After carefully considering the studies of the international survey, participants discussed the path to follow in the forthcoming months. There are three main directions.
- A scientific approach involving experts for in-depth studies on certain specific themes.
- The study of the results according to regional and provincial specificities. This second study will start with the meetings of regional formation committees scheduled for 2018, their aim to reach those involved in initial training in a broad all-inclusive manner. For this reason, the translation of the research results published by Mr. Bay into other languages is currently underway.
- The reflection on the orientations and guidelines emerging from this research, the aspects most directly involving the two Departments in their meeting.
According to a already drawn up work schedule, by the end of the year the plan is to arrive at penning a first draft of guidelines that, from the situations and challenges that emerge, may offer indications for the path to take for both the Youth Ministry and Formation regarding Salesian personal accompaniment – without, of course, disregarding the ecclesial journey and the vast wealth of the Salesian charismatic heritage.
The meeting of March 24th was considered by all the participants to be very enriching, thanks to the richness of the Salesian life behind it and within the answers of the 4,000 Salesians and young people who participated in the questionnaire. Besides the great variety of local situations and the many challenges that appeared at each phase of formation, the feeling that emerged was the great enthusiasm for the Salesian vocation and mission.
"We have a very rich heritage for the Church, the world, the young. We cannot not commit all our energies to ensure that this treasure continue to be transmitted," commented Fr Silvio Roggia, from the Department for Formation. "Accompaniment is the key to the personalization of formation, which in turn is what guarantees the ever new fruitfulness of the Salesian charism."