March 31 – April 2, 2019

Double Tree Hotel
Tinton Falls-Eatontown, NJ
700 Hope Street
Eatontown, NJ 07724
(732) 544.9300

Registration closed. Please contact Maryann Donohue-Lynch with questions.

March 31:  Registration 7:00 pm
April 2:  Workshop Conclusion  1:30 pm
Dress: Business casual

One Heart. One Commitment. One Life.

Accompanying Youth on Their Faith Journey

The annual Brother Luke Salm Religious Education Workshop will be a special gathering this year as we hold it within the context of the Jubilee Year and the Year of Lasallian Vocations. There have been a number of significant events over the past year that have shaped the planning for this 2019 workshop, including: The Global Lasallian Formation Program: Walking with Young People: A Gospel Adventure; Pope Francis’ Synod on Young People; World Youth Day 2019; and the RELAN Vocation Summit. Additionally, DENA’s Strategic Plan calls for renewed emphasis on the evangelizing dimension of the Lasallian mission. We are looking forward to welcoming you to this dynamic District formation event!

The Brother Luke Salm Workshop is an annual professional development and Lasallian formation program primarily for religion teachers and campus ministers, however all Lasallians are invited to attend. This year, as part of the Year of Lasallian Vocations, we are pleased to welcome the ministry based vocation coordinators to the workshop. Our days together will include keynote presentations, time for networking with Lasallian colleagues, personal reflection and communal prayer experiences.

The Brother Luke Salm Religious Education Workshop is underwritten by the Office for Mission and Ministry. The registration fee of $225.00 includes all workshop materials, hotel accommodations, meals and socials.

Please note: transportation is not included in the cost of this workshop.

“The work of the eyes is done. Now go do the work of the heart.” — Maria Rilke Rainer

2019 Workshop Presenters

Bob McCarty, D.Min.
Dynamics of Disaffiliated Youth: What Is This Telling Us About Ministering to Youth?

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Bob McCarty is a pastoral ministry consultant and trainer and has been in professional ministry since 1973, serving in parish, school, diocesan, and national settings. He offers retreats, workshops and training programs in ministry skills and issues internationally. Bob serves as the project coordinator for the Saint Mary’s Press research project on disaffiliated young Catholics.

In their study, The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics, Saint Mary’s Press describes extensive research on young Catholics who have left the Church. The disaffiliated provide a window into broader cultural trends that impact the development of a religious identity in a secular age. Are we listening? Have we experienced the challenge of proposing Catholicism as a comprehensive way of living? In this session we will grapple with the implications for our pastoral ministry. Genuine engagement provides a ministerial paradigm and “accompaniment” is the lens through which we can chart out the implications for school, vocational discernment, liturgy, and pastoral ministry. And we will consider pastoral strategies that enhance affiliation and engagement with the school faith community.

His recent books include: Faith Talk: Having Conversations with Youth that Matter; Thriving in Youth MinistryThe Vision of Catholic Youth Ministry: Fundamentals; Theory and Practice; and Be A Champion for Youth: Standing with, by and for Young People, co-authored with his wife Maggie.

Bob is a volunteer in his parish youth ministry and catechetical program at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fulton, MD. Bob has a BS in Sociology/Theology from St. Joseph’s University, an MA in Religious Education from La Salle University and a D.Min. from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana. Bob is adjunct faculty at Catholic University of America and University of Dallas. His hobbies include rock climbing, cycling, and grandparenting!

Dr. Kevin Ahern, PhD
What Difference Does A Synod on Youth Make?

Kevin Glauber Ahern, PhD is a theological ethicist and an assistant professor of religious studies at Manhattan College. His research focuses on significance of Catholic institutional ministries, Christian social movements, and the church’s engagement with youth and young adults.

He is the author of Structures of Grace: Catholic Organizations Serving the Global Common Good. Ahern is the editor of several books, including the award-winning Visions of Hope: Emerging Theologians and the Future of the Church, The Radical Bible, and Public Theology and the Global Common Good. His most recent publication, God’s Quad, examines the experiences of small faith communities on college campuses with more than a dozen case studies and practical took kits for organizing young adults.

From 2003-2007, Kevin served as the president of International Movement of Catholic Students. In 2016, he was elected International President of the International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs (ICMICA-Pax Romana), a global movement of intellectual and professionals in the tradition of specialized Catholic Action. Kevin lives in Sleepy Hollow, NY, with his wife Beth and his two children.

Maryann Donohue-Lynch
Accompanying Young People Today: The Lasallian Mission of Evangelization

Maryann Donohue-Lynch, MA Theology, Saint John’s University, NY, currently serves as Associate Executive Director in the DENA Office of Mission and Ministry. Maryann has been engaged in church ministry for over 40 years beginning with her involvement as a student in college campus ministry at SUNY Geneseo, NY, and living in community at Catholic Worker in upstate NY.

Her commitment to Catholic Worker continued through ministry on Long Island where she and her husband Brian began a soup kitchen with Sisters of Mercy. Maryann responded to an invitation to coordinated social justice and advocacy ministry for Diocese of Providence, RI, as well as an invitation to engage in ministry in Central America.

In 1995, she accepted an invitation to teach at La Salle Academy in Providence, RI, which began her vocational journey with the Brothers of the Christian Schools. She has served the Lasallian mission as a teacher, campus minister, President-Principal and now is engaged in ministry through the Brothers’ District of Eastern North America. Maryann is the co-founder of Lasallian Women of Hope, a program that provides girls and women access to a Lasallian education. In her capacity as District Twinning Coordinator, she has traveled extensively throughout Kenya to visit Lasallian ministries. Maryann is a presenter at international, regional and district formation programs. She has published numerous articles, the latest being in the recent De La Salle Today.

She and Brian live in Providence, RI. They currently joined the ranks of being grandparents–in her opinion “the best vocational call yet!”

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

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