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Salesian leadership in a time of uncertainty

Over the summer, Reagan Lungren and I were fortunate enough to attend Salesian Leadership Camp along with 12 other seniors at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria. Although we were unable to travel to Camp DeSales in Michigan, COVID-19 didn’t dampen our experience.

For a weekend in June, we were led by Oblates of St. Francis de Sales seminarians from Camp DeSales in a crash course in Salesian spirituality. Each morning, we opened with Mass and met our fellow classmates from across the United States. Speakers presented on various topics, while our small groups gained inspiration from their conferences. As teenagers, we were able to find some solace in Zoom meetings where the content heavily contrasted with the world around us.

After the camp ended, students from Ireton chose the quote for this school year from St. Francis de Sales’ “Introduction to the Devout Life”: “Even though everything turns and changes around us, our hearts must remain unchanging and ever looking, striving and aspiring toward God.” This quote perfectly encapsulates how we must proceed with our school year, even though it may look different from what we expected. For our quote, we looked for something that inspires our fellow students academically and spiritually, even when it feels like you can’t take another day of online learning. As a school community and society, we must “strive and aspire toward God” and toward a better, safer and healthier world as a whole. It all begins here, on Cambridge Road.

 

 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2020