Italy – Results and perspectives of III School for Provincial Delegates for Salesian Youth Ministry

19 May 2022

(ANS - Turin) - The activities of the 3rd School for Provincial Delegates for Salesian Youth Ministry ended yesterday, Wednesday, May 18. The training sessions, which involved about 50 Provincial Delegates for Youth Ministry from all over the world, were organized in theoretical-applicative modules whose teachings focused on a plurality of topics of absolute relevance.

These themes were:

1. Anthropological vision and interpretative keys of the Salesian pastoral educational model.

2. Charismatic source of the Salesian pastoral educational model: The Preventive System and the "oratorian heart."

3. Pastoral leadership, the development of meaningful interpersonal relationships, and conflict coping.

4.  Organicity and continuity in youth ministry: dynamics within a Province, management of commissions and groups in the provincial pastoral setting.

5. Pastoral intervention in the Educational-Pastoral Communities and the various sectors of Youth Ministry: criteria of verification, elements of significance, and path towards greater significance.

6. Integration of personal, relational skills and spiritual accompaniment into the life of the Delegate.

7. Understanding of the Pastoral Care of "contagion," of "come and see," the vocational animation that narrates with its own radiant face and joy of life what happens to a person who offers his "yes" to the Lord.

8. Implications of planning in the different aspects of the educational and pastoral experience (culture of reflection, "to stop, think and act" for the Provincial Organic Project, the Salesian Provincial Pastoral Educational Project): pastoral decision-making demands that we reach concrete planning.

9.  Guided visit to the Salesian places that saw the unfolding of Don Bosco's splendid human and Christian adventure: his choices, inspirational values and achievements thus acquire a singular evocative and pastoral force.

10. Promotion of integral ecology, the value of music, and prayer with young people.

"These days give rise to some challenges that we are called to face as provincial animators of Youth Ministry," commented Fr Miguel Angel García Morcuende, General Councilor for Youth Ministry, "that of trust, which is not afraid to offer a courageous proposal, evangelically demanding and at the same time profoundly human; that of lucidity, which helps us not to lose the Salesian model of doing pastoral work and keeping our gaze fixed on what matters in different historical moments; that of the conviction that following Christ is worth it, and that the total gift of self to the cause of the Gospel is something wonderful and beautiful that can give meaning to a whole life."

It was a Salesian experience that rekindled the sense of belonging to the Congregation and reawakened the desire to revive pastoral charity in the confreres and a focus on the new peripheries.


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