The De La Salle Brothers of Vietnam had their annual retreat from June 11 to June 16 at the monastery of the Cistercian sisters located beside Vung Tau Beach. According to the experience of some of the young Brothers, the monastery was a wonderful place for them to spend a week in renewing their commitment to God, who calls them and sends them to the young students they serve everyday at their schools. Forty Brothers gathered for this first group of annual retreats. The second group will include another 40 Brothers at La Salle Mai Thon, a center of formation of the De La Salle Brothers in Vietnam.
Every annual retreat, the District of Vietnam uses Brother Superior General’s pastoral letter to reflect and share. During the Year of Lasallian Vocations, the retreat focused on Lasallian Charism, vocations and mission. The first half of the week was a time for reflection on recent texts from the Center of the Institute: vocation bulletins and the “Walking Together” reflection. The second half of the week retreat was time to reflect on the recent documents released by the Holy See which was entitled “New Wine in New Skins”.
At the end of the week-long retreat, 16 young Brothers renewed their religious vows. Thanks be to God that our young Brothers continue to commit themselves to serve God’s children and find true meaning as De La Salle Brothers in this challenging modern world. More and more poor young people in Vietnam are thirsting for good education and meaning in life. Each young Brother is a gift that God presents to the whole Institute and to students with whom God calls him to serve in schools and encounter in everyday life.
Br. Simon Thien, FSC