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Lasallian Youth Gathering 2014

Monday morning, July 7, 7:45am; bleary eyed and already missing the luxury of sleeping in after one week of holidays, Thomas Brasher (College Leader), Luke Brownhill (College Leader), Edward Hirst (Year 12), Luke Torrisi (Year 12) and I await departure for Brisbane to attend the 2014 Lasallian Youth Gathering (July 7–11).

Off for a week, it wasn’t until we’d made it to our accommodation and were struck by the energy and fervor of other Year 12 students, Old Collegians, Brothers and Lasallian Youth Ministers that the excitement and anticipation for what we would be experiencing throughout the week took hold and snapped us out of our holiday stupor. Faced with participants from the USA, PNG, New Zealand, and nearly every Australian state and territory, there was no doubt that the Youth Week would be a fulfillng experience. Built around the theme of Be an Act of Hope, participants were challenged to dissect what this ‘Lasallian thing’ was and how their faith could metamorphose through service and community. Below are reflections from two De La Salle representatives that attended.

Olivia Wenczel, College Leader Coordinator

A truly humbling experience. I was fascinated to talk to and learn about the amazing Lasallian students from across the world and what being a Lasallian meant to each of them. It was interesting to learn the broader perspective of how different Lasallians around the world operate and continue the teachings and preachings of St. John Baptist de La Salle and to learn about schools other than De La Salle Malvern. This experience was truly unique, granting me new friends and making me realise how privileged I am to be part of the Lasallian community and part of St. John Baptist’s community and his De La Salle Brothers. I would like to thank Ms Wenczel, Philippe Dulawan and James Camden for providing me with this opportunity.”

Luke Brownhill

LYG 2014 was one of the best experiences of my life, with some of the best people I will ever meet in my life! When everyone you just met is someone you felt like you’d known for years, you know that you’re in good company. Along with the many friends made along the trip, there were other important aspects of the trip, including the call to be an act of hope in the wider community. With all the privileges that we have, Lasallians across Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the USA were called upon to join in on projects such as Share the Mission, Balgo Camp and Boys Town in order to be a positive impact on the lives of others.”

Thomas Brasher