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.