Brother Javier Hansen, FSC, from El Paso, Texas, and Sister Marie Faustina, RSM, a Saint Mary’s student, lead a roundtable discussion with students, staff, and faculty on April 23. Brother Javier and Sister Marie were two of eight delegates selected to attend the Pre-Synod Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment in Rome last month with Pope Francis.
Campus ministry and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary collaborated on this roundtable discussion, which was an intentional effort to create meaningful dialogue around our Lasallian mission and to empower and engage future leaders of the Church. Students had the opportunity to hear about the Pre-Synod experience and to discuss topics such as social media as a way to connect with others, vocational discernment, leadership, the call to be authentic witnesses, diversity, and the empowerment of young people in the life of the Church. As a result of student discussions, a document will be created reflecting the hopes of the young people of Saint Mary’s and will be sent to members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops participating in the full Synod this fall.
Read Sister Marie’s reflection on her Pre-Synod experience.
Read an interview with Brother Javier from the District of San Francisco New Orleans.
Read a story about Brother Javier from Catholic News Service.