Mongolia - First meeting of the country's SYM
Darkhan, Mongolia - January 2023 - On January 23 and 24, 2023, young people who attend the three Salesian presences in Mongolia - Ulan Bator, Shuvuu, and Darkhan - gathered for the first time and held the First Meeting of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) of the country. The event, which took place in the "Mary Help of Christians" parish in Darkhan, was attended by 45 young people, ages 14 to 28, who, accompanied by Salesians and their collaborators, were able to experience the various activities prepared to commemorate St. Francis de Sales and Don Bosco. The central themes of the first day were the Rector Major's Strenna 2023, "AS THE YEAST IN TODAY'S HUMAN FAMILY. The Lay Dimension of the Family of Don Bosco," and some examples of the sanctity of Don Bosco's early Past Pupils, such as Dominic Savio, Francis Besucco and Michael Magone. Participants were able to deepen their knowledge and experienced moments of reflection, prayer and play, in addition to daily Masses. The second day explored the figure of St. Francis de Sales and the meaning of the Salesian Youth Movement. After each talk, the youth shared their reflections and thoughts in groups. The enthusiasm of the young people was evident throughout the gathering, in which they shared friendship and received a broader understanding of the new Salesian world that they are just beginning to appreciate as part of their own, in a culture where Catholicism is still unknown.