IPIL, Zamboanga del Sur, June 5, 2013—In a recently-concluded basic catechetical formation for young people, a Catholic bishop reminded the youth that they can become good catechists also.

In his homily for the culmination of the Ipil Basic Catechetical Formation for Youth last May 31, Ipil Bishop Julius Tonel stressed the need for young people to be educated on catechism for them to become catechists themselves.

Tonel challenged the young catechists to serve their fellow youth by educating them about the faith and the Church.

“As young catechists, you must serve others and do your best like the Blessed Virgin Mary who visited her cousin Elizabeth, spreading the good news. The joy of bringing the good news to other people, mostly to the young is our basic task,” Tonel added.

Fr. Ian Conturno, the diocesan chancellor, thanked the Catechetical Foundation of the Archdiocese of Manila (CFAM) for extending their effort and imparting their knowledge and expertise in forming the youth as young catechists.

Forty-three young people received their certificates after completing a week of formation.

A sending off ceremony for the youth catechists was held at the St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral after the mass where they received blessing from the bishop and committed themselves to become good catechists.

A short program and simple thanksgiving meal followed at the Pastoral Formation Hall of the Cathedral.

The five-day event, held from May 27 to 31 had plenary sessions, talks, workshops, and prayers. (Jandel Posion)