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<ul><li><p>Dear Brothers and Lasallians, One of the emergent themes for this year is taking the opportunity to affirm, honor and celebrate our heritage as the New Orleans-Santa Fe District. As we prepare for the opening of a new district on July 1, 2014 we are continually reminded of the graces that that have led us to this moment in history. We are acutely aware of how we received Saint La Salles charism 90-plus years ago, a gift that empowered us to carry Christ to the world through our schools. What I find worth celebrating is the evidence that our history and heritage inspires todays dynamic fidelity to our charism. One vivid example of that charism is a school that practices justice, within the boundaries of the campus and beyond the boundaries into the neighborhood and city. Our history reminds us that school is meant to be a place where the prayer Jesus taught us, on earth as it is in heaven, takes living shape. It is a place where we send students forth before gradua-tion! to promote justice by example and through action. When we refer to concern for the poor and social justice as one of our core principles, we are drawing from the deep well of the Gospel. We are also drawing from the Brothers Rule. In these educational communities all, both young and old, are called upon . . . to integrate their faith with their culture and so become available for the service of society and the Church (13a). And, By their entire life and their teaching inspired by the social doctrine of the Church, the Brothers prepare their pupils to create more just relationships among the peoples of the world. They help them to become involved actively in movements for justice and peace (40c). These two passages point to the strategic purpose of a quality education in the New Orleans-Santa Fe District and the Lasallian network: to accompany the student in discerning ones calling and to prepare the student to live ones calling in </p><p>(continued on next page) </p><p>September,2013 </p><p>News &amp; </p><p>Letters </p><p>Current &amp; </p><p>Upcoming </p><p>Events </p><p>CLASP Visit September 11-14 St. Pauls School Covington, Louisiana </p><p>Secondary School Administrators Association September 16-18 Mont La Salle Napa, California </p><p>Campus Ministers - Activities Directors Workshop September 18-20 St. Josephs Camp </p><p>Vocation Coordinators of New Orleans Area September 20 St. Pauls School Community Covington, Louisiana </p><p>Board Governance Training September 26-28 De La Salle High School New Orleans, Louisiana </p><p>Vocation Coordinators of Pacific Northwest September 27 TBA </p></li><li><p>the world. We teach them to pray, but we want them to do more than pray at a safe distance for those who suffer injustice. And so we have a calling: to teach our students to look society and culture squarely in the eye. We know this is a society and culture that offers more choices than ever in human history. As adults we know first-hand how tough it is to sort through the choices, and a case can be made that it is even tougher for those younger than ourselves to discern what is life-giving and what is death-dealing. Our calling is to help them see life as it is, and that God has . . . set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life . . . (Dt. 30.19a). This is challenging work we have. Young people grow up in a society where the last dont seem to be first and where the meek and humble dont seem to inherit anything. Convincing them to choose life requires an education that goes beyond demonizing greed, hatred, violence, racism, infidelity, lies and exploitation. Our education goes beyond Dont do that, Stay away from that. Our education shows them how we are en-meshed in a malicious collusion of forces for evil. We introduce them to systemic injustice, where oppressive ideologies inspire and then hide inside social systems and structures. This is the bleak picture we want them to look squarely in the eye. We also want them to see how Jesus responded, when he looked the same collusion of evil forces in the eye. He loved. He wasnt nave. He felt and saw and named the oppressive ideologies that squeezed the vulnerable and in response he loved. Indeed, God . . . did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him (Jn 3.17). Our calling is to introduce our students to the many signs of the life-giving Spirit in the society and culture they are growing up in. We can encourage them to choose the life of love. With our mentoring, they can begin to see what the Synoptics named the Reign of God, what John named Eternal Life and what Paul named Life in the Spirit. To accomplish all this takes more than a course, more than an academic year. It takes a lifetime to do what Sister Sandra Schneiders, IHM describes as the life of a disciple of Jesus: . . . to see what is really going on, to tell what time it is and what it is time for, to be able to distinguish weeds from wheat in the same field, to know who is who in the clash of persons and nations. In short . . . to distinguish the . . . dynamics of the Reign of God from those of this [evil] world so that they can foster the former and resist the latter. Yes, it is more than we can bring about in a course or a year. But, it is something we can confidently under-take because we are not alone in this work, and we have the assurance of the same graces enjoyed by those who went before us in this wonderful district. Our work is a communitys work, and we are a community of educators living vividly in the world of the Spirit. In Christ the Teacher, </p><p>Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC Visitor </p></li><li><p>Leadership Team </p><p>September Calendar </p><p>VISITOR Bro. Timothy Coldwell, FSC </p><p>3-6 Leadership Week (Covington, LA: Provincialate) 4 LLEC Mtg. (Skype) 14 Montreal 125th Anniversary Observance (Montreal, Canada) 16-18 SFNO-SF District Councils Mtg./SSAA (Napa, CA: Mont La Salle) 19-20 Mullen HS (Denver, CO) 30 St. Michaels HS Leadership Team Visit (Santa Fe, NM: SMHS) </p><p>AUXILIARY VISITOR Bro. David Sinitiere, FSC </p><p>3-6 Leadership Week (Covington, LA: Provincialate) 4 LLEC Mtg. (Skype) 16-18 SFNO-SF District Councils Mtg. (Napa, CA: Mont La Salle) 19-20 Mullen HS (Denver) 30 St. Michaels HS Leadership Team Visit (Santa Fe, NM: SMHS) </p><p>DIRECTOR of VOCATION PROMOTION Bro. Michael Livaudais, FSC </p><p>16-18 SFNO-SF District Councils Mtg. (Napa, CA: Mont La Salle) 20 Vocation Coordinators of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA: ARHS) 27 Vocation Coordinators of Pacific Northwest (Milwaukie, OR: LSCCP) 30 St. Michaels HS Leadership Team Visit (Santa Fe, NM: SMHS) </p><p>DIRECTOR of LASALLIAN MISSION Mr. Charles Legendre, AFSC </p><p>3-6 Leadership Week (Covington, LA: Provincialate) 4 LLEC Mtg. (Skype) 6 CLASP Faculty Orientation (Covington: SPS) 10 Pin Mass/Task Force Mtg. (New Orleans, LA: CBS) 11-14 CLASP Visit (Covington, LA: SPS) 16-18 SSAA (Napa, CA: Mont La Salle) 18-19 Campus Ministers/Activity Directors Wkshp. (Duncan Mills, CA: St. Josephs Camp) 26-28 Board Governance Training (New Orleans, LA: DLSHS) 30 St. Michaels HS Leadership Team Visit (Santa Fe, NM: SMHS) </p><p>DIRECTOR of RESOURCE MANAGEMENT Bro. Peter Tripp, FSC </p><p>3-6 Leadership Week (Covington, LA: Provincialate) 4 LLEC Mtg. (Skype) 16-18 SFNO-SF District Councils Mtg. (Napa, CA: Mont La Salle) 20 De La Salle HS Board Mtg. (New Orleans, LA) 30 St. Michaels HS Leadership Team Visit (Santa Fe, NM: SMHS) </p><p>DIRECTOR of COMMUNICATIONS Mr. Bob Carrejo </p><p>3-6 Leadership Week (Covington, LA: Provincialate) 4 LLEC Mtg. (Skype) 7-29 Communications Office West (Denver, CO) 30 St. Michaels HS Leadership Team Visit (Santa Fe, NM: SMHS) </p></li><li><p>Christian Brothers School </p><p>Community News </p><p> As summer draws to a close, the brutal heat of the sun has given way to a far more benign warmth. The late afternoons are, in fact, quite pleasant com-pared with their counterparts of just a few weeks ago. The wildlife around the lake has rebounded from its winter scarcity. In fact, the mallard duck population seems to have exploded with scores of these hungry critters prowling about during the early evening hours looking for handouts from generous park visitors. Renovation of all of the bedrooms on the second floor was completed at CBS near the end of July, permitting the Brothers from the Porter Community to move into their rooms. They were delighted with the truly comfortable accommodations that had resulted from the renovation. However, on one dark and windless night a few weeks later, Br. Michael Livaudais was intently working at his computer when out of the blue came Crack! Crash! Boom! Understandably startled, he looked up and saw that a large chunk of his newly painted ceiling now occupied the newly finished floor of his newly renovated bedroom right next to his newly placed television console! There was dust and grit all over what had been, up to just a few moments before, a neat and sparklingly clean bedroom. He was deeply grateful that neither the sky was falling nor had he been sitting in the path of that utter destruction. Now, almost two weeks later, he is patiently waiting for the workers to finish repairing the damage. Except for this isolated incident, the transformation of the Brothers living quarters on the second floor this summer has proceeded swiftly and without a hitch thanks to the detailed planning of Larry Francioni and the tireless, professional work of his construction crews. The only other unfinished work remaining on Phase 1 of the renovation (involving the bedrooms and bathrooms) is the completion of Br. Laurence Konersmanns bathroom. In the not too distant future, work on Phase 2 </p><p>is scheduled to begin. At that time, the areas outside the bedrooms will be renovated. This includes the open area near the chapel, the connecting hallway, and the old TV and typing rooms. Now that school has started for the 2013-2014 school year, the Brothers are once again busy about the work of Christian Education. Br. Laurence is acting Director of the community and is teaching his usual lineup of religion and science classes. He has also begun training his Academic Games students, preparing them for their upcoming intellectual skirmishes. </p><p> Br. John Mai has resumed his very successful and popular series of prayer services for students during the lunch periods. He also supervises the cafeteria in the morning, ably assisted by Br. Thomas Ward. He also leads a group of mothers in the recitation of the rosary on Friday mornings and continues to be quite active in the local Vietnamese community. He practices music on various instruments on a regular basis, learning new ones as he goes along. He makes use of his musical talents both in his prayer services and at various school functions, including our monthly school Masses. Br. Thomas is a very active 90+ year old, helping out wherever he can. He exercises regularly by taking walks around the park, and visits family and friends. Playing just for fun, he and Br. Laurence have become the Sudoku aficionados of the community. Br. Gale Condit is constantly on the go as he </p><p>From Around the District </p><p>Brother John Mai helps clean up following the Falling Skies Affair. </p></li><li><p>carries out his duties as President of Rummel. The school is doing extremely well under his leadership. Although his job requires a great deal of his time, he still tries to make time to get in daily physical exercise and participate in as many community activities as he can. He revels in those occasions when he can get exercise walking through our fabulous back yard, especially following the path around the Great Lake just south of the school. In addition to his work as vocation director for the district, Br. Michael Livaudais keeps busy working part time at Rummel and also spends time being present at De La Salle, CBS and St Pauls. Br John Larose is now the community bookkeeper as well as sacristan. Recently one of the Brothers got into the car after mass and saw, to his amazement, a small dove perched on the hood of the car where the hood ornament ordinarily sits. The bird remained unmoved as the engine started and the vehicle began slowly moving forward. As the car was turning out of the lot, the dove pranced around a bit, looked at the driver and then calmly hopped off the hood! Could it have possibly been an omen? </p><p> Brother John Larose, FSC Correspondent </p><p>School News </p><p> The new school year is off to a terrific start! The CBS community welcomed three new Brothers in residence over the summer: Brother Gail Condit, Brother Michael Livaudais, and Brother Thomas Ward. We are excited to have them on campus. In addition, we honored our beloved Brother Amedy Esquibel with the completion of the new Brother Amedy Courtyard. On August 14, 120 new students scurried onto the grounds for a day of campus orientation and icebreakers. The following day we kicked off the be-ginning of the new year with a celebration of the Feast of the Assumption. Many of the years extra-curriculars have already gotten underway, including tackle and flag football, cross country, chess, aca-demic games, kayak club, intramural basketball, and Lasallian Youth. Despite all this activity, the most notable experi-ence thus far has been the implementation of the new 1:1 iPad program. All over campus, students and teachers alike are becoming accustomed to sty-luses instead of pens and screens instead of paper. Surely Saint John Baptist de La Salle never anticipat-ed anything like this! </p><p> Mr. Michael Prat Correspondent </p><p>De La Salle Brothers - Malvern </p><p> On August 17, I flew from Melbourne to New Plymouth, New Zealand. I am here in the Francis Douglas Memorial College (High School), a Lasallian School which does not have Brothers working it. I am here for two weeks working with students and teachers. The amazing thing is that this is a boarding school. There are 750 students grades 7-13 (yes in New Zealand high schools go up to grade 13 not grade 12). Of the 750, 150 are resident students grades 9-12. Shades of St. Pauls in another era. The weather is glorious. We are at the end of Winter and beginning Spring. New Zealand is an awesome land of green and beauty. As I flew from Wellington to New Plymouth yesterday I was touched by the rivers and the large expanse of green. On one side of New Plymouth we have Mount Taranaki, an extinct volcano covered with snow and skiiers, and on the other side we have the Tasminian Ocean with incredible surfing its huge </p><p>Christian Brothers School faculty members observe as two new students get acquainted during orientation activities. </p></li><li><p>white caps. Today I worked with 3 of the 8th grade classes. Wonderful kids. This noon and evening I ate with the boarders. There are two young men from Germany on the staff. T...</p></li></ul>

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