Focus on Salesian Youth Spirituality


THE Salesian Youth, Wantok Bosco opened on June 8 with participants from Don Bosco Technological School (DBTS) and Technological Institute (DBTI), Don Bosco Araimiri, Mary Help of Christian Parish and 300 Youth for Mary.
The gathering was held at DBTI in Port Moresby.
Many were first time campers while others were involved in the previous camp.
Motivating most of them was the thought of learning as much as they could from the camp and then having the chance to share what they learnt in their own settings.
Jessa dela Pena, assistant to the youth ministry delegate, began the camp with a dance while Rica Lavilla, Salesian cooperator delegate led the participants in a pilgrim’s dance.
After a welcome by the DBTI’s Fr Alex Garces, Fr Alfred Maravilla sdb challenged the campers to apply the Salesian Youth Spirituality (SYS) in their own youth groups.
He urged participants on the effectiveness of the Salesian Youth Spirituality as a path to holiness using young saints and martyrs who had led virtuous and even heroic lives as examples.
Participants were put in groups which had to go through the five stations – the five elements of the Salesian Youth Spirituality.
Teacher-facilitators accompanied the groups in their community journey through the SYS experience, deepening the experience and processing their reflection.
The campers were able to share their stories in their small groups and towards the end of the day, they shared with the rest of the campers.
The highlight of the night was the Taize Prayer and the chance to renew their friendship with Jesus through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The event ended on June 9.

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