Youth assembly to employ ‘vocation accompaniment’

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MANILA, Nov 5, 2012 — Recognizing young people’s need for a feeling of connectedness, a Salesian youth assembly happening this Saturday is designed to accompany them on their “journey” towards their vocation.

“Kuwentuhan” on vocation

According to Fr. Favie Faldas, SDB, Commission on Youth Ministry delegate, “Hindi ba youth ministry is journeying? Another word is accompaniment, but this time you want to bring them to the fulfillment of God’s call which is vocation.”

The Salesian youth assembly, which will happen this November 10 in Don Bosco Canlubang, Calamba, Laguna, will have a more intimate and personal setting that is more like “kuwentuhan” or an informal sharing of stories than a one-way giving of input.

“Gusto ng mga bata may makakausap at maging kaibigan sa kanilang paglalakbay, [The kids want someone to talk to and be friends with during their journey]“, Fr. Faldas, who is also the chaplain of the Federation of National Youth Organizations, explained.

Intimate and personal setting

More than 300 youth from all over Luzon will attend the assembly, which will have two main activities, a play about vocations and a group dynamic where a Salesian will head an informal sharing with 5 or more young people.

“Hindi maramihan ang banat. (The tactic is to have a small number.) They really want it to be intimate,” Fr. Faldas added.

After lunch, the groups switch activities so that everyone can share the experience.

The event is organized by the Salesian Commission on Youth, particularly the sector for vocation animation, in coordination with the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco. [Niva’ana Ella Delacruz]

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