Get to know the RELAN delegates and find out why they think this symposium is important.

Michelle_croppedMichelle Batista
Oakland, CA
Director of Student and Family Services, De Marillac Academy, San Francisco, CA
Alumni, Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga 

“The symposium is important for Young Lasallians to learn how this movement is lived out around the world. Moving forward, it also gives us a chance to align our goals and ignite a fire in others to carry out our shared Mission with the Brothers. Young Lasallians play an important role in our ministries and it’s time for us to step up and take responsibility for our part.”

Antoine_croppedAntoine Béland
Montréal, Canada
Camp Counselor, Camp De La Salle, Saint-Alphonse de Rodriguez
Student, Université de Montréal

“The 3rd International Symposium of Young Lasallians is a unique opportunity to meet great people from all over the world who all share the same vocation to make a better life for the kids around us. This chance to meet together alone is energizing, and then we get the chance to work together towards the embodiment of our vocation. I can’t say how I important it is and how thrilled I am!”

Catherine_croppedCatherine Déry
Montréal, Canada
Camp Animator, Camp De-La-Salle
Teacher, Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie

“ISYL is important because it gives the spark to whoever participates in it to continue the hard work of networking Young Lasallians together for the Mission.”

Tim Gossen headshot picture_croppedTim Gossen
Lewiston, MN
Dean of Students, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona

“The 3rd ISYL is important because it is a time for younger—but just as dedicated—Lasallians to have a greater voice. It is my hope that our hard work, association, dedication, and evidence of ‘next steps’ will be heard by the General Chapter delegates as they prepare the Institute for the future.”

Matt KeoughMatt Keough
Syracuse, NY
Math Teacher, Christian Brothers Academy, Syracuse

“The ISYL is fundamental to the continued success of the Lasallian Mission. Young people are the future of the Mission and the ISYL provides the opportunity for us to draw strength from one another; a strength we will use to animate the spirit of our Founder in Young Lasallians throughout our District and Region.”


Sam Kreutzfeldt
St. Paul, MN
Student, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona
United States Lasallian Collegians

“I believe that the ISYL is important because it allows delegates to gather and collaborate on future goals and projects for Young Lasallians throughout the world. Furthermore, the ISYL allows delegates to network and share experiences and information pertaining to the Region they represent.”

Sarah_croppedSarah Laitinen
Warwick, RI
Sixth-Grade Teacher, The San Miguel School of Providence, RI
Former Lasallian Volunteer
Alumni, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona

“I feel that the ISYL is very important because it allows Young Lasallians from around the world to come together to build hope. As Young Lasallians, we honor the tradition of the Institute and possess zeal in sharing co-responsibility for our Mission. It is also important for Young Lasallians to have a voice within our Lasallian Family so we are able to inspire, empower, and invite others to participate in our shared Mission.”

Brad MacheseBrad Marchese
Covington, LA
Spanish Teacher, St. Paul’s School, Covington

“I believe it will be an invaluable experience to gather with so many devoted Young Lasallians, in of all places, Rome. With so many pressing issues and possibilities to discuss, I think it will be very eye-opening to hear the opinions and ideas of other Young Lasallans from different countries and ministries around the world. This will be an immense learning experience for all those involved, and I know we will come back home with so much to share.”

Dustin PerryDustin Perry
Memphis, TN
Alumni, Christian Brothers High School (Memphis) and Christian Brothers University (Memphis)
Teacher and Lasallian Youth Moderator, Christian Brothers High School, Memphis

“This symposium will allow us to unify and coordinate the efforts of Young Lasallians, alongside other Lasallian ministries, in order to enhance a worldwide Young Lasallian movement.”

Chris_croppedChris Swain
Napa, CA
Director of Community, Justin-Siena High School
Former Lasallian Volunteer
Alumni, Saint Mary’s College of California

“What a blessing and opportunity the International Symposium of Young Lasallians (ISYL) will be to give voice to the lived experience of Young Lasallians around the world. It will be an opportunity to listen, to share, to vision, and to build community together as we look at the essential role of young people in the Lasallian Mission and how we invite, accompany and form young people engaged in our Mission.”

Jolleen_croppedJolleen Wagner
Washington, D.C.
Former Lasallian Volunteer
Director, Lasallian Volunteers (RELAN)

“This Symposium is an opportunity for Young Lasallians to demonstrate our shared commitment to the Lasallian Charism.”


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