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“I cannot see a child without telling him how much Jesus loves him”



4th Youth Pastoral Continental Congress

21/09/2010: Guatemala

Under the motto: “I cannot see a child without telling him how much Jesus loves him”, eleven Provinces got together in Guatemala and the district of Paraguay in order to participate in the 4th Youth Pastoral Continental Congress. For three days, previous to the Youth Pastoral Coordinators Congress, there were two parallel meetings, on one hand reflecting on what has been going on in the American Provinces since 2004 with the REMAR renovation process and how this effort has resulted in new ways to generate youth work processes, some of them very well designed and structured and some others which are on its way of consolidation, but always realizing the concern of being preachers among the young. On the other hand, a meeting about the new Youth Pastoral sceneries. It has been a table where those experiences where the young who live in poverty and social vulnerability have been shared. It has also been a space which has allowed: the listening to the young and “feeling” the human growth they have had, to expand new young work horizons and cause the reflection that it is possible to share efforts in the Marist mission. The Youth Pastoral and Solidarity Continental Sub commissions have been in charge of coordinating the work that has been done these days. During the Youth Marist Pastoral Coordinators Congress the reflection on the provincial, national or local youth pastoral coordination’s role has been impelled and Brother Alfonso Murad from Brazil enlighten some days with the topic about Youth Pastoral Management and Mystic of its Animation, where it was discussed how Pastoral Management tries to accomplish efficiently the Mission and that it is a human process so it is a competence to coordinate processes and to animate people with leadership to announce Jesus Christ. Socorro Álvarez, from Central Mexico, was also there. She helped with experience a personal encounter, to share a sight and to dare to see our own eyes. To be able to get back our Youth Pastoral history of life has been a significant moment and to see how on the youth pastoral attendant’s personal process it is important to take care of the person and to realize how this daily life of ours is important; be able to see sources of personal and spiritual nourishing in our collegues. In behalf of the Youth Pastoral Sub Commission, Brother Miguel Ángel Espinosa Barrera shared the work done during the last two years, the summary of the consultations, the state of the Provincial Coordinations, and the communication report. In behalf of the Institute, Brother Joa Carlos do Prado thanked everybody for participating and gave a diploma to every member of the Sub Commission that finished their period. He also thanked Claudia González from Santa María de los Andes Province and to Ulises Centeno from central Mexico Province, and Brother Luiz André da Silva from Central North Brazil Province, who are members of the new Youth Pastoral Sub Commission with Brother Jun Ignacio Fuentes from Cruz del Sur Province for the service with the animation that they will provide to benefit children and young people in the American Continent.

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