Professional Development Invitation

The Lasallian VEGA program is a professional development and personal formation program. Its purpose is to foster a spirit of community and association for the Lasallian mission.  It is designed by and for those who are between the ages of 23 and 40 who work in Lasallian colleges (like Manhattan College) as well as in secondary schools, middle schools, and child care agencies.

The Lasallian VEGA program takes place over the course of 5 days (July 31-Aug 4) and included interactive sessions about: 

  • The life story of John Baptist de La Salle - and its significance for us in the 21st century,
  • the development of the Lasallian heritage and spirit from the 1600s in diverse cultures and among people of a variety of faith traditions,
  • Contemporary issues in our Lasallian world of education
  • Lasallian Community, Association, Spirituality and mission
  • Catholic social teaching and community service
  • Prayer, reflection, and community building


  • The Lasallian VEGA program runs all day from Monday, July 31 – Friday, August 4, 2017 
  • The Manhattan College Mission Office will cover the program costs for Manhattan staff, administrators, and faculty who aplly to the Mission Office before Friday, June 9, 2017
  • Applicants are notified of their acceptance by Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The application process:

  1. Discuss your interest in participating in this one-week full-time program with your department chair, director, dean, vice president, and/or supervisor.
  2. As soon as possible, and before Friday, June 9th, send a brief essay (no more than 750 word) to in which you 
  • discuss reasons for wanting to participate in the Lasallian VEGA program, 
  • discuss how your participation will benefit you, your academic / professional career, as well as your personal and spiritual life, 
  • confirm that you’ve discussed your participation in this program with your supervisor and that you have received that support, 
  • indicate if you would like to be a commuter ($150 fee, reimbursed by Mission Office) or a residence participant ($350 fee, reimbursed by Mission Office) for this program (note that since participants will be coming from across the northeast and elsewhere in the United States and Canada, a majority of the participants will be resident participants - and you are most welcome to consider being a resident participant so that you can participate in the evening social programs as well).


The purpose of the essay is to give the Selection Committee a sense of what issues are most important to you.


  1. By Tuesday, June 13th applicants will be notified of their status for funding support from the Mission Office for their participation -- and then they must register online with DENA, the program sponsors, at this website: Lasallian VEGA program


For more information, you may wish to consult

  • AJ Goodman, Residence Life, who is a member of the Lasallian VEGA Planning Committee and also serves on the DENA Young Lasallian Council
  • members of the Manhattan College community who have previously participated in this program: Toni Baisden, Residence Life, Alan Hartman, Residence Life, Jimena Naranjo, Residence Life, Suzana Pavisic, Admissions, Charisse Simmons, Registrars’ Office
  • Brother Jack, VP for Mission.
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