OCEANIA/AUSTRALIA - A “missionary experience” in Papua: the offering of the De La Salle Brothers to the Australian youth

Friday, 11 September 2009

Port Moresby (Agenzia Fides) - “See to believe in the missionary vocation,” for gaining light for personal discernment and deciding to give your entire life to the preaching of the Gospel and the service of others: this is the proposal of the De La Salle Brothers to young men from Australia, inviting them to experience “an incredible opportunity to live two weeks on missionary service in Papua New Guinea.”
It is a volunteer service with underprivileged youth and children or poor families in the missions the Brothers run in Papua.
“Living and working in contact with the other La Salle Brothers and the local communities, the youth volunteers will have a live experience of the extraordinary impact the Brothers can have on the situation of the poverty and marginalization of youth in Papua,” La Salle Brothers told Fides, with the hope that many Australian youth will take a decisive step towards religious consecration or permanent missionary services.
Brother Mark McKeon, Vocational Director for the La Salle Brothers, affirmed in a note sent to Agenzia Fides: “Quality of life in remote communities such as those in Western Australia and Papua New Guinea is limited by access to education, health, employment and recreation services. The programs not only provide young men with an opportunity to experience the life of a Brother but also an incredible experience of working within isolated communities to make a profound difference to peoples lives.”
The Brothers believe that the experience of gift and selfless service, as the Gospel teaches, can help Australian youth in the discernment of a vocation to the missions. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 11/09/2009)