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Lay person to head Christian institution

June 27, 2011 by  
Filed under India, Meghalaya, Persecution

Lay person to head St. Edmunds CollegeThe Congregation of Christian Brothers has appointed a lay person to head the prestigious St Edmund’s College in Shillong, in northeastern Meghalaya state.

It’s the first time a lay person has been appointed principle at the oldest college in the state, which was established in 1924.

Brother C. D’ Abreu, rector of St. Edmund’s College, said the move would allow more time for the brothers to go to remote places and minister to the poor.

Goethals Memorial School in Kurseong, in West Bengal state, became the congregation’s first education institution to appoint a lay person as principal in 1990.

“The Church has been encouraging us to put lay people in positions of responsibility, and we as a congregation believe that the laity, especially those who have been working with us for many years share our charism and vision,” he said.

“The Christian brothers still run and manage St. Edmund’s School as well as the college. I, as the rector, work closely with the principal as our model of leadership is team based.”

The principal used to have sole responsibility over many things now there is the rector and three vice-principals to assist him. Decisions are taken in consultation with the team.

Sylvanus Lamare, the new principal, has a doctorate in Khasi literature and has been a lecturer at the college for almost 20 years.

“The real challenge is to maintain quality and to teach Christian values as laid down by the Christian brothers.”

– Ucan

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