VI highlights global
panel talks on Shared Mission
the Lasallian Spirit to guide them in establishing their action
plans, the Lasallian leaders of higher education worldwide
set their vision towards global interdependence in tertiary
Hosted by DLSU-Manila, the conference dubbed Encuentro
IV of the International Association of Lasallian Institutions
of Higher Education (IALIHE) was held at the Century Park
Hotel from January 11 to 13.
Brother Jaime Hilario
Barbal Cosan) nversion
He worked in the
community garden rather than in the classroom,
but his commitment as a Brother to Christian education
gave witness to Christ throughout the world. In
July of 1936, he was at Mallerosa on his way to
visit his family at Enviny when the civil war
broke out. Recognized as a Brother, he was arrested
and jailed. In December, he was transferred to
Tarragona and confined in a prison ship with several
other Brothers. On January 5, 1937, he was given
a summary trial. His last words to the assailants
were “To die for Christ, my young friends, is
2, 1908; Entered the novitiate February 24, 1914;
Martyred January 18, 1937; Beatified April 29,
1990; Canonized 1998.
Philippine panel, composed of Brother Armin Luistro, FSC,
Philippine District Provincial, Brother Victor Franco, FSC,
director of the Animation Team-Philippine District, and Dr.
Carmelita Quebengco, executive vice president of DLSU-Manila,
discussed “The Philippine Experience of Shared Mission.”
in her talk defined the Shared Mission as “the equal participation
of Brothers and Lasallian Partners in decision-making structures
concerned with the Lasallian Mission.”
She noted that despite significant progress, the Philippine
experience is still in the transition stage “as some matters
continue to need clarification and fine-tuning.” She also
pointed out the need to clarify the role of the Lasallian
stated that there would be a need for an effective Lasallian
leadership training program for Partners, but only to enhance
the competencies and Lasallianness already possessed, because
the absence of such values and attributes cannot be developed
in any training program.
Brother Armin elaborated on the commitment of the Lasallian
Partners to share in the propagation of the Lasallian Mission,
as evidenced by the growing involvement of the lay in the
For his part, Brother Vic also talked on the evolving active
participation of lay partners, which was acknowledge during
the last General Chapter.
the other hand, the fragmentation of knowledge and life and
the role of the Lasallian universities was discussed byBrother
Carlos Gomez Restrepo, FSC, executive secretary of the Region
Latinoamericana Lasallista. Brother Anton DeRoeper, FSC of
the Secretariat for Lasallian Educational Mission, in light
of the General Chapter.
for international Lasallian collaboration was disalked on
the mission of the Lasallian universities cussed by Maestra
Joan Landeros, director of the Center for International Education,
Universidad La Salle-Mexico.
Secretary Brother Andrew Gonzalez, FSC, in his presentation,
underscored the importance of research in the 21st century
for tertiary education. The delegates held group discussions
after each panel presentation.
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