Hoping to benefit from a post-WYD increased interest in vocations, Australia's De La Salle Brothers are offering young men the opportunity to "test drive" their vocation in remote Western Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Young Australian men from 20 to 35 will have "an incredible opportunity" to experience 'Being a Brother' in remote communities, a De La Salle media statement says.
The first "Challenge Program" to be held from September 15 to 28 offers the experience of living in the remote Aboriginal community of Balgo Hills, in the southeast Kimberley region of Western Australia, assisting the Brothers in their work to provide young people with educational opportunities so they can coexist with the demands of western society.
Volunteers will gain insight into the lives of the Brothers in this small isolated desert settlement. The program also offers volunteers the opportunity to experience the spiritual practices of the Brothers as well as a desert retreat to reflect on their adventure.
Br Mark McKeon, Director of Vocations and Youth Ministry for the De La Salle Brothers says, "Becoming a De La Salle Brother isn't the first life choice most men would consider. Although incredible and extremely fulfilling, the life of a Brother is not for everyone.
"These programs open up the Brotherhood to young men and provide a personal growth experience to help them determine if it’s something they really feel passionate about doing," he said.
"The 'Challenge Programs' in Papua New Guinea during October and November will give volunteers an understanding of the level of commitment required due to the travel and work challenges which are highlighted throughout the programs.""Quality of life in remote communities such as those in WA and PNG is limited by access to education, health, employment and recreation services.
The Challenge Programs not only provide young men with an opportunity to experience the life of a Brother but also an incredible experience of working within isolated communities to make a profound difference to peoples lives," Br McKeon concluded.
Australian youth given the opportunity to test drive a religious vocation (De La Salle Media Release, 1/8/08)