The International Council for Lasallian Association and the Educational Mission
Definition and Purpose
The International Council for Lasallian Association and the Educational Mission (CIAMEL), as defined by its statutes, is a deliberative and collaborative body of Brothers and Partners representing the worldwide Institute. It is established for the animation and direction of all existing and future educational programs that embody the Lasallian mission. CIAMEL’s work reflects the ambition of supporting every student confided to our care, especially the poor and the most vulnerable.
- To carry out the prioritized lines of action proposed by the International Assembly for the Lasallian Educational Mission (AIMEL 2013), and to evaluate their impact particularly in service to the poor and the most vulnerable.
- To implement the propositions of the 45th General Chapter related to CIAMEL’s mandate.
- To develop a prophetic vision for the Lasallian network based upon worldwide studies on current realities and possibilities for the future.
- To identify the District and Regional structures of the Lasallian educational mission that already exist and to foster their formation in places where they do not exist.
- To support good administration in existing works to assure their viability.
- To support and encourage educational projects on the international level in favor of the most vulnerable.
- To network with Lasallian universities and centers of higher education with a view to strengthening links, pooling resources, and encouraging research for the benefit of the Lasallian Mission.
- To promote the integral formation of all Lasallians with a view to fostering a deeper understanding and broader implementation of the Lasallian mission.
- To strengthen the Lasallian network of ministries in accordance with the criteria of solidarity and interdependence.
- To bring together Lasallians from diverse sectors of the Institute to create ad-hoc committees for specific projects.
- To collaborate with the Secretariats and Services of the Generalate on mission-related work.
- To develop a guide for institutional evaluation, based on criteria developed by the Secretariat of Association and Mission, to assess and strengthen the commitment of members in the ministries in the Lasallian educational network.
The strategic role that this new structure is entrusted with requires a careful selection of its membership, which ideally will be composed of one third Brothers and two-thirds Partners. This selection will follow a process guided by, and based on, specific criteria that aim at selecting Lasallians from the worldwide Institute who are capable of contributing to the fulfillment of the Council´s mandate. The approved statutes provide these criteria to all those involved in the selection process of candidates, namely the Brother Visitors and the Brother General Councilors for the Regions. The Brother Superior General and his Council will make the final appointments with a view to ensuring balance and diversity in the membership of the Council.
Rose Dala Nanema, Afrique de l´Ouest
Colette Allix, France
Antoine Béland, ICYL
Merv McComrack, PARC
Br. William Mann, IALU
H. Jesús Félix Martínez, fsc RELEM
Br. Ferdinand Biziyaremiye, FSC RELAF
H. Carlos M. Castañeda Casas, fsc RELAL
This new structure aims to provide a dynamic and efficient process. To effect this:
- The initial Council meeting will include an orientation on the interaction of the Council with other international structures. New members will also receive an orientation upon joining the Council.
- In the first year of operation, the Council will meet twice in person.
- After the first year, and bearing in mind the financial implications, the Council, in consultation with the Brother Superior General and his Council, will decide as to whether it should meet once or twice a year.
- If necessary, the Chair, in consultation with the Brother General Councilor for Association and Mission, may 27 call other meetings, held via teleconference.
- The Council will commit itself to a process of discernment and prayerful reflection, respecting the voices of all present in order to achieve consensus.
- At the discretion of the Brother Superior General and his Council, an annual joint meeting may be scheduled to ensure an alignment of priorities.
- The Council may engage technical experts to advise and inform it on specific issues.
- The Council, in the conduct of its work, will establish ad-hoc teams for special projects. It will decide how project work and outcomes are implemented and disseminated across the Lasallian educational Network.
- In the course of given projects, the Council may request closer collaboration with, or support from, specific Secretariats or Services.
- As a part of the annual agenda, the Council will meet with Secretariats and Services of the Generalate to share mutually relevant information.
- Decisions made by CIAMEL will be submitted for approval to the Brother Superior General and his Council.
The appointed members of the Council will convene for the first time in the last quarter of 2015. From then on, they will report periodically to the Brother Superior General and his Council on the progress of their projects. It is hoped that this structure, coming into effect almost a decade after it was first proposed, will prove its resourceful- 28 ness and effectiveness. The report of the Brother Superior General and his Council to the 46th General Chapter will serve as the basis for future decisions about this structure of the Lasallian Educational Mission.
Collection: Towards the Declaration
Nº1 – December 2016