

2016 – Lasallian Education: Evangelizing and Catechizing in a Community of Welcome

2015 – The Radical Good News of the Gospel: Evangelizing Youth Today

2014 – Huether Conference on Evangelization and Catechesis

2013Fostering Faith in Adolescence: A New Map for Changing Territory

2012The Multi-Cultural Realities of Evangelization and Catechesis

2011Sharing Faith: The Lasallian Vision of Christian Education

2010Evangelization and Catechesis in the 21st Century


“The Lasallian school is to be a living community where young people, coming from different social (ethnic, religious) and family backgrounds, educate one another by mutual understanding and respect, openness of mind in dialogue, acceptance of the uniqueness and limitations of each, growth in spirit of service, and the practice of justice and charity.”

— The Brother of the Christian Schools in the World Today: A Declaration, 1967