La Salle Religious from Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand pose for a photo with Archbishop Nicholas Chia after their May 15 gathering. Also in the photo are Vicar General Br Thomas Johnson (fourth from left) and Br David Hawke, General Councillor for the Pacific Asia region (fourth from right).
The La Salle Brothers have launched their new Religious administrative division covering seven territories.
About 200 of the congregation’s representatives and lay associates from Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand gathered on May 15 to inaugurate this new “district”, called the Lasallian East Asia District (LEAD).
The event took place at the St Joseph’s Institution Performing Arts Centre.
Filipino Br Edmundo Fernandez was formally appointed Brother Visitor of LEAD, the equivalent of a provincial.
Filipino Br Edmundo Fernandez, Brother Visitor of the Lasallian East Asia District.
In his speech, the Hong Kong-based Brother called for a greater sharing of resources and personnel among the La Salle communities in these countries, called “sectors”. They comprise a total of 105 Lasallian schools with 175,000 students and 15,000 teachers.
He also called for patience, prayer, imagination and creativity as the Brothers and associates try to refound the Lasallian presence in these places.
In his address, La Salle Vicar General Br Thomas Johnson recalled the restructuring process that began in 2003 under the guidance of Br David Hawke, General Councillor for the Pacific Asia region.
The meeting also saw new leaders appointed for the seven sectors. The new leader for Singapore is now Br Paul Ho, a Malaysian. He takes over from Br Collin Wee.
The event, which was transmitted live over the Internet, began with a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Nicholas Chia, Redemptorist Fr Gerard Louis and Franciscan Friar John Wong.
The decision to hold the ceremony at St Joseph’s Institution was to recall the coming of the six pioneer Brothers to Singapore and Penang in 1852.