Last week (before I went to Rome!) was our second gathering of youth ministry teams of the academic year. We were 24 volunteers belonging to seven different projects attached to youth ministry office. This time Fr Martin Coyle was unable to make the meeting (some excuse called the General Chapter) and his presence among the young volunteers was greatly missed.
We were joined for the weekend by Angel Gudina, a Salesian lay animator from Spain and a member of Don Bosco Youth Net. He spoke to us about all the opportunities there were for young volunteers to teach English over the summer in a variety of Salesian Camps around Spain.
After this we had a lesson from Chris Knowles on how to use our new 'Pogoplug'. This technology set up in the Media Office will allow us to share our work with one another. It was a difficult task keep everyone in order while trying to search for Wifi at Savio House!
The rest of the weekend went more smoothly as people moved into their own project/task groups to work. There is a new camp being piloted this year for age 16+ called "Faith in Action" so we look forward to that in August. Easter retreat, Phoenix, Greenbelt, DBYN, Youth Advisory team and Bova were all represented and at the end of the day there was the satisfaction of preparation taking shape into some great events.
The evening saw us as usual getting together for a time of friendship and fun, always punctuated by the Belgium folk dance which seems to have become our signature tune. We are very good at it though it has to be said!
I just end with a big thank you to all those involved in Salesian Youth Ministry I know that it takes up so much more than these few weekends we spend together. I always look forward to the meetings and of course the events we have planned for the young people.
There are so many opportunities in YM both here and in Europe if you are interested to know more or would like to donate money for our camps please email firstname.lastname@example.org