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The Superior General, Br. Armin Luistro FSC, has appointed Br. Jose Mari L. Jimenez FSC as the 4th Brother Visitor of the Lasallian East Asia District (LEAD), commencing on May 15, 2023 until May 14, 2027. Br. JJ is the current president of La Salle University in Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental, Philippines.

In his appointment letter, Br Armin wrote, “JJ, you have occupied various positions in the life and mission of the District. I have always known you to be passionate and committed to whatever role has been assigned to you. Early on, you have always exhibited many good qualities of being a leader. Your experience as an educator, formator, and administrator will surely be a helpful guide in your new assignment as a Visitor in the coming years.”

Congratulations, Br JJ!

PHILIPPINES - The Lasallian East Asia District welcomed its first Novice since the beginning of the pandemic.

Br. Zennel Sy nFSC received the holy habit last December 10, 2022, coinciding with the celebration of the Third Sunday of Advent. The event was held for the first time at the Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Chapel in De La Salle University Dasmariñas. The Eucharistic Celebration was presided by University Chaplain Rev. Fr. Renier Dumaop, the shared reflection given by La Salle University Ozamiz President Br. Jose Mari Jimenez FSC, and the acceptance conveyed by General Councilor Br. Ricky Laguda FSC. Br. Victor Franco FSC, Br. Zennel’s Postulancy Formator and now his Novice Master, accompanied the habittaking.

The affair was attended by Br. Zennel’s parents, Mr. Manuel and Mrs. Zenaida Sy, and their family, Brothers from the Dasmariñas, Lipa, Bagac, Manila, Greenhills, and Ozamiz communities, Postulants and Aspirants, lay partners, and friends. (Text: Mr. Lemuel Asuncion - Postulant; Photos: DLSP-CORE)

View the video recording of the workshop on Facebook.

Here is an excerpt from Br. Zennel’s response during his habit-taking ceremony:

Put out into the deep: Thoughts on My Vocational Journey as I Enter the Novitiate and Receive the Holy Habit

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to go on a 3-day silent retreat with the Cenacle Sisters. One of the striking Scripture passages I was given was Luke 5:1-11. Jesus asked Peter, who was coming home early in the morning tired, and frustrated from a whole night of fishing without any catch, to go out into the deep again. Peter had big reservations but reluctantly agreed. And we know what happened next. Following the direction of Christ, Peter witnessed a miraculous catch of fish. While praying this Scripture passage, I can't help but see myself in Peter.

Like Peter, I had apprehensions to continue pursuing a religious vocation after spending considerable time in a particular ministry in the USA. On top of that, I had other reservations including returning back to the Philippines when a lot of people dream of residing in America. However, God had other plans. He asked me to put out into the deep …. really deep …. in fact more than 13,000 kilometers deep west of the Pacific Ocean. God had placed back in my heart the desire to serve in this part of the world and helped me admit to myself that I am most alive when providing Christian education especially to young people. And as St. Irenaeus said, the glory of God is man fully alive. God asked me to trust and surrender as he indirectly told Peter.

So I knocked once again at the doors of the De La Salle Brothers. God opened the door and here I am beginning my novitiate this Gaudate Sunday, a day of joy within the advent season. I enter the novitiate with a heart filled WITH GRATITUDE to God, my family and especially to the De La Salle Brothers; WITH HOPE, that God will bring to completion what He has begun in me as St. John Baptist De La Salle has said; and WITH THE JOY OF EXPECTATION for the good things God has in store for those who love Him.

St. Therese of Lisieux said, “everything is grace”. All the skills we attain and the experiences we go through, God is able to use in ways that can make us effective in serving Him and in bearing fruit for His Kingdom. I entrust my vocation and future ministry in the hands of Our Lady of the Star, in union with St. Joseph, patron and protector of the Institute, and the intercession of St. John Baptist De La Salle and all the Lasallian saints and blesseds.

Please accompany me with your prayers as I begin this year-long phase of my formation as a De La Salle Brother. It surely takes a community to form, nourish, actualize and support a vocation. Thank you to all the Brothers, Lasallian partners, friends and family who have been a part of my vocational journey. Be assured of my humble prayers for each and everyone of you. Live Jesus in our hearts!

JAPAN - Last November 26, the Brothers of the Sector of Japan gathered for the sector Assembly. As we frequent the future, the former Superior General Br. Bob Schieler, reminds us that a Brother filled with Christian hope not only lives differently but makes a difference in the lives of others. "I challenge you, Brothers, to live differently. Our faith inspires us in Jesus Christ, and Prayer is our primary source of renewal." (Pastoral Letter 2021, p. 5-6).

Borrowing that attitude of Christian hope, the Brothers in the sector shared their reflections and decided on small next steps to respond to the needs of the mission. Planning for the succession of the Lasallian Mission in Japan remains a priority. (Text: Br Antonio Cubillas FSC; Screenshot: Br Abet Pia FSC)

PHILIPPINES - De La Salle UniversityDasmarinas (DLSU-D) in its effort to undertake internationalization initiatives has recently sealed two agreements with other Lasallian institutions in the Southeast Asian region: La Salle Chanthaburi (Mandapitak) in Thailand and Truong Vinh Ky Secondary and High School in Viet Nam. It shall center on mobility programs specifically on student exchange programs and other forms of academic cooperation. The said agreements were signed on November 25 and Dec 6, 2022 by the presidents of the three institutions namely: Br. Francisco de la Rosa VI FSC, Br. John Pongpat FSC, and Mr. Le Vinh Nhut. (Text & Screenshots: Mr. Christian George Francisco – DLSU-D School of Governance, Public Service, & Corporate Leadership Director and Concurrent Director of Linkages Office)

MYANMAR - As a part of the series of Lasallian Vocations promotion and Young Lasallian Formation programs, the Brothers and teachers at La Salle Center organized a workshop on 28 October 2022. We also appreciate the students for their effort and time to join this session. The workshop started with an opening prayer at 10:30 am followed by the welcome message of Br. Justine Nge Bo. The very first activity was the ice breaker led by Br. Lucas Ahdo called “getting to know each other”. Next, Br. Lucas Ahdo continued the workshop, sharing his vocation story as a Lasallian Brother. Then Br. Justine Nge Bo shared the life of the Founder of the Brothers of the Christian Brothers to the participants. After a 15-minute break, the second part of the workshop resumed at 12:15 pm. During the second session, the participants were divided into five groups and given three questions which were relevant to their lives as young persons living in the current country’s situation, to discuss in their respective group. After the group discussion, the reporter from each group shared about the outcomes from their discussion to the whole group. Once all the groups finished sharing, the session then opened to questions for those who wanted to know more about the Life of the Founder and the Brother’s religious vocation. The session ended with a prayer at around 1:00 in the afternoon. The active participation of the young Lasallians demonstrated that the workshop was fruitful and blessed indeed. (Text: Br Justine Nge Bo FSC; Screenshots: La Salle Centre)

View the video recording of the workshop on Facebook.

HONGKONG - The College successfully broke the Guinness World Record for "The Largest Spherical Jigsaw Puzzle", as a finale of our 90th Anniversary celebration. We are looking forward to seeing another prosperous decade in the long history of La Salle College. (Text: 4G LU Runbo; La Salle College Official Facebook Page)

View a short video of the glorious moment on YouTube.

Here are some world records held by our schools in LEAD. Click on the images for more information. Photos courtesy of Guinness World Records.

Largest human image of a diamond La Salle Primary School (Hong Kong)

Largest umbrella mosaic formed by people De La Salle University - Dasmariñas (Philippines)

If you know any other world records held by any member of our LEAD Lasallian Family (individuals, groups, or institutions), please let us know by contacting sec_lead@lasalle.org . Thank you!

MALAYSIA - This month features a major event of St. Xavier's Institution - SXI 170th Homecoming Celebration. Click on the image to view the December Happenings on YouTube!

Watch, comment, like and subscribe to our channel for updates and happenings at SXI. (St. Xavier's Boards of Governors Official Facebook Page)

Excerpt from the Article:

PHILIPPINES - In order to make the Lasallian mission more relevant and responsive, Lasallians from Mindanao expressed a strong call for gender and cultural inclusivity in a reflection gathering held at La Salle University (LSU), Ozamiz City, November 4 – 5, 2022. All three (3) La Salle District Schools in the island namely, De La Salle John Bosco College (DLSJBC) – Bislig, La Salle Academy (LSA) – Iligan, and LSU together with their pool of sector representatives compose the Mindanao reflection team in preparation for the Philippine Lasallian Family Convocation 2023 (PLFC23).

The septennial gathering has identified four (4) focused areas for the PLFC23 which is on Vitality, Identity, Transformation, and Association or ‘VITA’, meaning “life” in Latin, to emphasize the goal to transform lives by living with the Lasallian values and mission, and serve as a response to continue to dream.

Meanwhile, the consolidated reflection of the Mindanao Cluster will be discussed by the different delegates elected to represent a certain sector in the PLFC23, along with other La Salle schools all over Philippines in May 2023. (Text: Ms. Althea Louela F. Andrada - DLSJBC; Photo: Br. Butch Alcudia FSC)

Full Article: https://www.lasalle-lead.org/lead-stories/ mindanao-cluster-pooled-anew-calls-more-inclusivela-salle-2030


THAILAND - La Salle Chotiravi Nakhon Sawan community, the De La Salle Brothers, Catholic teachers, and students share the spirit of Christmas by giving joy and early Christmas greetings to the bishop, the old diocese priests, and the Carmelite sisters.

This simple event, held on December 6, 2022, is yet another way to thank the bishop, elderly priests, and Carmelite sisters for their unwavering support of the Lasallian mission in Nakhon Sawan. (La Salle Nakhonsawan Official Facebook Page)

SINGAPORE - Congratulations to the SJI Class of 2022 for their outstanding results at the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) November 2022 Examinations! All 266 IBDP students passed and were awarded the International Baccalaureate Diploma, with an average score of 41 out of 45 points. This is higher than the national average score of 39.48, the global average of 30.91 and the Asia-Pacific average of 35.6 out of 45. 205 students (77%) attained 40 or more points.

Well done, IB Class of 2022! We wish you all the best in your future endeavours as you continue to be men and women of integrity and men and women for others! Ora et Labora! (St. Joseph’s Institution Official Facebook Page)

PHILIPPINES - De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute has agreed to collaborate with the United Kingdom’s InHealth Ltd, the largest independent specialist provider of health diagnostics and screening services in the United Kingdom. The agreement of collaboration is an outcome of initial discussions between InHealth and DLSMHSI’s College of Medical Imaging and Therapy (CMIT) and the De La Salle University Medical Center Department of Radiology on the possibilities of a partnership between the two institutions that will provide the following:

  • Scholarships for BS Radiologic Technology and BS Nuclear Medicine Technology students
  • Pre-graduate tailored training programs
  • Post-graduate certification programs
  • Exchange of academic/modular materials and other competency programs
  • Hospital affiliation projects
  • Equipment support

The potential partnership will also help DLSUMC recruit and retain Radiologic Technology personnel for a guaranteed period before their deployment to the UK through a scholarship-toemployment program that is envisioned to be part of the eventual final agreement.

(DLSMHSI Official Facebook Page)

Full Article: https://www.dlshsi.edu.ph/news/dlsmhsi-collaborates-uks-inhealth-ltd-scholarship-employmentinitiatives?fbclid=IwAR2vfUL7WDgQfGNH0xg9R0JL5jjA94M6Fk2b_KL49mBACnqv7OBQe7bb2No