11.12.2014

Don Bosco Youth Ministry - GO!

Don Bosco Youth Ministry - GO!

 

Like Don Bosco FOR the young and WITH the young!

Australia - Melbourne, Lysterfield, Salesian Retreat House, November 10-13, 2014 - exactly 11 years after the previous Youth Ministry Delegates hosted meeting by Australia province in 2003 with Fr. Antoni Domenech (RIP).

Thanks to God a lot of growth experienced was shared during these 4 days of sharing among 25 Salesians coming from all 10 EAO provinces (=no province missing!) and with the YM Councilor and his staff from Rome.

What did we do there in the beautiful countryside with sheeps, cangaroos and cattles around Lysterfield?


1. WE HAVE STUDIED the Salesian Youth Ministry FRAMEWORK.. 

Already the third edition of the 'FRAMEWORK of the SALESIAN YOUTH MINISTRY' (ed. 2014) - after the 'zero' edition (cartoons of Fr. Vecchi - 1990) and 1st edition (1998-translated to most EAO languages and 2nd edition (2000 - fully translated only to Korean). Tha 350 pages book is divided in 8 chapters. Clear and pedagogical presentation in powerpoints, with workshops and sharing among all 25 Salesians.

After the period of 'RE-THINKING of the Youth Ministry' (2009-2013) which involved 8 of the 10 EAO provinces, we have fortunately already this 350 pages long 'Youth Ministry Bible' translated to Thai and almost translated to Korean and Vietnamese.. while still waiting to the Chinese and Japanese translation. At least the YM framework 'Zero edition' (1990) was recently re-edited and published in Chinese!

The fondamental questions (1) about Salesians amidst the youth (culture) ? - (2) about how to do we evangelize through our education process in all of our settings?  and (3) about the pastoral-educative community building (EPC) with formation and plan (Salesian educative and pastoral plan SEPP)... were studying in depth... Presence of 2 - 3 enthusiastic Salesians from one province show already the great interest and importance of this formation for many EAO provinces!!


2.  WE HAVE SHARED a lot of concern, good practices and open challenges from the 10 EAO provinces.

How difficult is to evangelize in the government subsidized schools? How difficult is to form our Lay Mission Partners when 98% of them are Budhist, Muslims or other religion believers? How can we convince? or motivate the Salesians to form with a humble and constant heart the educative and pastoral community in each setting (vs. the top-down and clerical mentality)?

Many good practices from the new frontiers of Youth Ministry were shared: coragoues steps in the Youth At Risk ministry in many provinces (juvenile prisoners or youth at probation period) - FIS province in the South Philippines and Korea, constant forming of the SDB in the Youth ministry (Korea), launching the YM for the young adults (AUL - Australia), Umbrella movement in Hong Kong (CIN)....

 

3. WE HAVE WITNESSED the wonderful re-birth of the Youth Ministry in Australia (meeting the young adult protagonist).

Thank to this meeting, last Tuesday we had dinner and deep sharing with some 8 young adults (and one SDB, FMA who are accompanying) of the creative and energetic expressions of the Youth Ministry in Australia: Eight youth presented the journey of past 8 years - including the participation in the World Youth Day (2008 Sydney and 2011 Spain) which included also the 'Salesian World Youth gathering' in both! 

The YM Valdocco of Australia - Dromana Camp (http://www.donboscocamp.org.au) which forms for past 25 years many youth leaders - volunteers during summer camp for the young people ... with Mr. Ashley who served more than 20 years with his family as the main figure with a true Salesian heart and formed hundreds of the youth leaders. Ashley was present during all 4 days amongst us as the only Lay Mission Partners!

The birth of the Australian Missionary Volunteer movement (Cagliero Project - http://www.salesians.org.au/cagliero-project) in 2007 with formation and immersion in oversea mission places and 6-12 month long volunteer service.

The Australian Salesian Youth Mentors (http://www.salesiansisters.org.au/articles/asym-australian-salesian-youth-mentors-formation-weekend) started in 2012 as the follow up of the youth leaders of the Youth Camp in Dromana. Now there are 38 young adults with the pledge and offering services of mentoring in the Salesian (and non) schools in Australia.

 

Thanks to the sacrificed services of Australia Salesians and especially with fr. Bernie (YM delegate and vice-provincial) and the enthusiasm and hardwork of all YM delegates...

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