Participants of the last SEA2 meeting got the chance to soak up some Indonesian culture by visiting an Islamic boarding school called "pesantren".

DILI, Timor Leste, August 28, 2013—Together with other youth leaders from the region, the Philippines is set to participate in the Southeast Asia (SEA) 2 Youth Animators’ Meeting and Workshop this September 8-13 in Dili, Timor Leste to share learnings and ‘best practices’ in youth ministry. 

What works in Asia 

“This initiative is to help countries share the richness of youth ministry for the possibility for the exchange of information to happen, to take place, especially best practices in doing youth ministry,” Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY) executive secretary Fr. Conegundo Garganta said in a recent interview.

Organized by the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences – Office on Laity and Family Life (FABC-OFL), the SEA2 Meeting and Workshop gathers Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Philippines every two years for the “sharing of views and opinions to motivate the youth animators.”  

Youth issues 

According to Fr. Garganta, the almost week-long meeting seeks to establish solidarity and unity among the SEA2 countries by threshing out youth issues unique to the region, while collectively exploring ways of journeying with and assisting young Asian Catholics.   

The participants will also reflect on and be guided by the messages of the Holy Father, especially given during this Year of Faith. 

Representatives from the ECY and the National Secretariat for Youth Apostolate (NSYA), as well as youth leaders from several regions in the Philippines will be attending the workshop. 

The last SEA2 meeting was hosted by Indonesia. [Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]