During Lent the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN) sponsors the Twinning Program, a program that links RELAN ministries to ministries in the Lwanga District (East Africa). La Salle Academy is “twinned” with Rongai Agricultural and Technical School in Rongai, Kenya.
Each Wednesday La Salle students are challenged to share their wealth with their poor “brothers” in Rongai through contributions to the Lenten “Mite Box.” Faculty and staff also assist with Soup Wednesdays. Each Wednesday during Lent teachers and staff volunteer to bring in soup and bread—their colleagues share in this for a $5.00 offering that is added to the “Mite Box” collection.
On Friday, 20 March, La Salle will have its Twinning Dress-down Day in which all proceeds from dressing-down are earmarked for Rongai A & T School and its students. During the day La Salle students will pray with their brothers in Africa.
La Salle students have also been viewing a video prepared by the RELAN Regional Conference that explains the Twinning Program and its importance to the ministries of the Lwanga District.
In the past students and faculty have visited Lasallian ministries in Kenya and have seen first-hand the good their twinning money has done. There is no doubt that La Salle students will continue their generous response to reach beyond its borders.
Pope Francis challenges all of us to go to the peripheries, to stretch ourselves beyond the ordinary and the routine, to leave our comfort zones (The Joy of the Gospel). Twinning is a way for La Salle students to open their minds and to extend their hearts to their “brothers” whom they may never see. It is a wonderful way to make Lenten sacrifice a reality.
LENTEN TWINNING PRAYER 2•0•1•5
Loving God, Creator of all that is good and holy, through Your grace You inspired Saint John Baptist de La Salle, to open schools for the young so we may learn of Your love for us and receive a Christian education thereby becoming the sons or daughters you created us to be. Today, guided by Your Divine Providence, the Lasallian Mission enriches the lives of thousands of young people all over our world. During this time of Lent, we offer our prayers in a special way for our fellow Lasallian sisters and brothers in twin schools in the Lwanga District and the Lasallian Region of North America. As a global Lasallian faith community, we live in association through our Twinning Program, for we pray for one another, learn from one another, and support one another. Our hearts are filled with gratitude as we engage in this blessed opportunity to deepen the connection twin schools share. Loving God, we pray that you will touch our hearts, filled with zeal for the Mission, as we, Lasallians on two continents, come together in solidarity. May we gain a greater understanding that, although distance separates us, we have more in common than we may realize. We pray this in the name of Jesus, Your Son and our brother, Amen.
Saint John Baptist de La Salle … Pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts … Forever.