VEGA One of the brightest stars in the night sky. An Italian acronym for the words Vedere, Giudicare, Agire meaning See, Judge, Act.

The VEGA conference is an exciting gateway experience to becoming further committed as a Young Lasallian. VEGA aims to foster association for mission, as well as providing a space for young Lasallian educators to capture a sense of what it will take to keep Lasallian education in the 21st century vital and vibrant. The DENA Young Lasallian Professionals Council and the DENA Office for Mission and Ministry invite you to join us for a week-long in-person gathering focused on practical skills, formative and foundational Lasallian concepts, community building, and prayer.

Objectives for VEGA

As participants will be invited to consider how their vocational calling can connect with the VEGA call “to SEE, to JUDGE, and to ACT,” the key tenets of the gathering will be to:

  • Encourage and support an authentic response to the Gospel and our Lasallian vocation
  • Continue to give life to the Lasallian Core Values
  • Encourage Young Lasallian Professionals to analyze the world around them with hearts of faith and eyes for justice

Participant Profile

When considering potential participants for VEGA, please keep the profile information below in mind.

  • Young Lasallian Professionals (aged 22-35)
    • participating in their first formal formational experience in the Lasallian world, and who possess an openness to growth OR
    • who have participated in previous formal formation experiences and would like to deepen their connection with the mission.
  • Participants should exhibit a sense of commitment to the Lasallian mission and an openness to deepening that commitment
  • Participants should also be open to serving as servant leaders and have the capacity to catalyze change within their ministry community.
  • Participants should be actively involved or seeking to increase their involvement in the life of the ministry community
  • Participants should commit to the entirety of the program

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.

What is VEGA?

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In response to the call of the Christian Brothers, and of its Superior General, Br. Alvaro Rodriguez Echeverria, FSC, to provide educative and formative experiences for Lasallian educators between 22 and 35 years old, the Young Lasallians VEGA Workshop was created. This workshop further engages and encourages these young educators to be more deeply involved with Brothers’ mission of “a human and Christian education to the young, especially the poor.”

First held in the Christian Brothers’ Region of Europe and the Mediterranean (RELEM) in 2009 at the Generlate in Rome, and then in the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN) in 2010 at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN, this DENA VEGA program will be the 4th VEGA as it continues to keep the enthusiastic energy of Lasallian education growing and going.

The Young Lasallians VEGA Workshop will not only educate, but will also invite Lasallian educators to take a deeper look at their vocations as teachers. It further asks them to discuss and work toward what it will take to keep Lasallian education in the 21st century vital and vibrant. Participants will be asked to take a deeper look at the roots of poverty in order to find structural solutions and for educating to justice.