Täglich werden hier Texte (in englischer Sprache) und Fotos vom Treffen online gestellt.
Der oberste Eintrag ist auf Deutsch und von Mag. Elisabeth Halmer.
In der Eröffnungsrede bezeichnete Aidan Kilty die Konferenz als historischen Moment. Die Komplexität der unterschiedlichen Situationen und Wirklichkeiten von RELEM führt in unserer säkularisierten Welt zu diversen Herausforderungen für die lasallianische Mission. In einer Region mit über 20 Sprachen und vielen verschiedenen Kulturen müssen Strukturen geschaffen werden, die der sinkenden Zahl von Brüdern und der steigenden Bedeutung von Laien Rechnung trägt. Eine große Herausforderung wird es sein, eine neue Generation von leitenden Personen zu finden, die die lasallianische Tradition und Mission fortführen, auch wenn sie keine oder kaum Berührung mit den Brüdern haben. Weiters wird es nötig sein – trotz der teilweise prekären finanziellen Herausforderung – adäquate Formen der lasallianischen Schulevaluierung zu finden, denn nur weil sich eine Schule lasallianisch nennt, ist sie noch nicht lasallianisch, so Aidan Kilty.
Täglich widmeten sich die über 60 TeilnehmerInnen aus allen neun Provinzen einem Schwerpunkt und erörterten die eingebrachten Vorschläge, die die Zukunft von RELEM und die lasallianische Mission sichern sollen. In Kleingruppen und im Plenum wurden diese teilweise bis spät in die Nacht diskutiert und überarbeitet, um finale Anträge für die Abstimmung zu Identität, Fort- und Weiterbildung und Strukturen vorzubereiten. Es wurde täglich Zeit eingeplant, damit jede Provinz für sich die besprochenen Inhalte und deren Relevanz für ihre Realität reflektieren konnte. Auch die VertreterInnen von Zentraleuropa nutzten diese Gelegenheit zum intensiven Austausch. Am letzten Tag der Konferenz wurden alle 26 Anträge zur Sicherung der lasallianischen Zukunft von der Konferenz einstimmig oder mit sehr großer Mehrheit angenommen.
Zu den wesentlichen Entwicklungen in RELEM werden in den nächsten Jahren u. a. die Intensivierung der Fort- und Weiterbildung im Bereich lasallianischer Tradition und Erziehungssendung, die Evaluierung von Schulkonzepten in Bezug auf lasallianische Identität, die Optimierung der Kommunikation und Zusammenarbeit auf allen Ebenen, die Etablierung und Stärkung von Netzwerken (wie u. a. der Young Lasallians) und die Schaffung der dafür notwendigen Strukturen gehören.
Die VertreterInnen aus der Provinz Zentraleuropa waren (alph.) Martin Forisch, Provinzial Br. Vicentiu Ghiurca, Elisabeth Halmer, Br. Peter Magac, Monika Nefzger und Max Röckl. Elisabeth Halmer war im Team der Konferenzvorbereitung und eine der Moderatorinnen der Konferenz.
Mag. Elisabeth Halmer
"Yesterday, the first Lasallian Educational Mission (MEL) Assembly of the RELEM Region was inaugurated at the Motherhouse in Rome. The delegates were welcomed by the Director General of the Motherhouse, by the Vicar General and by the Regional Councellor for RELEM.
There were seventy participants, coming from different Districts and Delegations of the Region meeting in Rome.
These delegates gathered to reflect together on how to promote better networking and to animate the mission into the future together.
This Lasallian Educational Mission (MEL) evolves directly from the spiritual heritage of St. John Baptist De La Salle who taught us to “touch hearts” and that call us unceasingly to dare.
Placing Association at the heart of the educational project, our Founder invites us to lead in “collaboration”, to work together in order to overcome personal deficiencies.
The Region is developing. In the space of ten years, the Region has known innumerable changes and profound re-structuring. Without doubt, the Region will continue to develop.
In the meantime, this Region has specific gifts and challenges. People speak 20 languages in the 23 different countries where the Region is situated. Twenty three different cultural, social, economic and political realities.
This diversity is also the basis for the energy experienced here.
Nevertheless, the Region is still being called to:
- Preserve the Lasallian identity of our establishments
- Ensure Formation on the heritage and Lasallian ethos
- Define the structures for the organisation of the Lasallian Mission
On this first day it was opportune to pose the Lasallian identity question in the Region through the 7 propositions which were discussed in groups prior to changes in order to enrich the final document.
The 9 Districts and Delegations underlined the quality of work preparation. This is attested by the witness and enthousiasm reflected in the thinking and the initiatives which will be undertaken by this new AMEL."
"The Delegates this morning gathered in quiet prayer before beginning their deliberations for the day. They meditated on two themes:
Saint John Baptist De La Salle: “See Jesus through the “rags” of the children you teach” - our children may be well dressed but…
And Gospel Passage - Greatness is of no use in the Kingdom of God… but becoming like a little child is …
Moving then to the Aula Magna, the delegates worked on Version 2 of the Document -Identity..
The Chair led the delegates through these changes.
In the afternoon, before the new theme on Formation was presented, the chair requested some time to present the work of the Writing committee on Version 2.
Br. Jesus Felix Martinez followed with his presentation titled “Formation in Lasallian Ethos and Heritage”. After taking some questions and observations from the floor, the three language Groups retired to work further on the Document.
On their return to the plenary sessions all three groups commented positively on the work done in preparation of this document. Some suggestions were made and recommendations offered.
In spite it is just being only the second work day, the feeling among the Delegates is one of general satisfaction about the direction that the Assembly is taking. People are energized and have the will to continue building the Region together and in collaboration.”
"Yesterday, the day begun with prayers after which the Writing Committee presented the second version of the Document on “Lasallian Formation” with the suggested modifications. Then, the language groups continued the discussion and the reflections helped the Writing Committee to make improvements to the text. Following this, representing the Work Commission of RELEM for the preparation of the Assembly, Ms. Elisabeth Halmer (Central Europe) and Geert Mortier (North Belgium) presented the Document titled “Structures for the Organization of the Lasallian Mission in the RELEM”.
According to the Writing Committee, the structures must be at the service of formation and the Lasallian identity. The present structures in RELEM are diverse. Structures ought to take in consideration the guarantee of the future Lasallian Mission, solidarity, encouragement of lay people, sharing and personal exchanges.
The language groups, after a long session of hard work, returned to share the contributions on the subject of structures. While there were more changes to the Document than in the other sessions, the delegates made a big effort to establish a good foundation to Region’s common project.
Faith, brotherhood and service offer Lasallians a path for growth, where each step may lead Lasallians to construct together and by association the Reign of God while giving an education to the young."
"The day’s work yesterday October 18, kicked off with the presentation of the changes brought up to the Writing Committee relating to the document on Structures for RELEM.
The biggest task of the writing committee was to align the three language texts so that they conveyed as much as humanly possible a sense of unity of purpose.
Consequently, the attempt to reflect deeply on Structures was in the space of a day changed to a deeper appreciation of the complex realities which are at the very foundation of the richness of our Region.
Also, the changes that needed to be made to the document were of such importance that we were motivated to go back to the sources of the Lasallian educational Mission as well as keeping focussed on the future.
The groups were then invited to look again at the newer version and to think once again how to integrate the links between identity, formation and structures.
This last task in the small language groups will be closing of the debates over the propositions.
Finally, at a plenary assembly, the Secretariat for Lasallian International Solidarity shared their work and activities with the delegates.
Opening with a couple of questions which go to the heart of his MEL assembly. What constitutes a Lasallian school? What makes a Lasallian school different from any other?
Givings some basic statics - the number of students in the network, the number of projects on behalf of vulnerable people the presenters invited the delegates to promote the integration of school subject teaching with the global goals of international solidarity. "
"Gathering in the aula Magna this morning the delegates began their deliberations with prayers.
The coordinator presented the tasks of the day.
Br. Nestor took the floor to announce the next International Lasallian Educational Mission (CIAMEL). The next meeting will be in Mai 4-15, 2020. The aim of this meeting is to prepare proposals for future actions for the next AIMEL. He suggested ways in which we can contribute towards this meeting. We may participate by evaluating and sharing our own Mel developments since 2013. We can write in with regional proposals. All contributions will be integrated into its report to the AIMEL.
Announcement was made of an Education Congress in Mexico between 14-16 March 2019 as part of tercentenary celebrations.
The coordinator requested the delegates to move to the voting .The delegates proceed with the voting taking each proposition of each theme one by one.
Once the voting was over the coordinator presented the final declaration of the Assembly which will be communicated to the Lasallian world to help them see what we have lived during this week.
The text of the declaration was read by Br. Jesu Felix in Spanish. The assembly were invited to react. The text was approved by 53 votes yes and 3 abstentions.
Br. Aidan Kilty finally gave the final and closing speech to the Assembly thanking everyone for their participation and cooperation."