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ImageThe PARC Region is one of eleven Regions in the international Lasallian world. The Region and role of the Regional Coordinator is defined by the Rule of the Brothers of the Christian Schools in Article 127 as follows:
                
“The Region is not understood first of all as a structure of government but as a means of coordination and collaboration between certain sectors of the Institute which choose to join together. Nevertheless, the statutes of each Region can confer on the Regional Coordinator a role of decision and authority in certain matters in certain cases.
               
Unity of heart and mind among the Brothers of the Region is established and maintained by communicating and actively sharing with one another. A Region is established as an expression of the willingness of the units that compose it to cooperate with one another and so benefit by the added vitality that comes from acting together.
                   
Every District, every Sub-District and every Delegation forms part of a Region. The Brother Superior General and his Council ensure that no sector of the Institute remains isolated and without the benefit that comes from collaboration.”
                   
The PARC Region is not only vast geographically, but also rich in its diversity of cultures and religions, united by the Lasallian charism. Sixteen countries compose PARC; India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand.
              
Membership of the Regional Conference at present consists of the heads of each of the sectors in PARC who may be a Brother Visitor, Auxiliary Visitor, President, Delegate, Area Coordinator or Area Director. The Regional Conference meets annually in one of the sectors while an executive committee (EXCO) of four Brothers meets at least twice a year. There is a Lasallian Services Committee of PARC with Lasallian Partners and Brothers as members. It meets annually; planning, organizing and coordinating PARC programmes for all Lasallians.
          
For a number of years now, PARC has organized formation programmes for educators and youth throughout the Region. Some programmes are open to all Lasallians, while others are Brother specific eg the La Salle Novitiate in Lipa, Philippines, which is a regional novitiate. Over the years the collaborative spirit in the Region has grown from strength to strength.
        
In addition to La Salle Novitiate, the Universitas Katolik De La Salle, Manado (Indonesia) is a Regional project, staffed by Brothers from throughout the Region or from elsewhere in the Institute. The appointment of a PARC representative to UMAEL and the invitation extended to Brothers and Lasallian Partners from the Region to serve on international Institute commissions is indicative of PARC’s contribution in the international Lasallian arena.
              
Until 2004, the Regional Coordinator or Chairman of PARC’s position was held by a Brother elected by the Conference for a determined period of time. During 2004, the Conference decided to appoint a full-time Regional Coordinator for the first time and an office was set up at St Patrick’s School, Singapore. The role of the Regional is evolving with the following areas forming part of the job description;

Ø      Coordinates the Region’s programmes of initial and continuing
        formation for Brothers, Partners and Associates

Ø      Fosters interdependence and inter-regional cooperation

Ø      Implements 43rd General Chapter propositions

Ø      Coordinates Regional Programmes for the Rights of the Child

Ø      Supervises and monitors PARC restructuring

Ø      Supervises development and fundraising

Other responsibilities as requested by PARC, Br Superior General and Council PARC 28, meeting in Yangon in January 2005 set seven priorities for the Region in order to strengthen vitality and viability:
                 
1. Give priority to the promotion of the vocation to the Brothers’ way of life, and foster the emerging forms of Lasallian vocation.

2. Open up our communities

   -Avoid sector isolation
   -Promote communion
   -Promote internationality
   -Explore new forms of community

3. New renewal programmes that address other needs - midlife/senior Brothers. interior life/prayer life.

4. PARC develops an integrated Lasallian formation programme for Partners and Brothers (which would include training in leadership and management and succession planning) for leadership at District and local level.

5. PARC provides a regional programme for the formation of formators-Brothers and Partners

6. PARC appoints a full-time staff person responsible for raising funds for endowment for PARC Regional Office

7. Intensify collaboration among sectors-cross cultural exchange and dialogue among staff, students, volunteers, Brothers.

In preparation for an international assembly of Lasallians in 2006, PARC, in December 2005 will hold its first ever Regional Assembly, constituted by delegates from all sectors of the Region, the majority of whom will be lay people. The assembly will take place in Manila and consider the theme of “Association for Mission.”

              
By Bro. David Hawke FSC
Co-ordinator, PARC
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