It was a day to reflect on the rich history of the Lasallian mission, and celebrate the vision and dedication by teachers providing human and Christian education to the young.
Each year, Lasallians honor the feast day of their patron saint, John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the institute of the Christian Schools and patron saint of teachers
Lasallian schools such as De la Salle secondary, Sacred Heart teacher’s college, and Jubilee catholic, among those throughout the country who commemorated the feast day.
Principal and director of Lasalle Hohola Youth Development Centre, Brother Antony Swamy, in his opening speech stated that the De la Salle Christian brothers had answered a call to a vocation of faith, service and community.
Bernadette Ove, long-serving Principal of Jubilee Catholic Secondary, also a Lasallian school, spoke of the virtues and values of being a lasallian educator, and how important it was to educating the young.
As part of the celebrations which began on Monday, staff and students from Jubilee catholic secondary and hosts, Hohola Youth development centre, held a combined mass.
Main Celebrant, Father Kevin Dance, spoke of a time of giving thanks as fully as we could, and how fortunate students in PNG were. Father Kevin also held three main points that teacher’s bear in mind when teaching. Receive the child in reverence, educated him in love, and let him go forth in freedom. Students also presented a song in tune with the theme, titled ‘ an act of hope’.
An act of hope is the message carried forward in these trying times and lasallians as well as all Papua New Guineans, are encouraged to take that challenge.
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