Malta – Salesian Family at service of youth today

13 November 2018

(ANS – Sliema) – On Saturday 3rd November, the Salesian Family in Malta gathered at St. Patrick’s Salesian School for a symposium. This symposium was one of the activities in preparation for the Provincial Chapter which will be held in May 2019, and so in line with the main theme of the Chapter “What kind of Salesian for the youth of today?” the Symposium carried the title “The Salesian Family at the service of youth today”. This was a moment of formation for both Salesians and lay people that work in the mission for youth and so was also in line with the invitation that the Rector Major gives to the Salesians, namely to create programmes of formation for both Salesians and the laity together. 

The first theme discussed during the symposium was the youth of today, namely what is called “Generation Z” in sociology, while looking also at Generations X and Y in order to understand better the development and nature of Z. This was done mostly from a sociological and psychological point of view and the lecture was given by Dr Julian Caruana, a counselling psychologist who works in the local scene. He is currently contracted by the Jesuit Refugee Service, Malta, to offer psychological assessment and therapy to refugees and asylum seekers and to provide training and consultation in the field of trauma and migrant mental health. Dr Caruana is also a senior visiting lecturer with the Department of Psychology at the University of Malta.

The second theme was developed by Mr Renato Cursi, secretary of the Youth Ministry Department at “Sacro Cuore”. Mr Cursi, in line with the methodology of both the Synod of Bishops about Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment, and of the General Chapter 28, started with the situation of faith of youth (recognising), went on to discuss some of the outcomes of the synod (interpreting) and ended with the Salesian option as a response that can be lived by Salesians, laity and young people (choosing). 

So the final outcome of the Symposium was a reflection about young people today done between laity, young people and Salesians together.


ANS - “Agenzia iNfo Salesiana” is a on-line almost daily publication, the communication agency of the Salesian Congregation enrolled in the Press Register of the Tibunal of Rome as n 153/2007.

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