Over the past week, 18 young De La Salle Brothers from the District of Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea gathered to unite, reflect and to share as brothers without borders in mission and community.
The gathering was held at La Salle High in Bangna which is a school in Bangkok for 5000 students from Kindergarten to senior levels.
There were positive signs for future vocations in the District with 11 young De La Salle Brothers from Pakistan and five from Papua New Guinea attending the event.
All brothers in temporary or within five years of their perpetual vows were encouraged to attend the week of seminars.
The week was greatly assisted by the presence of Br Ricky Laguda General Councillor of the Pacific Asia Regional Conference, Br Chris Gorringe, Auxiliary Visitor and Br Felix the Secretary for Formation for the English speaking Institute.
The theme of the gathering was centred on “healthy living” of mind, body and soul as 21st century Religious men.
The Brothers were fortunate to have the services of Dr Geradine and Dr Tony Robinson from Australia in leading sessions on self-knowledge and self-awareness in ministry and community.
They were also greeted by Dr Awais from Pakistan who specialises in the treatment of pain and body management giving an exciting and interactive presentation on muscle stretches and relief.
A special highlight of the week came on the day the Brothers visited the Redemptorist refuge for Disabled Youth in Pattaya.
This refuge was established to support marginalised young people from the streets who were made to feel like outcasts due to their disabilities.
The young brothers were able to experience a sense of shared mission with the ministry in seeing the importance of caring for the last, the lost and the least in society.