La Salle University will host the annual Lasallian Youth Assembly of the District of Eastern North America (DENA) of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, which will bring 150 educators and students to campus from July 17 to July 22. The theme for this year’s gathering is “Liberty and Justice for All.” La Salle was founded and is operated by the same order.
Students and teachers come from 15 Lasallian secondary schools, one parish in Queens, NY, that has a Lasallian youth group, and one secondary school outside DENA where the Brothers were once present.
The teachers and students will visit many sites throughout Philadelphia for prayers and presentations, including Old St. Joseph’s Catholic Church; the National Liberty Museum in which small groups will be led by docents through the museum’s permanent exhibits; a talk by Amelia Kegan, of the Bread for the World organization at the Philadelphia Friends Center, on domestic hunger; and a presentation on Quakers and Roman Catholics in Philadelphia: A Brief History, also at the Friends Center.
For two days, the students and teachers will volunteer at schools, as well as civic and charitable organizations throughout the city. “We’re seeking to emphasize the role of civic engagement for broader notions of discipleship and citizenship,” said Br. Ernest J. Miller, F.S.C., Associate Director for Mission and Ministry for DENA. The Assembly includes the promotion of the vocations, both generally and specifically for the Lasallian Christian Brothers.