The International Session of Lasallian Studies (SIEL) is a five-week biennial program organized by the Lasallian Research & Resources Service and the Secretariat for Association and Mission. The 7th meeting was set from 1 October to 2 November 2017, and aimed to come up with a multidisciplinary publication that will contribute to the Declaration of Lasallian Education for the 21st Century. This is in view of the Brother Superior’s and the General Council’s invitation to become “Lasallians without limits”.
To attend the meeting 13 Lasallian educators (i.e., teachers, professors, researchers, pastoral ministry workers, formators, and De La Salle Brothers) in representation of RELEM, RELAL and PARC.
This year’s SIEL Staff is composed of five La Salle Brothers. One is from the Fundación La Salle Argentina (Br. Santiago Rodriguez-Mancini), one from PARC (Br. Manuel Pajarillo, and three from the Casa Generalizia (Brs. Diego Muñoz, Servicio Investigacion RL; Nestor Anaya, Secretariado MEL; and Hilaire Raharilalao, Archives Lasallienes, respectively.
On the 1st of October 2017, the 7th SIEL opened at the De La Salle Generalate in Rome with a welcome socialization and orientation spearheaded Br. Diego Muñoz, FSC, its Director. Then, the SIEL Participants and Staff had a reception lunch with the two communities of De La Salle Brothers of the Motherhouse. It was followed by a familiarization tour of the city of Rome in the afternoon. This first day of SIEL culminated closed with Mass dinner with the Motherhouse Brothers’ communities.
Brother Superior General Robert Schieler, FSC formally welcomed the SIEL 2017 participants the next day, October 2, 2017. During his inspirational message, Br. Robert highlighted some realities of Lasallian education today and invited the participants to continue the reflection on our Lasallian Mission and contribute to the Institute’s Declaration of Lasallian Education for the 21st Century.
The first two weeks of the SIEL 2017 have been most productive, by inviting Brothers and other resource persons to talk about catechesis, pastoral ministry, and the faith-culture dialogue.
Much of the time was spent on fruitful inputs on the Faith-Culture Dialogue in Lasallian Institutions and the subsequent reflections, as well as building community and learning to work as a research team. Every Wednesday also, the participants shared their Institution’s Best Practices. On the first weekend, the SIEL 2017 community group made a pilgrimage to Assisi, spending a day of prayerful reflection. The second weekend culminated in a Recollection that allowed the participants to continue the reflections and center everything (i.e., inputs and experiences) on the life of Jesus and God’s teachings.
The third, fourth and fifth weeks have been devoted to sessions on specific topics as personal synthesis by language, a plenary synthesis, a general index, a personal work and / or writing the collaborative research papers.