On Friday the 28th of September, we held our fourth Conference on the theme of ‘Seeing”, which was part of our ninth District Chapter and our seventh Mission Assembly. We reflected on “Association, present and future, in the Lasallian Community of Argentina and Paraguay”, which includes Buenos Aires, Pigüé, Florida, Paraguay, Santa Fe y Córdoba.
We started by sharing four videos showing various experiencias of association that we have organised in the District. The starting theme for discussion “Speaking about association today and about its future”.
Laurent Vrigon, coordinator of the Educational Fraternities in France, told us how these had arisen and what needs they were responding to.
Keane Palatino, International Coordinator for Young Lasallians, set out the challenges that are facing young Lasallians on an international scale.
Brother Álvaro Rodríguez Echeverría, Rector of the Universidad La Salle de Costa Rica, shared with us his vision on the meaning of association in the Lasallian spirit. Brother Pedro Gil Larrañaga, professor emeritus of Educational Anthropology in the Universidad San Pío X (Madrid), did the same in relation to the teachings of St Jean-Baptise de La Salle in this respect.
From within the District, Rodrigo Quirós was invited to reflect on the decision to mount a formation pathway for new members of the Association of Educacionists in Argentina. He reviewed the motives for the decision, its implications and the results attained up to now. Carolina Stika, vicedirector of the primary level in Villa del Rosario commented on her experience in joining a Lasallian community. She spoke of the process by which she learned about the symbols, the reference models and the work, and how she came to feel indentified with the Lasallian community.
Professor Genaro Comet spoke a few words in which he listed the main points in Lasallian history of the Institute and of our District. He also pointed out the challenges and the key points for understanding this shared story.
After two and a half hours of intense work in community discussion, attention was given to the recent conference “The dialogue between the teaching of Pope Francis and the Lasallian school”, which was organised by the Pastoral Institute for Adolescence