Saturday, March 14, 2009

Salesians to hold Youth Ministry conference in May

Here's one good read from the website of the Bishops Conference of the Philippines.If you wish to know more about the conference, please visit the JP2 site.

See you next month!

MANILA, March 14, 2009─The Salesians of Don Bosco Philippines North Province will hold its 5th John Paul II Catechetics-Youth Ministry Conference on May 6-8, at Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati City.

The conference is a three-day contemplation and workshop on the spirituality of catechists and youth ministers.

It will focus on the teachings of the Word of God and the life and writings of St. Paul.

Fr. Conegundo Garganta, Executive Secretary of the Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY), said the CBCP commission will assist the Salesians of Don Bosco during the conference.

“They asked this office to help them facilitate [the] prayer [sessions]. Those are the things they asked us to assist them during the run of the program” Garganta explained.

Garganta also said they are helping the Salesians of Don Bosco in advertising the event.

“We are collaborators because we promote the program also to other youth ministry groups, youth ministers, and youth leaders” he said.

Resource speakers will lead the participants in rejuvenating their spirits.

“Catechists’ & Youth Ministers’ Spirituality: Grounded on the Word of God” will be the topic of the talk on May 6 by Rev. Fr. Stephen Placente, SDB, Professor on Sacred Scriptures at Don Bosco Center of Studies.

Sr. Bernardita Dianzon, FSP, a Professor on Pauline Letters at Loyola School of Theology, will give a lecture on the subject “Like Paul, Catechists and Youth Ministers Make the Word of God their Own” on May 7.

Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, DD, Auxiliary Bishop of Manila and Professor on Sacred Scripture will broaden the knowledge of participants through his topic "Leading the Youth to love and share the Word of God and to live in the Spirit" which is scheduled on May 8.

Meanwhile, ECY will also facilitate some of the conference’s workshops.

The orientation about the prayer and community life of the youth with the Brothers from Taize and the discussion on helpful pastoral care for the youth will be spearheaded by the commission.

KA-LAKBAY, a directory for Catholic Filipino Youth Ministry of the ECY, will be used as guide to the talk on pastoral care for the youth.

The three-day conference will begin with a Eucharistic celebration on May 6 by Most Rev. Leopoldo Jaucian, SVD, DD, Bishop of Bangued, while Bishop Antonio Tagle, DD of Imus, Cavite will preside the mass on the second day, May 7.

His Excellency Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, DD, Archbishop of Manila, will be the presider of the closing Eucharistic celebration on May 8. (Kate Laceda)