Mambu Magazine - Issue 1, 2021

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CELEBRATES THE PRESENCE OF THE DE LA SALLE BROTHERS IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA

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OFFICIAL PUBLICATION PNG LASALLIAN FAMILY ISSUE 1 2021

THE PNG LASALLIAN STORY

‘You are part YEARS of a Miracle’

National Lasallian Family Office LaSalle Technical College, Hohola P.O Box 1911, BOROKO, NCD +675 79570627 340 1812 lasallianfamily.png@gmail.com


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National Co-ordinator’s Message 3 From the PNG Sector Co-ordinator

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75 Years Special Feature: Br. David Hawke, Provincial

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The PNG Story: Photo Review 8 A Great Lasallian: Br. Ignatius - Kevin Buckley

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My Kondiu Years - Philippa Wetherell

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Mun Primary School - Br. Rick Gaffney

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Lasallian Family Regions: Map 16 The Highlands 17 Momase 18 The Rhythm of Life: Jesus and Us

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Youth Formation in East Sepik 23 New Guinea Islands 25 The Birth of ‘The Youths Against Corruption’ 2 – Fr. John Glynn, AFSC 27 Young Lasallians 28 Lasallian Volunteers’ Journey: Profile 30 PNG Lasallian Women of Hope – Ms. Rose Polume

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Daily Prayers to St. Joseph 33 Brothers Life Vocation – Brothers Vocation Ministry Team

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travelled from Australia. As Lay Partners of the De La Salle Brothers, who now share in the “PNG Story”, we are thankful to these pioneer Brothers and the many others who came and served in PNG. As we join with the Brothers, the Alumni, friends and family in celebrating this diamond jubilee, lest we forget those who have passed on from this life and are now with God in heaven.

Message of Ms. Grace Wrakia National Coordinator Lasallian Family Dear Lasallians, Greetings to you as we approach the end of term 2 2021. May the Spirit of God inspire our hearts and minds to persevere with love and hope in our homes, schools and work places. May we always remember to put God before all things - tiredness, stress, needs, decisions, sickness and toils. May we go on, not with our own strength but be led by God’s Spirit. Amen On the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis called Catholics throughout the world to increase our love for this great saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal. De La Salle foreshadowed the declaration of St. Joseph as Universal Patron when he entrusted the visionary Christian Schools movement to his patronage. So we pray for the intercession of St. Joseph for all our successes and tribulations we have experiences in the last 6 months. I hope you received the first Newsletter of the year, sent out in March and now this Mambu Issue 1. It is the National Office’s strongest intention that we are all stay informed and connected with the Office and with one another. It was 75 years ago when Brothers Patrick Howard, Celsius Maguire, Lucian Thorpe and Anthony Broderick arrived at Bomana having 3

The Lasallian Reflection # 6 2020-2021 reminds us of the miracle in Matthew 14.13-21, where Jesus feeds five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish. How can you replicate and share the love and blessings God has given you to others? How have the De La Salle Brothers and the Lasallian Mission been a sign of hope in your faith and professional journey? Will you be part of this miracle in 2021? Featured in this issue, you will find special articles and photos reminiscing about the founding years of the Australian Brothers in PNG. We hear also stories from Aitape, Madang, Wewak and NCD. A special story is from AROB by Janet Wau, and many photos of events and gatherings happening all over our beautiful country. Rose Polume, the chairlady of the Lasallian Women of Hope gives us a special insight into the preparation of the first-ever women’s gathering in September, and finally Br. Simon shares his rich insight into the Brothers’ vocation. Many thanks to Lasallians who have contributed articles for this issue. Perhaps in the next issue, we will hear from other areas who were not been le to be featured in this issue. Thank you to you all, to the ACs, the Youth Ministry, the Brothers and the Lasallian Alumni Association for sharing in the 75 Years PNG Lasallian Story. We have reasons to celebrate, to be happy, and most importantly to be thankful. Let’s continue to pray and take care of our health and that of our family, students, colleagues etc. Live Jesus in our hearts. Forever. Amen MAMBU MAGAZINE

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Letter of Br. Thomas Yapo PNG Sector Coordinator De La Salle Brothers Dear Lasallians, Welcome to this edition of our Lasallian Mambu Magazine. This year is very special for us in PNG in our Lasallian story. I do hope that you enjoy and be inspired with the stories and experiences shared in these pages. The iconic world leader Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. The Lasallian Mission is about changing people, so that they can make a positive impact in their lives, in their communities and in the world. The Lasallian mission in has contributed greatly to the change and progress of Papua New Guinea. This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the first arrival of the De La Salle Brothers from Australia in PNG. When we include our earlier connection with the German Brothers from 1914, this year would mark over a century - 107 years. That’s how long the Lasallian Spirituality has been present in PNG. Brothers Patrick Howard (Director), Anthony Broderick, Lucian Thorpe and Celsus Maguire arrived at Bomana at the request of Bishop de Boismenu through Br Benignus who was the Visitor at the time. These four courageous, generous and adventurous men were the first missionaries of the then Australian District.

The four pioneer Brothers arrived with the seed of hope which they planted and has grown with firm roots in this beautiful “Land of the Unexpected” over 75 years. The seed of Lasallian Christian education is still growing, alive and vibrant, because there are manyvisionary people like those first four Brothers who willingly continue to nurture it. Lasallian and Christian education has contributed widely to the development of this country. Since its embryonic stages in 1946 until today, the Lasallian Mission continues to grow far and wide. Thousands have graduated from our Lasallian schools and colleges, and are contributing profitably to the growth of this country. Lasallian teachers will stand proud and continue to produce some of the finest, who will take this country into the future, making it a better place for all. As we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Lasallian Mission in PNG, I sincerely thank many Brothers who, since the beginning, have come to serve in PNG selflessly. Many of them are gone before us while others are still around, who continue to share their transformative stories. Your individual and collective contributions have touched many hearts, transformed countless number of lives, and brought a spark of hope for the future in PNG. You made a difference in the development and growth of PNG, and those who were entrusted to your care will remember you for eternity. On your shoulders, and from those firm foundations, the Lasallian Mission in PNG will continue to grow. I thank the staff and students of our schools in Australia, New Zealand and other schools and institutions around the Institute for contributing significantly towards projects in PNG, previously through the Mission Fund and later through the Lasallian Foundation. PNG continues to benefit significantly from the initiatives through the Lasallian Foundation.

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Thank you to manyLasallian Partners, friends and family members of the Brothers, former students and countless number of people who contribute resources, and come to PNG as teachers and volunteers, with a range of skills making a difference. Without your generous support, many projects in PNG would not have been possible for the poor and the marginalized in our schools and colleges. Your good will and the good will of those countless people who continue to donate resources, has helped build meaningful learning environments for our young people and the Lasallians in PNG. For that we will be eternally grateful. A heartfelt gratitude to the Brother Visitors (including the Brother Visitors and Presidents of the other Districts and Delegates whose Brothers have served in PNG) over the 75 years since the arrival of the first Brothers. You always had a heart for PNG. It is not easy to ask the Brothers to fulfil the roles in PNG at different places, but with the help of the Holy Spirit, you have decided in the best interest for PNG. Thank you for your courage, the confidence in those you led, and being visionary for the Mission in PNG. May those who have gone before us rest in eternal peace and those still alive be kept in good health and renewed strength. The Lasallian presence in PNG expanded with the courage shown by many Brothers who were willing to serve in the following locations for some time around the country. Central Province (Yule Island, Tapini, Mainohana), Mount Hagen (Holy Trinity Teachers College, Mun and YC Rebiamul), National Capital District (Bomana, Hohola Youth Development Center, Jubilee Catholic Secondary School, Sacred Heart Teachers’ College), Goroka, Jiwaka (Banz Minor Seminary) Chimbu, (Kondiu Secondary School) SHP (Kagua), Madang (St Fidelis Minor Seminary) and Rabaul (Vuvu Formation House). The Brothers bravely took up the challenge to administer Lasallian education at these very different locations, many times with countless difficulties and with sacrifices.

I pay tribute and honour those Brothers who have gone before us serving in PNG under difficult circumstances. Your determination, willingness and sacrifice has built the Mission in PNG. Thank you for being you, and thank you to your families, friends and relations for their undivided support over the years. Being part of an international organisation, we are called to go beyond our boundaries and become ‘Brothers Without Borders’. I pay respect to the Brothers who travelled far and wide to come to PNG and served/serve with much humility and dedication. Brothers came from the following countries both past and present: the Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Great Britain, USA, Pakistan, Singapore and Malaysia. Sometimes PNG does not make welcoming news headlines on the international media; it scares holiday makers and tourists, fearful for their dear lives, but you had the courage to stay on. You are the champions in touching hearts and transforming lives. You all have left something in PNG which continues to grow and that is the Lasallian spirit. You have brought hope to many, and among those you taught and instructed, are people who still remember your name and something good, wonderful or nice about you. Thank you for making a young Papua New Guinean young man or woman proud with a smile on the face. MAMBU MAGAZINE

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The amount of time, effort, energy and resources both material and intellectual you have invested in and out of the classroom in the years that you have served in PNG helped many to shoot for the stars. Thank you for making them proud of who they are, and leading them to discover the goodness in themselves. Each of you have left an imprint in the hearts of those you’ve led, instructed, guided, inspired and taught. That imprint is the Lasallian hope. That hope inspires and empowers a person to look beyond the horizon, to make a difference, and break the cycles of struggle in society by changing mind-sets, which changes societies. Thank you for generously giving a part of your life for the betterment of the people of Papua New Guinea. This year we will be counting towards 100 years of Lasallian presence in PNG. To reach 75 years it was the work of four courageous men who started it in unwelcoming environments, and left a great legacy for us to celebrate, learn and build on. To reach 100 years, the four pioneer Brothers’ initiatives have multiplied 100-fold and we have more than four thousand Lasallians in PNG including current and former students. We need to harness that number so that the Mission continues to grow through together and by association. Much of the evangelizing work lies in the hands of all Lasallians in this country through collaboration. We must be proud that we have now established the PNG Lasallian Family, The Lasallian Alumni Association, PNG Lasallian Women of Hope, Lasallian Youth and the Lasallian Volunteers. These are significant advances we have made in the recent past, and they are our future catalysts for change. The vibrancy of these groups and their collaboration is a great indication that the future of the Lasallian Mission is progressively growing. We have a future full of hope, a future in the hands of people with hope.

In 1946, the four pioneer brothers took it upon themselves to establish the Mission. Today the language and the thinking is taking a different form, with the idea that collaboration holds a prominent place in our efforts. PNG still faces many challenges most of which are beyond our control. Many of these challenges are systematic, and need greater creative thinking by all leaders to change and improve them. We Lasallians can make positive contributions towards changing that system by educating the young men and women entrusted to our care to say no to corruption, and live according to their right conscience, and to decide on what is better for the common good. I admire, respect and salute each of our principals, the deputies, the teachers (both in our Lasallian schools and others), support staff, students (current and past), the PNG Lasallian Family, The Alumni, Volunteers and Youths, our family members and friends, for your commitment towards the educational welfare of PNG, and becoming part of the 75 years of the PNG Lasallian Story. May God bless each of you and let’s continue the story into the future. “God has chosen you to do His work.” St John Baptist De La Salle. Live Jesus in our Hearts. Forever.

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75 YEARS SPECIAL FEATURE

From Br David Hawke, Br Visitor / Provincial 19 January 2021 Dear Lasallian Family Members Greetings! On this day, 75 years ago, Brothers Patrick Howard, Celsus Maguire, Lucian Thorpe and Anthony Broderick arrived at Bomana having travelled from Australia. They would not have imagined in 1946 how the Lasallian Mission would grow all over Papua New Guinea, as we witness now in 2021. They would not have imagined let alone used the term “Lasallian Family”, but I am sure they would take great pride in you, the Lasallian Family and your various ministries, right across Papua New Guinea. They would not have imagined in 1946 that what were known as “Brothers’ Schools” would become “Lasallian Schools” but they would take great pride in the fact that Lasallian schools in Papua New Guinea now embrace the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors of education. They would take great pride in the fact that there is a National Office of the Lasallian Family that resources Lasallian across the country. While the pioneering Brothers would take great pride in Lasallian education in your country today, the entire Lasallian Family has every reason also to take pride in its achievements and successes down through the years. One has only to look at publications like “Mambu”, “Journal La Salle” and “Lasallian Outlook” to see a record of the Lasallian Mission in Papua New Guinea and the contribution of the Lasallian Family.

The final chapter of Brothers’ Rule is titled “Brothers Today”. A section of it reads: “The life and development of the Institute depend above all on the mystery and the power of grace. But by the gift of freedom, the Lord wanted to put the destiny of the Institute into the hands of the Brothers. At the heart of the Lasallian Family, the Brothers are a source of inspiration for all Lasallians who increasingly share the mission and the charism of the Institute. (Rule 154)” As you reflect on 75 years, I am sure you will name Brothers who have been “a source of inspiration for all Lasallians.” And today we thank God for them and especially for those Brothers who were pioneers in the various schools, not to forget that Mrs Bernadette Ove, as far as I know, was the first lay woman pioneer of a Lasallian school in Papua New Guinea. Except for one ministry in the country, the leadership is now very much in the hands of committed Lasallian Partners, who build so admirably on the foundations laid by the pioneering Brothers. The Lasallian Family now not only shares “the mission and charism of the Institute” but has taken responsibility for it. The structures in place across the country for the Lasallian Family and the Papua New Guinea Sector Mission Council have the responsibility now to ensure the viability and vitality of the Lasallian Education Mission in Papua New Guinea, supported by the District Lasallian Mission Council and the services of Lasallian Mission Services. On this day when the Lasallian Family celebrates 75 years, I congratulate each of you for your contribution to the “human and Christian education” of young people and others, acknowledging vthat in a spirit of faith and zeal you face many challenges. The District appreciates who you are and the gifts that you share. Enjoy this special day of celebration. Live Jesus in our hearts!

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THE PNG STORY: Photo Review

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Memories of a Great Lasallian –

Br Ignatius Kennedy fsc By Kevin Buckley, PNG Colleague, Teacher, Volunteer I first met Br Ignatius some 30 years ago when he was Principal at De La Salle High School in Bomana. My first impression was of a reserved, yet welcoming person. It was well known around the school that he toiled long hours in the Principal’s office, so much so that the story spread among the students that he worked all night, without sleep. A few years later, I had the good fortune to be appointed to a school in the Highlands. Being a newcomer to the country, it was an exciting time for me, as I discovered the fascinating and rich culture of the people and the spectacular scenery of the ‘Land of the Unexpected’. Meanwhile, Br Ignatius completed his service at De La Salle Bomana and, when he was already in his 60’s, accepted to continue his ministry of education at Holy Trinity Teachers’ College (HTTC) in Mt Hagen. In addition, he oversaw the formation of the young Brothers. Little would he have known that Hagen was to be his home for the next 20 years. From time-to-time supplies were needed in the high school where I was teaching, so trips to Hagen in the school truck gave us a chance to see more of the beautiful Highlands’ towering mountains and lush valleys.

These excursions included a visit to the HTTC Brothers community where Ignatius was a welcoming host. Many happy years followed before I was asked to join the staff at the Teachers’ College. (I was also privileged to be part of the Brothers’ community). It was here that I really came to know Ignatius. I suspect that these years of ministry in Hagen were the happiest of his life. There is much I could share about ‘Br Iggy’ as he came to be known, but I will just make mention of a few events in which his total commitment and dedication to be Lasallian shone through. After busy days of teaching, and supervising students in the nearby primary schools for practice teaching, as well as boarding duties, most of us College lecturers took time after dinner for some rest, and time preparing for the following day. Br Iggy, however, based himself in the Religious Education office for several hours to be available for student interviews and counselling. This assisted the new First Years in their transition to tertiary studies, and helped Ignatius to know his students well. Such was his kindness, generosity and wisdom, that many students who had graduated and were out teaching in the field kept in regular contact with him. Living in the same house as Ignatius I can recall many a night when I was awoken by the phone. MAMBU MAGAZINE

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Before I had the chance to jump out of bed, Ignatius had already answered and was saying to some former student in a distant province, possibly still waiting to receive their first pay, “save your units, I’ll call you back”. These calls were often very late in the night. Ignatius would be a listening ear for them to share their joys and hardships of teaching, often in a remote school that lacked the basic education materials or proper staff housing. The encouragement and support they received kept them going and boosted their spirits. Ignatius was never too tired or too busy to give of his time for any staff member or student who called upon him. During my first year of teaching at Holy Trinity, I remember feeling somewhat apprehensive as I had not previously been involved in tertiary level education. When teaching units were being finalised I was asked to present a course that I knew very little about; this did not help my confidence. Who came to my rescue? Without being asked, Ignatius offered to give of his time sharing his teaching materials and experience. This was a great relief to me, and most importantly, the student teachers benefited from my presentations. As we know, it was during this period that Ignatius set about establishing the Lasallian Family (LSF). The first Lasallian Family office was in a small room in the Brothers’ house. Very soon, as the numbers of LSF members increased, a large room in the College Library was generously made available by the College Highlands Lasallian Family at Mt Hagen 2010. From among the first group, Ignatius chose teachers who very generously took leave from their schools to assist in the Office, and be among the presenters at LSF gatherings, in each region around the country.

Highlands Lasallian Family at Mt Hagen 2010 (Photo: Lambert Lapkit) It is impressive that many of the original group members continue faithfully to carry on the Lasallian mission to this day. Ignatius was very much a man of prayer. Each day, he would be up before dawn for his spiritual meditation, and then head to the chapel for community morning prayers. On weekends, it was usual for Ignatius to spend some extra time in the chapel. A custom of his was to invite us to say a few decades of the Rosary when venturing out on a long drive. On his retirement from formal teaching at HTTC, Ignatius took on the role of Catholic Education Secretary of the Archdiocese of Mt Hagen, a position that had been vacant at the time. Ignatius realised the importance of bringing encouragement, and R. E. text books and teaching resources to schools that had nothing. This meant hours of driving throughout the Western Highlands on extremely rough roads, some not much more than tracks. On top of all this, Iggy had more than his fair share of trials, enduring years of ill-health. His tropical ulcers were particularly painful and took much patience and treatment to heal them. Others of his age would have just given up and left for their family’s place. A humble man living a simple life, never drawing attention to himself, being happiest when promoting the Christian/Lasallian mission, Ignatius had few personal possessions.

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When receiving gifts, he was most appreciative, only to quietly pass these on to someone more in need later. On occasions when he had to move to another house, he chose the smallest and simplest room. He only travelled to other provinces or to his family’s place in Australia when there was a Lasallian meeting, or for necessary medical treatment. Ever faithful in his life of prayer and service, Ignatius gave us an example of a life well lived. He was loved by the students, former students, staff members and their families.

Renewal of Vows at his Golden Jubilee Mass Mt Hagen, Feast of the Assumption 1998 A true Lasallian, he touched hearts. Reflecting on the life of Ignatius Kennedy, I am reminded of a meditation of the Founder: ‘Those who instruct many unto justice will shine like stars for all eternity’. They will shine, indeed, in the midst of those they have taught, who will bear witness eternally to th great gratitude they have for the invaluable instructions of their teachers, whom they will regard as the cause, after God, of their salvation. St John Baptist de la Salle Mediation 208.2 (Rule 1:6)

My Kondiu Years By Philippa Wetherell, Volunteer teacher at Kondiu 1994 - 1997 It was in 1994 as an Australian Volunteer Abroad that I found myself at Rosary High School Kondiu in the extraordinarily beautiful Highlands of New Guinea. There is so much I could write about the four exciting and ever so challenging years that I spent at the school, but I will speak only of a few memorable experiences, that reflect something of the character of the school, under the administration of the De La Salle Brothers.

Together with its strong Catholic ethos, I appreciated the openness of the school to those of other traditions. For me as a committed Anglican, I could share in the worshipping life of the community, along with the Staff and the more than 500 boarding students. I recall particularly Holy Week and Easter, and how the students welcomed my sharing in the Stations of the Cross, as we wound our way up Blue Mountain in different parish groups. A boy from Kup claimed me for his group. I had watched fascinated the day before Palm Sunday, with boys high up in the Church roof weaving palm branches around rafters. Now in the procession, I was impressed by the reverence of their singing and the quality of their praying.

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Memorable too was the huge bonfire built outside the church by the students, and from this the new fire of Easter was lit, and the Paschal candle was borne into the church by a taper-led procession. The joyous songs of Resurrection echoed around on Easter morning Another special religious event was the Retreat when each class went in turn to Mingende Diocesan Centre, staying overnight. As Matron of 10C I joined my students, and was touched at their pleasure of having me with them, living in the dormitory and sharing their food. Many students came voluntarily to Mass at the school at 6.40am, and I was impressed at the organisation of the service by each class in turn. What was even more surprising to a teacher in an Australian boarding school was to witness the eagerness to learn and the willingness to be taught, so that discipline in the classroom was no problem. A teacher could come quietly to a classroom at night study time to find everyone working and not a sound with no one supervising. Not in any Australian school I know of! I found it stressful at times to face the fact that many students would not get beyond Grade 8. So many in Grade 10 were eager to continue their studies, but regretfully the level of their English would preclude this, and I had to come to terms with the fact that, in a few months, I couldn’t give them the necessary mastery of the language. In 1995, Rosary High was to become a Secondary School, and I was proud for the De La Salle Brothers that the School had been chosen as the Simbu/Chimbu school to take the first Year 11 in the Province. It was exciting to head the first senior English Department, to go to Moresby for a week to learn about the new curriculum. I was in the throes of leading a team at Kondiu to mark the Year 10 Written Expression examination, when Br Bernie returned from Moresby after making the selection of our first Year 11.

We knew we had been asked to take 120 students, 4 classes each of 30 students. I can still hear his voice, and see his face, when he told us that he was obliged to choose 92 boys and just 28 girls! Br Bernie was a champion of Papua New Guinean girls’ education, but alas we knew that a patriarchal society was not yet aware of the need to educate women. It was sad to realise that many of Rosary’s Year 10 girls would not be able to continue their education, and that there could be only a small selection of girls from the other 6 schools in the Province. Another memorable experience I very much enjoyed from Kondiu was learning from the girls in my Year 11 class how to make kaukau mounds and to plant this staple food at the school farm. When the need was great, and near the end of term, classrooms were abandoned and students were directed to the farm for either weeding or planting. Mostly, they went willingly and worked hard, used to making gardens at home, and knowing that this was necessary if they were to eat. I admired the way that all the work of cooking and cleaning was carried out by the students. No outside contractors here in the PNG Highlands! The year 1995 proved to be a most challenging year for the dedicated De La Salle Brothers, and indeed for all the staff. The PNG Education Department ordered those new buildings had to be provided in every area of learning and accommodation for older students. Life at the School was sometimes unsettling and not conducive to steady learning. Year 11 students from the other Chimbu Schools had to accommodate to a Catholic school with Sisters and Brothers, while some chosen Rosary students were disappointed not to be going to a National High!

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Rosary had some fine members of staff, particularly women members, and their dedication was remarkable. Together with the expatriate Brothers and Sisters, and other Volunteers like myself, we worked together to ensure that Rosary Secondary School survived and flourished. I have an enormous admiration for the administration of Br Bernie as Headmaster and Br Raffy as Deputy.

Mun Primary School By Br. Rick Gaffney In the 1990s, all of the National Brothers were primary school or elementary school teachers. However, none of the Brothers communities was specifically established for a primary school ministry. Therefore, National Brothers often had to travel each day to get to their Community School or Elementary School where they were working. So that the Brothers could have a community with the ministry focus on a primary school, the National Brothers themselves looked at various options within Papua New Guinea. These included places in Central and Western Highlands Province. Thanks to the work of Br. Teddy, St Joseph’s Primary School in Mun Western Highlands was chosen as the location for the new community. The parish priest Fr. Joseph and the parish council were very welcoming.

At the beginning of 1999, Brothers Rick, Erico, Boni and Henry began the Brothers’ Community there. Brothers Rick, Erico and Boni taught in the school, while Henry travelled each day to Holy Trinity Teachers College to complete his studies. The people of Mun and the local area were quickly aware of and happy at the arrival of the Brothers. Mun was a great place to live: the people were friendly and very interested in what the Brothers were doing, and the local markets were full of fresh fruit and vegetables. The Brothers cooked using a kerosene stove, the fuel bought from sellers in the local village. The school was located quite close to a river where the Brothers could wash and swim, as well as wash their clothes. MAMBU MAGAZINE

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In the school, the Brothers found Lasallians already teaching there. They were part of the Lasallian teachers’ group that had grown from the Lasallian Family group, led by Br. Ignatius Kennedy at Holy Trinity Teacher’s College in Mt Hagen. We learned a lot from them about Lasallian formation. Most of the students and their families spoke Melpa and could also communicate in Tok Pisin. Conversations with the younger students and some of their parents was in Tok Pisin. Student reports were written in both English and Tok Pisin when needed. The younger students who had come through the new elementary school system could also read in Melpa. So, at school prayer services, readings in Melpa were read by a younger rather older student. The school was Grade 3 to Grade 8. In 1999 when the Brothers arrived the school had its first Grade 8 class. The Brothers were able to teach the Grade 7 and 8 students as they had taught these subjects in other schools. Between the three Bothers we taught almost all of their Grade 7 and 8 subjects, that were part of the Grade 8 National exams. The Brothers found the students excited and ready to learn from these newly arrived teachers. They greatly appreciated the opportunity to learn and converse in English. The students also taught the Brothers phrases in Melpa, enjoyed sharing local stories, and walking around the local Dei District with them. The Grade 8’s who did their National exams at the end of 1999 did exceedingly well, and all achieved a place in High School for Grade 9. St Joseph’s Primary School also had part of a coffee plantation on the school grounds. The Brothers supervised the students work with the coffee trees, which was a case of the blind (the Brothers) leading the perfectly sighted (the students), as the Brothers knew nothing about the growing of the coffee. All the students, from the youngest, were experts, as their families all had coffee trees.

The school also had extensive gardens established by the students, where they needed no instruction at all on how to garden. There was no local aid post, so Br. Rick helped students as best he could, using a medical book called ‘Where There is No Doctor’ together with medication purchased from chemists in Mt Hagen. At the end of 1999, Brothers Boni, Erico and Henry left Mun. Br Rick was joined at the start of 2000 by Br Gabriel. They were part of the Hagen Brothers community, but spent a few nights each week at Mun, so that they did not need to travel each day to school. During these years, the Lasallian formation of teachers, led by the teachers, continued to grow. By the end of 2000, when Br Rick and Br Gabriel had to leave Mun, because there were no other Brothers available to join them, the school had become an Associated Lasallian school. After the Brothers’ departure, the Lasallian teachers of St Joseph’s reached out to teachers from other schools, and shared their Lasallian formation widely. These two years were the first time that I had lived in a village location, sharing in village life, with teachers and their families living side by side with us. It was the first time I was able to live closely with National Brothers and share in their ministry. I also experienced the Lasallian faith and zeal of teachers closely, and I grew in my understanding and experience of what it meant to be a Lasallian in PNG. From an educational perspective, after being in PNG for 5 years, I finally began to appreciate the challenges faced by teachers and students teaching and learning in English, while living lives fully immersed in their Tok Ples.

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The 17 Lasallian Family Areas in PNG Submit your stories, articles, reflections or reports for issue # 2. Due date: 4th November 2021

National Lasallian Family Office, LaSalle Technical College, Hohola P.O Box 1911, BOROKO NCD

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THE HIGHLANDS REGION Simbu Report By Peter Daka Peace of the Lord be with you all! In Simbu, we have had two meetings so far, the first one in Kondiu, and the second one at Anigl. The Principal of Rosary Secondary School, Mr John Mondo, was very vocal and supportive; he contributed a lot of constructive ideas towards the organization. We created a membership profile that will be kept in Kondiu for all our Members, and Area contributions will be sent to the head office by the end of July. Mr Junior Kawage who is a lone Lasallian teaching at St Francis of Assisi is doing a marvellous job in organizing Lasallian youths, continuing the Lasallian mission and keeping the fire burning. We have an induction and retreat planned for term three. It will be facilitated by Flora Teng and Br. Raffy Reyes from Holy Trinity Teachers College. It will be hosted at Mingende Pastoral Centre.

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The Lasallian Family in Madang Province “You are part of the miracle to touch hearts, train minds and transform lives in FAITH, SERVICE AND COMMUNITY”. Dear Lasallians, The Lasallian Family Gathering at Megiar Parish on Saturday the 1st of May, turned out to be a success. A special thanks to the Headmaster of Megiar Primary School and his Lasallian teachers. Amidst the work-load and other commitments, and through the challenges of COVID – 19, the Family here in Madang still made the effort to meet. It included teachers, youths and a special group of participants who were neither teachers nor youths. It was such a wonderful presentation, that we departed with a sense of satisfaction, relief and joy! We were brought to enlightenment that as Lasallians, our mission is to touch hearts, transform minds and making this place a much better place to live in. Moreover, as Lasallians, we are called to practice the higher virtues, which are the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. We are disciples of Christ, called by the Lord to use the gifts, the potentials, abilities and all God’s blessings that the Lord has blessed us with, to lovingly and compassionately serve others especially the least, the lost and the marginalized. To God be all the glory and praise, forever and ever, Amen!

The facilitator, who is the Lasallian Coordinator of Madang Province, Scholar Hori, is a very inspirational woman of faith. She is a true ‘Lasallian’. She dwells at every moment in the heart of the Lasallian charisma. She brings the story of St. De La Salle alive. I call her a dream child of St. De La Salle. She is someone who is always radiant during her presentations; we have found so many insights and much wisdom in her speaking. But there is not enough time to get everything across at a meeting. We end, still be hungry for more. Thank You Father, Son and Holy Spirit for the life of St. John Baptist de La Salle, through the leading Lasallians. We had six sessions that were executed immediately after Scholar’s introduction We were divided into six groups according to the topics based on the life of St. de La Salle. The topics covered were his Early Years, his Education and Philosophy, Pedagogy, Education in general, Formation of Teachers and his Life of Living with the Teachers. Each group was to read each part, and discuss simultaneously, then select a representative per group to present. The presentations were very interesting, full of great insights and were fully enjoyable. Scholar’s inspiring conclusion held us entranced. Finally, but not the least, we Lasallians are called at every moment to pray, and continue praying, and to fast so that we enrich our spiritual being; just as our physical body needs food so does our spiritual being. May our eyes of faith see the need, and attend to it by God’s will. We must also continue reading the Word of God, by always asking the Holy Spirit to enlighten our understanding to understand and digest the Word of God. For with God, ‘Great Things Are Possible’.

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As Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call to me and I will answer you. I will show you great and marvellous things you know nothing about.” Moreover, 1 Corinthians 2: 9 says, “… what no one ever saw or heard, what no one ever thought could happen, is the very thing God will do for those who love Him.” Are we Lasallians heartily stepping out of our comfort zones for the lost, the least and the last? May we always remember all our Lasallian leaders especially the Brothers, both internationally and in our country, the Sector Coordinator, Br. Thomas M Yapo FSC, our national president, Ms. Grace Wrakia and all the coordinators in the provinces of Papua New Guinea. May we also remember in our prayers all our fellow Lasallians, doing great work for the salvation of souls. May they be always filled with God’s grace, to continue their mission in seeking first the righteousness of God and His Kingdom, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Moreover, may we always remember that we are in the holy presence of God. Live Jesus in Our Hearts Forever. Amen.

The Lasallian Family Gathering at Megiar Parish, Madang – Saturday 1May, 2021. Picture courtesy of Lasallian Allexishafen. Megiar Family during our discussion, presentations and refreshment. Picture courtesy of Larisha Nabes and Scholar Hori.

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1st Madang Lasallian Youth Gathering. Saturday May 22nd on Pentecost Eve held at Tusbab Secondary School. We were glad to have Bonita Amepou (in orange top) with us, whose grandfather was the First Papua New Guinean De La Salle Brother, the late Brother Peter Keaga. Picture courtesy of Lee – Anne Namba and Zebedee Hezron Wahae.

School, with Madang Lasallian Youth President, Trevor at the centre front. Picture courtesy of Lee – Anne Namba Rempi Youths and their teachers, with Scholar Hori in blue, on Saturday May 15th, Catholic (Lasallians) Teachers’ Day and the Feast Day of St. de La Salle. The Bible Procession Bearers at Holy Spirit Cathedral. Picture courtesy of Lee – Anne Namba.

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Allexishafen Lasallian educators in colour, taking up the Offertory Procession on May 15th, St. de La Salle’s Feast Day. Petra Bepi (seated fourth left in front) is the Lasallian Leader for Allexishafen Parish presenting a gift to the main celebrant Fr. Simon Dogowa, Pastoral Vicar. Bishop Anton Bal was present in witnessing this Feast Day. Strengthening the Lasallian bonds in basic families. Nelson Tango and Barbra Tango and children in church...Lasallian teachers and their family from Rempi Primary School, North Coast Road, Madang. ‘Thank you for the 75th Jubilee Anniversary cake of St. de La Salle Brothers here in Papua New Guinea’.

Picture courtesy of Lee – Anne Namba Live Jesus in our hearts forever! AMEN

Picture courtesy of Lee – Anne Namba.

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The Rhythm of Life: Jesus and Us By Agnes Kilik It was a way of life with the Father, which was the secret to the holy and wholesome life that He lived. It was that relationship with his Father that made him balance everything in his life. We were privileged again to have Fr. Joe Quaintap OFM who took us through the ‘rhythm of life’ of Jesus. We started with the question;” Do you have “a rhythm of life?” It was a great way to take us forward and to see that it is a vital guide in our lives. We were guided by bible texts as the priest connected to situations. It was inspiring and encouraging as we connected to the life of De La Salle.

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Study – study of 2 Timothy 3:16 Prayer – communication with God Hebrew 4:16 Fasting – fasting is feasting with God, and hungry for him alone Philippians 3:19 Confession – Hebrew 4:15 Worship – responding to God because he is worthy 1 Chronicles16:29 Fellowship – being united as a body of believers Acts2:42 Rest – sleep is a gift from God Psalm 127:2 Celebration – Rejoice in the Lord. Celebrate God’s blessing. Eccl 5:18-19 Service – work heartily for the Lord. The greatest people are those who serve. Col 3:33-34 Generosity – It must be more than just giving. What I have is not mine, so give it to God. We are just managing God’s resources. Prov 11:24, Ecc 5:10, Psalm 24:11 Disciple-Making – Go and make disciples of whole world Mt 16:15

We were inspired and overwhelmed by the power of this transforming message. It was really recharging batteries, and getting the taxi back to serve those entrusted to us.

Then we were referred to the ‘Rhythm of Life’ Jesus had. His was perfect, because he was in touch with God, “abiding with the Father!” I can only conclude to say the secret of Jesus’ active and balanced life is His close relationship with his Father. We continued into the next session where the priest led us to explore spiritual discipline. He gave us the 12 areas that help us to maintain our spiritual discipline.

As St John Baptist De La Salle says: “We find God in the classrooms we teach in”. We need to be close in our relationship with God to live these words. Thank you, Fr Joe Quanteip, for maintaining our Lasallian Spirituality. We were also blessed to have on board the Lasallian taxi two new members, Linda Niu and Lydia Yeni.

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“WELCOME TO THE FAMILY!” LIVE JESUS IN OUR HEARTS, FOREVER!

YOUTH FORMATION IN EAST SEPIK By Joshua Moish Our ongoing Lasallian youth Encounter Camps in the past ten years have seen many young aspiring leaders grow in taking a leadership role in the area of presenting a session, and taking the lead role in music ministry. This year, two significant events happened which show the youths at the forefront. They are: Networking with the Diocesan Youth, and their active participation in music ministry during our Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary recently.

Our three young aspiring leaders namely Lloyd, Orlando and Bernadette embraced the challenge, and accompanied by Salvatore and Maggie, headed to Burui. They briefly explained to the audience aged from 14-16, the Life Story of De La Salle, our Lasallian prayers, and the five guiding principles that governs our Lasallian Youth Ministry. They explained the Lasallian ethos of Faith in the Presence of God, how one can be of service to others and the importance of building Community. They energised the youths with some fun games which were the highlight of the day. The team of three was applauded by the organising committees and since then, we have received a lot of requests to reach out to the remote places, and share our unique Christian ministry in the Lasallian way. Due to work commitments we haven’t reached out as yet.

1. From left to right: Mentor Salvatore Wieng, Orlando, Bernadette and Lloyd as our presenters

3. Student leaders in the Music Ministry

2. The Catholic Youths from the Wewak Diocese- age ranging from 14 - 16 Beginning this year around January the 7th, Lasallian Youths were invited to facilitate a session at the Wewak Diocese Youth Convention held in Burui in the Wosera Gawi District.

4. Enthusiast youths who showed up to participate on this special day

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In addition to that, Youth Leaders in the urban schools of St Marys Wirui Primary and Bishop Leo Secondary gave us a lot of numerical strength during the 75th Anniversary Celebration. With the help of Mr Link, they took charge of the Liturgy of the Mass. It was indeed a blessing to see many youths turning up on that day, to participate with the teachers and to commemorate this significant event. The day ended with a light refreshment.

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Lasallian Identity – My Mission By Janet Wau, Buka, AROB When my bosses (Mr. Paul Harricknen and Mrs. Hellen Harricknen) gave me that offer to work in their newly established school, I took it on board without hesitation for I already knew, it was a Lasallian Mission. My journey is a freedom of exercising my Lasallian Spiritualty to execute the Lasallian Mission: Give basic Christian Education to the young ones, evangelize and bring salvation to the marginalized, by touching hearts, teaching minds and transforming lives. My bosses with all their trust, have given me the whole responsibility to build the school, a Catholic school and so as I have the opportunity, trying my best to make it a Lasallian School. Our new school is Muana St. Joseph the Worker School. It is a small private Catholic school ranging from Early Learning to Primary. We have 78 children.

There are two teachers, including myself, and four classroom assistants. We are doing multi-grade teaching. My other colleague, Ms. Jennifer Turagei is the cluster leader for the school and she is teaching preschool, kinder garden, and prep while I am teaching grades one, two and three. We have two CA’s for each class. Ms Turagei is in charge of Administration, while I am in charge of Academics, including Curriculum and Professional Development, apart from coordinating the Christian Religious Education Program in school. My colleague and I also take an active role in extracurricular duties where we also involve ourselves with the youths and the surrounding communities. Wearing too many hats is very challenging, but I am so delighted and full of enthusiasm in everything I do because I am driven by my passion. With faith and zeal, I can do extraordinary things, and so far, I have run CRE programs, in-service, retreats and meetings, all in a Lasallian way.

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We are so fortunate to have a small chapel (St. Joseph the Worker Chapel) where we have school Mass once in a month, and we use it to run other CRE activities. In term one, we have showcased an Easter play, ‘The Passion of Christ, Death and Resurrection’ (English Version). Early this term, we celebrated St. Joseph the Worker Feast Day. I ran a Novena of St. Joseph in parallel with the Seven Sorrows and Joys of St. Joseph. The feast day took us to the Holy Rosary month, so we have observed it by praying our rosary every morning. Our spiritual journey didn’t end there. This month is the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, so we are working on the theme ‘Love and Compassion’. After all, it’s the foundation that we are trying to set up based on the Catholic faith. It will then become a School Culture, the School Spirituality and of course the Lasallian Spirituality. I always make sure the CRE programs are effectively carried out, and so far, so good. The children already know some of the common Catholic prayers. In term four, we have planned for the International Teachers’ Day, looking at St. John Baptist de LaSalle. At the end of this year all children should know all the common Catholic prayers, the Mass responses in English, and live the Spiritualty of St. Joseph and St. John Baptist De LaSalle. We run all CRE programs using Christian Living periods. Other subjects are treated as per their periods. I am so blessed to see how God is at work, and of course how amazing is this simple prayer – “Let us remember that we are in the most holy presence of God!” …... I call it ‘magic’. We may be doing little, but I have seen a lot of things, and I thank St. Joseph and St. John Baptist de LaSalle for leading us thus far. Live Jesus in our hearts, forever!

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KIMBE By Hillary Uredia Justine The proud recipients of the sanitary pads I would like to thank the Lasallian Women of Hope PNG and its donors for giving us the necessities - a great help to our girls. Currently, the girls are enjoying the benefits of the supplies. Mrs. Lynette Pina Pina arranged for the Lasallian girls with some Lasallian teachers to distribute the sanitary pads.

FOUNDERS DAY By Mr. Soma - Chairperson On the Founder’s feast day - May 15th - the CRE Coordinator of St Joseph Junior High School arranged for a Mass at the Kimbe Diocese Hall. The main celebrant was Fr. Gabriel Tovo, and the Liturgy was led by the youths. After that the teachers had a light refreshment at the school area. I conclude by praying ‘’I will continue to do all my actions for the love of you’’ LIVE JESUS IN OUR LIVES FOREVER. AMEN

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Fr. John M. Glynn OL Founder and Patron of YACA

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This is who you are born to be - it is who you really are. Unfortunately, the pressure to tolerate and accept the widespread practices of dishonesty, corruption, greed and abusive behaviour is very great. If we yield to the pressure to accept and adopt these very negative attitudes of tolerance, we do ourselves damage. We can develop a deep sense of shame and guilt, as we see ourselves as less than we should be - less worthy, less valued - and when we have a negative selfimage, we fail to develop genuine selfconfidence and personal pride. In 2002, I began to organise a YACA Forum once a month. The aim was to provide our young ‘pledgers’ with a regular event, at which they could meet, talk, share and encourage each other. Students brought their friends from other schools and soon there were YACA Pledgers in every school in Port Moresby. The YACA Forum took place on the first Saturday of the month. A keynote speaker then addressed the Forum. Speakers included Governor-General Sir Paulias Matane, Dame Carol Kidu, Sir Mekere Morauta. Prominent people leapt at the chance to support these Forums. Topics varied widely. After the address, the young people broke into discussion groups that later presented their comments and proposals to the Forum. The reports were collated, and a paper was produced summarising the results and conclusions. The event finished up with refreshments sometimes a sausage sizzle - and general mingling and sharing together.

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The YACA Affirmation is powerfully attractive to young people. However, YACA Groups have generally failed to develop outside the school environment. The Groups have failed to combine. It was my hope that young leaders would take effective, proactive ownership of YACA, and develop the movement into a national association, that would both provide an effective voice for its members. We should be seeing YACA as the Youth Against Corruption Alliance instead of as an Association. Pledgers who adopt the Affirmation and recite it every day, to remind themselves of the need to be always resistant to corruption can be members of a youth group, Church group, sports team, or social group of any kind. There are so many other youth movements, groups and teams out there, and YACA should not be in competition with any of them. An Alliance of ‘pledgers’ who publicly and outspokenly reject all forms of corruption will serve to support the groups to which the ‘pledgers’ belong and make them morally stronger. If pledgers want to form a group they may do so. However, the Affirmation is not about ‘we’ or ‘us’. It is about the one - ‘I’, ‘me’- selfaware, self-believing, self-confident.

‘Transparency International’ began providing secretarial services for YACA and took responsibility for organising events. The Forums were scaled down considerably. YACA was promoted at the annual Mike Manning Youth Democracy Camps, and soon there were YACA Pledgers in schools all over the country.

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By Melinda Maro LSLS GOES DIGITAL AND ‘CONNECTS’ 14 PNG STUDENT LEADERS Lasallian Youth Ministry seemingly creates new goals each year in its history. The digital Student Leaders Seminar happened on 20-21 January for five hours each day. It saw the whole Team, including School Youth Ministers, the new Lasallian Volunteers and past members numbering 45 young Lasallians leading the e-gathering. There were 150 student leaders from almost all District colleges zooming and participating from Australia, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. (Pakistan were to run their own program locally). Dagia Aka, the former National Youth Coordinator was a guest speaker on the final day of the e-gathering. He spoke on the topic “Servant Leadership”. His appearance was a pleasant surprise for the PNG team.

NATIONAL LASALLIAN STUDENT LEADERSHIP SEMINAR The 2021 Papua New Guinea Lasallian Student Leadership Seminar was successfully conducted at Lasalle Technical College in Hohola, National Capital District.

The Seminar was held on Friday 26th February to Sunday 28th February 2021. It was attended by the SRC Executive members from the five Lasallian Schools in NCD and Central Province. The Seminar was extra special because of the passing of the Late Grand Chief, Sir Michael Somare during the week. It was only fitting that the National Lasallian Student Leadership Seminar coincided on the weekend of Sir Michael Somare’s passing. The themes for the break-out rooms included “Effective Communication”, “Planning a school event” and “Public Speaking” and of course ice- breakers to relax and build a sense of community. It was very relevant and will help me during my time as a student leader in 2021 and beyond. I would definitely recommend to future leaders and wish that more leaders from my school were able to attend. The time and energy spent by the facilitating Team to organize the seminar was well rewarded with students judging the Seminar “an eye opener”, and “amazing” of the sessions and the workshops. MAMBU MAGAZINE

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I took away the fact that I’m not alone and I was also able to reflect on what leadership means for me, so I can go out into my school community with a greater awareness of my strengths and weaknesses, and as a result be able to best serve and work with others. Overall, the Seminar was seen by the LYM Team to offer a capacity of networking, an increase of Lasallian leadership awareness, and wider relationships amongst Lasallian student leaders and their peers. On that note, the LYM team hopes to build and strengthen its connections by inviting our Lasallian School leaders from other provinces, such as, Kondiu Secondary School and Holy Trinity Teachers College, to participate in the 2022 National Lasallian Student Leadership Seminar. On behalf of the LYM Team, I offer my heartfelt thanks to the schools, the families and the students themselves for their commitment in promoting the Lasallian heritage.

LASALLIAN VOLUNTEERS’ JOURNEY: Profile This year has seen two young and vibrant Lasallians filling the role of Lasallian Volunteer, namely Vagi David from DLSS and Wynetta Elijah, former student from Jubilee Catholic Secondary School. It is a very unique and rare opportunity for a young person to graduate right after secondary school education, and walk straight into Volunteering Services. I sat down with the two National Lasallian Volunteers for a snippet into their minds. And what followed was a very interesting and revealing conversation. Melinda: So why did you apply to be a Lasallian Volunteer? Vagi: I wanted to give my service back to the schools, that gave me the opportunity to discover myself. Wynetta: I applied to be a LV because this program was in line with my passion. I am very passionate about helping others, and animals too. I’m always at peace when I see others smiling, and it gives me joy to know that someone is happy because of something I’ve done or helped them with. Melinda: Who inspired you to be a volunteer?, Vagi: St John Baptist de La Salle was the person who really inspired me a lot and he is the person I look up to. Wynetta: Mr Dagia Aka. His modesty, how he portrayed himself during his time as a Youth Minister, really inspired me.

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Melinda: How did you apply to be a volunteer? Vagi: When the past Volunteers came to my school to talk about the Lasallian Volunteer Program, I took that opportunity to hear what they were saying. It took me no time, and I was the first boy in my school to apply and was selected. Thank God! Wynetta: The Youth Volunteer in my school did an awareness on this program when I was in grade 12. Melinda: Where are you providing your services? Vagi: Wynetta: At Lasalle Technical College. A school located at Hohola not far from Sacred Heart Primary School. Melinda: What are some of the benefits that you can take away from this gap year? Vagi: I could go on with the list but I’ll share only three main ones. 1. 2. 3.

Taking a gap year helps me to relax, reflect and rebuild. Taking a gap year helps me to spend more time with friends and families. Taking a gap year helps building my experience, talking to different types of people in the working environment, and outside.

Vagi: This program has taught me a lot, and also has built me as a person. I learnt how to speak to students with confidence. Most of what I learnt are mentioned above. Wynetta: I heard about the Youth program when I was in year 9. Dagia Aka, was our youth minister at that time. It wasn’t until I was in year 12 that I learnt about what the program is all about and the type of activities the provided. Later that day, I asked if they are willing to stay on for another year come 2022. “I am thinking of staying on for a year or two but that depends on my mum, and the college tuition fee,” said Wynetta. ‘I am still deciding, but right now, I’m enjoying what I am doing’, replied Vagi. And so the story goes on in every person who enters a Lasallian institute, or experiences a chance encounter with a Lasallian teacher in a non-Lasallian school. This is a wonderful story of living the Lasallian legacy, that hearts may be touched, teaching minds and lives transformed. Live Jesus In Our Hearts….. Forever.

Wynetta: Gaining experience and new skills. Plus, working in a school with educators is an advantage. I have the privilege to sit with the counsel of great people, who equip young people with the tools necessary to develop nations. This gap year, I have gained so much knowledge from working in La Salle. Melinda: How has the Lasallian youth program helped you so far?

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PNG LASALLIAN WOMEN OF HOPE Ms. Rose Polume (Chair PNG Lasallian Women of HOPE) Greetings Lasallians, The PNG Lasallian Women of Hope (PNG LWOH) is a group of Lasallian women teachers who serve in various sectors (elementary, primary, secondary and teacher colleges) of the education system in PNG. There are Lasallian women who work in other walks of life too. Over 90% of the PNG Lasallian Family comprises women who work collaboratively with our Lasallian Brothers and youths. PNG LWOH aims to be a platform or a vehicle, to share their stories as teachers, mothers, women leaders and young women in schools, other professions and communities. PNG LWOH aims to be a platform or a vehicle, to share their stories as teachers, mothers, women leaders and young women in schools, other professions and communities. We continue to share the achievements of Lasallians especially Lasallian Women in the various roles and responsibilities they assume. We are also inspired by some very outstanding Lasallian Women who have performed their duties beyond measure. They have LIVED the LASALLIAN SPIRITUALITY in its WHOLENESS! Many have braved the challenges in the fragmented geographical settings in PNG,

to equally serve alongside men colleagues as teachers, in the very remote areas. “WE SALUTE THEM and their families, students and colleagues.” The PNG LWOH has a “BIG SISTER PROJECT”. This project aims to support school girls and boys to attend classes as much as possible. We provide HEALTH HAMPERS which contain basic health products (toiletries, undies, bathing soap, sanitary pads, shaving handles, tooth paste and tooth brush). This project continues to be successful because of the kind generosities of Lasallians abroad. We are always blessed by their support and we keep our benefactors in our prayers. Aside from this project, we also plan to increase our participations in communal works, such as the child protection, human rights and social justice, welfare and sustainability, and health and hygiene. We will host a PNG Lasallian Women Gathering in September. Lasallian Women in the country are working around the clock to ensure they attend this 1st time event. The PNG Lasallian Women of Hope Committee is staging a “BREAKFAST TALK” in July. It will serve the purposes of awareness on health care and as a fundraiser towards the Lae Gathering. From the PNG LWOH Committee and Lasallian Women in PNG-we continue to CELEBRATE IN SPIRIT and BRING HOPE to those who NEED IT. LIVE JESUS IN OUR HEARTS! MAMBU MAGAZINE

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BROTHERS LIFE VOCATION From the Brothers Vocation Ministry Team Dear Lasallians, Greetings of our Lord Jesus Christ and De La Salle to you all. The past two and a half years have been an amazing experience of carrying out vocation ministry at various events and occasions. This vocation ministry has enabled us to see ourselves reaching out to express our identity, and showcase who we are to the people… an opportunity to dialogue, and let young men search in their lives, to see if they are willing to be faithful servants of God in his vineyard.

In this way, the Brothers exercise an open invitation to individuals, who may wish to express their interest of joining the Congregation. To make this vocation work practical and relevant, different events were happening at certain times. The first venue of vocation ministry was in parishes. The Brothers of Hohola Community had a chance to promote the Brothers’ Life at Sacred Heart Parish. The focus of the vocation talk was to enlighten and inspire young men, to find meaning in the religious life whereby they can be worthy to serve others. Basically, to be servants of God. In addition, the Brothers at Bomana went across to Sivarra Namona Parish on a Sunday to give a talk on the Brother’s vocation. The young Brothers were given time after Mass to talk to the parishioners. The talk was actually meant for young gentlemen, but was an invitation to parents, if ever they would like their children to consider to be religious. After the Mass dismissal, a couple of young men approached to express their desire to know more about the Brothers. Subsequently, quite a number of school visits were conducted through the aid of respective principals.

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These vocation talks were possible by visiting students in certain year levels. For instance, during the Founder’s Week at Jubilee Catholic Secondary School, Year Twelves and Year Elevens were engaged in conversation on the Brother’s vocation, and Lasallian vocations in general. Simultaneously, Year 11 and Year 12 students of De La Salle Secondary School were visited in their classrooms. The vocation talk at Jubilee was conducted by a Brother, while in De La Salle Secondary School, Brothers divided themselves in pairs to visit the boys. Besides all of these ventures, other areas with young people, especially students, were also looked at. These events were Lasallian Student Leaders Seminar (LSLS), School Retreat Days (SRD), and Year Level Recollections (YLR) et cetera. These certain events were critical in promoting the Brother’s Life. On the other hand, the Vocation Promoter has been in touch with candidates (interested individuals) who have expressed their desire to become Brothers. Out of this group, two young men from the Highlands Region were called to meet the vocation promoter in Mt. Hagen. They spent a night in the Brothers’ Community and farewelled the next day, after a few sessions with them. The boys enjoyed it very much, even for a short time with the Brothers. However, unfortunately, the Brothers Vocation Team has only two members on board. One of way of spreading information of the Brother’s vocation is by Lay Partners sharing in the vocation ministry. As the saying goes - “many hands makes life better”; it is extremely true and worthy of thought. With many hands, we can all work together to make things better for ourselves, families, and friends. St. La Salle was clever enough to begin by gathering people - working together to achieve greater things. In this way, we are “together and by association” whereby Brothers and Lay Partners share the same sentiments and convictions given by St. De La Salle through the Holy Spirit, to selflessly share our lives with young people who are entrusted to our care. In the same spirit, Brothers Vocation Ministry is open to any Lay Partner who wants to contribute, in his or her own way, to promote the Brother’s vocation. There is a strong conviction that through this spirit of “together and by association”, we can get vocations in our sector in PNG.

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