What does it mean to reach out to those on the margins? How can you help young people who are fleeing the war in Ukraine?
Brother Armin Luistro, Superior General of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, and Brother Chris Patiño, FSC, a Brother of the San Francisco New Orleans District (SFNO), addressed these questions and others in a recent meeting with the students and faculty at Lewis University’s LUCE program in Rome, Italy.
Br. Armin encouraged the students to encounter the Lasallians educational mission which reaches out to those who are on the margins of society. He stressed that while it is important to learn about history and culture, it is even more important to take part in this work today.
Br. Armin had just returned to Rome after visiting many Lasallian schools since being elected Superior General in May 2022. He talked about his experience meeting students in Vienna, Austria who had fled their homes in the Ukraine because of the ongoing war there. Their need for education and stability is very real.
Br. Chris encouraged the students to learn more about activities on their home campuses and to get involved locally, regionally, and even internationally. The Lasallian global network is a living tradition. How can you get involved?
It’s been a challenging time for all of us, and it’s helpful to read about other people’s experiences and perspectives. I appreciate the way you’ve highlighted the importance of following guidelines and taking precautions to keep ourselves and others safe. It’s also encouraging to read about the progress being made with vaccines and treatments. Let’s continue to stay vigilant and support each other through this difficult time.