With the Assembly less than a month away, the programme is more or less complete. Registrations have started coming in and some communities have already held meetings in preparation. Three members from CLC in Slovakia have confirmed their participation. These are Beata Machajdova, Martina Mrovcakova and Fr Leopold Slaninka sj. They will be staying on for a couple of days and it will be nice if they can hosted with CLC members for the three nights after the Assembly - so if you can host one or more of them, please get in touch. Finally, we are excited about the main speakers for this year’s Assembly, and they too are looking forward to it with enthusiasm. Some information is provided below, but we will know them best when we meet them face to face as they guide us in our journey to a deeper understanding and a greater love and commitment for our common home.
Fr Mark Ciantar is one of two Franciscan Friars who work at Dar Frate Jacoba on full time basis. Dar Frate Jacoba is an innovative project in Marsascala bringing together religious and lay people working together to offer a home for youngsters coming from difficult social backgrounds. The residence and surrounding fields are operated on a system known as permaculture - an ecological design for sustainability in all aspects of human endeavor. Fr. Ciantar will tell us more about the project, as well as the attitudes and life choices it represents.
Prof. Paul Pace B.Ed. (Hons), M.Ed., Ph.D. (Bradford), is full time associate professor in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and science education, and the Director of the Centre for Environmental Education & Research, in the Faculty of Education of the University of Malta. He is very active in the field of ESD, and works closely with teachers in the implementation of sustainability policies in schools. He was involved in several local and foreign projects aimed at the development of curriculum material for ESD and science. He is also the vice-chairperson of the Interdiocesan Commission for the Environment of the Maltese Archdiocese.
Alwin and Rojean Macalalad come from CLC in the Philippines, and they will be accompanied on this trip by their daughter Aeraele. They currently work at the CLC World Secretariat in Rome, where Alwin is the Executive Secretary. They are in a unique position to give us some insight into the life of CLC around the world and the initiatives that are underway in connection with the ecology frontier.