Uruguay – "The abundance of life": seminar on vocational dimension in Youth Ministry

22 October 2019

(ANS - Montevideo) - "Ennoblecer el corazón" (Ennobling the heart) is the name of the Transversal Development Project of the Salesian Youth Ministry of the "St Joseph" Province of Uruguay; its title: "The abundance of life" and was guided by three experts in the field: Fr Daniel García, a Youth Ministry Department member; Salesian brother Hugo Vera, SDB, from Argentina; and Ana María Díaz, from Chile.

The vocational project's name is inspired by Don Bosco's phrase: "I have always tried to illuminate the mind, ennobling the heart."

Attended by more than 120 directors, educators and formators, the seminar was held at the Salesian Formation Institute in Montevideo. At the beginning of the work sessions, before Msgr. Luis Eduardo González, auxiliary bishop of Montevideo and rector of the "Cristo Rey" Major Seminary, Fr Alfonso Bauer, Provincial, emphasized the importance of focusing on the vocational theme "together", that is, with the young and the laity: "Today is not the moment of prescriptions, but of research and discernment," he said; he encouraged the greater involvement of people because "it is not a topic for spectators ... We want to live life as a vocation and accompany young people on this journey."

Subsequently the speakers of the seminar gave their talk, each one preceded by an exhibition by the group "Aristophanes", who with their songs for years have animated the various pastoral events proposed in the field of Youth Ministry and in Salesian feasts.

Fr García indicated that “the paradigm of how to accompany young people is the path to Emmaus, in a special way, knowing how to listen. Today we cannot think of pastoral care without starting from the person. And this cannot be obtained without the possibility of listening. The art of listening and accompaniment must be cultivated."

Fr Lezama then explained that the "key" of the vocational prospects lies in the fact that "vocation is not something external to our life, it is not something that stops outside; it is our life that is 'vocationed'."

"To ennoble the heart. The Salesian Youth Vocational Spirituality project" was the theme of Ana María Díaz, who presented the foundations and contents of the proposal for the transversality of the Vocations Ministry.

Fr Bauer concluded the seminar, hoping that this had been a phase of sowing, which "will be strengthened by waiting, cultivation and care, leaving aside the self-reference and assuming the dynamics of walking together." 


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