20 April 2019

On March 29, 30 and 31, we met together the youth coordinators of the countries: Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Chile; between religious and lay of the different branches of the Claretian family: Religious of Mary Immaculate Claretian Missionary Sisters, Missionary Sisters of Saint Anthony Mary Claret, Missionary Sisters of the Claretian Institute and Claretian Missionaries. Sisters from our congregation who participated: Judith Vicentín, María Gilma Gómez Ramírez, Sandy Veliz Huaraccallo and Florencia Manarín, jouth coordinators of the Mendoza school.

Between spaces of prayer, work and fraternal sharing, we started the synodal path.

On the first day of the meeting, we dedicated ourselves to get to know each other and share about the common and different aspects of our charisma in each branch of the Claretian family and about our journey at the level of Vocational Youth Ministry by sharing the VYM projects that each congregation or branch currently has.

In a second moment, the challenge of holding a synodal meeting with and for young people was raised.

This meeting seeks to respond to the synod convened by Pope Francis last year, to the “synod” held at the WYD + CF in Panama in January of this year and to the commitment assumed by those of us who participated in the formation of youth and vocations ministry in Rome.

The main objective of this meeting will be to hear the cries of young people: What do young Claretians look for? What do they expect from the Claretian family? What do they ask to the Claretian family? What could be improved? What can we do to contain the young people who are not with us who do not come to the church? …

This listening will allow us to pose lines of action together with young people, giving them the prominence that the young Church needs.

It is expected that this synodal meeting will have a call for 150 young participants among referents and young people who will be the voice of their communities.

We count on your prayers so that this meeting can bear good results.

                                                                                                                     Sandy rmi

During these days, the text “María Antonia París, friend and companion in the journey” is being distributed.