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DR. ALFRED PANG
LASALLIAN SCHOLAR AND EDUCATOR, SINGAPORE
Dr. Alfred Pang is from Singapore and received a Lasallian education in De La Salle Primary School and St. Joseph’s Institution. He recently graduated with a PhD in Theology and Education from Boston College. Alfred researches and writes at the intersection of theology, educational philosophy, ethics and childhood studies. His PhD dissertation investigates a Lasallian understanding of child and childhood in its spirituality and pedagogy.
In his presentation, Alfred considers how the mission of Lasallian education is rooted in a sense of contemplative wonder at the miracle of God’s life incarnated in and shared with children as one of us. From this insight, he invites us to cultivate teaching as a spiritual practice of holy wondering with children.
MS MARYANN DONOHUE-LYNCH
ASSOCIATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, OFFICE FOR MISSION AND MINISTRY,
DISTRICT OF EASTERN NORTH AMERICA (DENA)
Maryann Donohue-Lynch is the Associate Executive Director of the Office for Mission and Ministry, District of Eastern North America (DENA). Maryann holds a MA in Theology from Saint John’s University, New York. She is also a graduate of the Lasallian Leadership Institute and the Buttimer Institute for Lasallian Studies. Maryann will represent RELAN (Lasallian Region of North America) at AMIEL III to be held in Rome in 2022. An in-demand retreat presenter, Maryann has authored numerous articles as well as presenting virtually on a variety of topics for the Institute. In 2016,
Maryann co-founded Lasallian Women of Hope, which provides grants to grassroots efforts to ensure girls access to their Lasallian education. In November of 2021, Lasallians will commemorate the 330th anniversary of the Heroic Vow made by De La Salle and his two companions, Gabriel Drolin and Nicholas Vuyart. In her presentation, Maryann offers contemporary examples of how Lasallians are living the “heroic vow,” as we consider what it means to be the heart, memory and guarantor of the Lasallian Mission today.
BR MICHAEL VALENZUELA FSC
INSTITUTIONAL LASALLIAN ANIMATOR FOR DE LA SALLE - COLLEGE OF SAINT BENILDE, MANILA
A member of the Lasalle East Asia District, Br. Michael Valenzuela FSC holds a master’s degree in Religious Studies and a doctorate in Theology and Religious Education. Br. Mike has been active in Lasallian partners formation and has served on a number of Commissions and Councils supporting the work of the Superior General and his Council in Rome. Most recently, he was a member of the team that conceived and wrote Formation for Mission: A Pilgrim’s Handbook (2019). Since 2015,
Br. Michael has been working as a consultant for De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, a professional school that is renowned for its commitment to “innovation for inclusion”. Br. Michael’s presentation covers the evolution of the college’s unique thrust and the problems and challenges that have shaped its particular way of embodying the Lasallian mission. Significant initiatives will be discussed as well as key learnings that might have relevance for the international Assembly on Mission.