Spain – Salesian Youth Center "Amencer" celebrates 35 years of Salesian presence in Ourense

06 April 2022

(ANS - Ourense) - More than three decades of presence is an opportune time to lay deep roots. A proof of this can be seen by looking at Ourense, in the north of Spain, in Galicia, where the Salesian youth center "Amencer" celebrates 35 years of life dedicated to youth.

A lot of time, commitment, work, and emotions have been employed, together with a lot of good will, to change forever, for the better, the lives of young Galicians. "Amencer" today ranks as one of the most active and dynamic oratories nationwide, with a large number of young people welcomed and accompanied each year, and is a center full of life able to give an example of dedication and living the Salesian charism.

For this reason, "Amencer" has prepared a rich program of initiatives, and the celebrations took place over the weekend from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 March. In the evening of the first day, a youth party was held, during which boys and girls could gather and dance together. The following morning, the groups of children - "Saltimbanqui", "Andaina" and the "Friends of Dominic Savio" - enjoyed the games that the animators prepared for them around the city.

On the same day, in the afternoon, a meeting took place between the Directive and Coordination Council and the Salesian Community, followed by the anniversary celebrations at the Salesian House. The evening ended with a dinner for all those who are and have been part of the history of "Amencer". Finally, Sunday ended with the Eucharist in the parish church dedicated to Mary Help of Christians, which brought together all the young people, families, and friends of Amencer, and the subsequent visit to the exhibition on the work’s 35 years, created together with the Salesian Family.

For the occasion, the Director of the Youth Center wrote:

"The path taken as a Salesian youth center has been constant, open to reality and the city, and has sought to respond to the needs of the children and youth of Ourense.

Amencer is in Ourense to respond to the needs of our children and youth within a clear and defined educational-pastoral project. This is what we celebrated this weekend in the company of Salesians, animators and former animators, youth, adolescents and children, and many other people close to us.

With our celebrations, we wanted to mark the 35th anniversary in memory and prophecy. Remembering the work of many volunteers (or animators, as we call them) who have dreamed, dream and will dream of welcoming every child or young person in need.

And we continue to dream of a new 'amencer' (dawn) with peace, fraternity, justice in an educational and integral free time".


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