One of the outreach exercises was to ask people the question. what do I need to do before I die? It was a question that provoked a different way of thinking about the many choices we have to make. One seven year old girl came up to the board and wrote her name and then, after a pause, wrote that she wanted to be with her family who are now scattered with both parents and children separated. Other wrote about visiting family, travelling, learning new skills, changing jobs. learning languages and so on.
The tasters also involved reflecting on the way our choices come from within us and from around us reflecting on people like Florence Nightingale, Mother Teresa, Sean Devereux and many others who made significant choices and changed their lives.
The idea of a bucket list was also explored with music and some hard statistics about how much of life has already gone. There was also a chance to explore some gifts and to learn how to test a dream for the future. These are some of the skills that Signposts wants to develop so that we can help to create the culture of vocation that Pope John Paul II called for in this new millennium.
Bro Joe Tran
Fr Alex Mulongo
Bro Gregory Echegwo
Fr David O'Malley
Chee Yang Shek
This was a pilot opportunity for new material that is being adopted by the National Vocations Office for a new Diocesan pattern of vocation animation.