of Lasallian Institutions concretizes Synod mission
More than a year after members
of the Lasallian family gathered together in one of the biggest
events that called for the renewal of their commitment to
the Lasallian Mission, the different La Salle schools in the
Philippines have continued to be on the move to concretize
what they vowed to do.
Through the recently established Federation of Lasallian Institutions
(FLI)—composed of all member institutions directly and indirectly
managed by the De La Salle Brothers Philippines—an accrediting
body will be set up to formulate standards that hope to measure
the effectivity of the accomplishment of the Mission Statement.
During the First Lasallian District Synod of the Philippines
held in May 1999, members of the community renewed the Lasallian
Mission, which is an answer to the challenge of creating a
responsive, critical, and liberating educational system.
FLI aims to support the general direction of the District
Synod as well as the apostolic plan of the District Chapter,
and to preserve the charism of our Founder, St. John Baptist
de La Salle. The Federation aims to transform La Salle educational
institutions to be places where Christian maturity and vision
are foremost and where the spirit of faith and zeal will be
the guiding principles.
The Federation Board is composed of the Visitor as chairperson,
the presidents of the Lasallian Institutions as vice chairpersons,
and an executive director. The presidents of the Lasallian
institutions currently refer to Brother Rafael Donato, FSC
(DLS-Lipa), Brother Rolando Dizon, FSC (DLSU System), Brother
Bernard Oca, FSC (La Salle GreenHills), Brother Augustine
Boquer, FSC (University of St. La Salle), Brother Felipe Belleza,
FSC (La Salle Academy), and Brother Benildo Feliciano, FSC
(Immaculate Conception College-La Salle).
The presidents from three Luzon institutions will serve on
a rotation basis as chair of the region for a term of 2 years
eah. Members of the FLI Core Group are Brother Armin Luistro,
FSC, Brother Narciso Erguiza, Jr. FSC, Brother Rafe, Brother
Roly, Brother Bernie, and DLSU-Manila Executive Vice President
Dr. Carmelita Quebengco.
The first FLI general assembly was held on July 14, 2000 at
DLS-Lipa. Former Superior General Brother John Johnston, FSC
delivered the keynote address. Brother John reiterated the
challenge of living the Founder’s story in today’s world,
that is, pursuing first and foremost the goal of education
in the service of the poor. He elaborated on this mission
extensively, discussing at length directions needed for the
achievement of solidarity with the poor, education in social
justice, advocacy for social change, and defense of the rights
of children. Alongside this, he stressed the other half of
the Lasallian charism, which is faith development through
evangelization and pastoral ministries.
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