A Message from Maryann Donohue-Lynch
DENA Twinning Coordinator
Greetings DENA Lasallians,
Since March of 2020, the global coronavirus pandemic has presented challenges that few could have imagined. This is especially true for our brothers and sisters in developing nations.
On behalf of the RELAN Twinning program, I offer our deep gratitude for the way that many of you have responded to the needs of your twin school during these most unique times. The emergence of the Covid virus had a significant impact on the educational system in the LWANGA schools, such as in Kenya where the government had to change the timing of the traditional school year, or in Eritrea where the government moved forward with the nationalization of the Brothers’ schools.
As Lasallians, we embrace our heritage that education happens within the context of community. The classroom is viewed as a place of salvation, and the relationships that are formed there represent the essence of who we are as Lasallian educators. Due to the pandemic, traditional ways of providing education were upended. Across the Lasallian world, educators responded with innovative practices and inspiring personal commitments to their students and their families.
The reality is that Covid variants are still impacting our global educational systems–but Lasallians are people of hope and will continue to provide an education to the best of our ability to the young people that God has entrusted to our care.
Despite the challenges, the Twinning relationships have remained strong. Brother Visitor for Lwanga Ghebreyesus Habte, FSC, and General Councilor for RELAN Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC, have chosen the theme of Dreaming Together for the Future for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please view their welcome video here.
For this Lenten season, new resources have been developed. Of particular note are the updates from each LWANGA ministry regarding how the coronavirus has affected their educational community. Also new is the opportunity to donate directly to a Lwanga ministry through Christian Brothers Conference–this can be found on the individual Lwanga ministry page.
To our DENA-based Twinning coordinators, thank you, for your continued commitment and efforts on behalf of our sisters and brothers of the Lwanga District. We continue to pray for the day when the pandemic is controlled and we can once again be fully in one another’s presence.
Associate Executive Director
Office for Mission and Ministry