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The vocation camp with a difference

13/09/2006: Sri Lanka

Our vocation camp for the year 2006 was duly held at the Marist Aspirancy Home in Negombo from 25th to 27th August. There were participants from places such as Kaluthara, Moratuwa, Ja-ela, Bopitiya, Seeduwa, Negombo, Wennappuwa, Bingiriya and Kalpitiya.

The theme of the camp was “ Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked to us on the road.” (Lk. 24:32a)

This year our Lay Partners took a positive step forward to support the Brothers in charge of the camp and guide the students in many a useful way. (Lk. 24:32a)
Some of them stayed the whole time where as others joined the camp whenever possible.

On 25th evening at 6.00p.m the camp started with a short prayer service. It was followed by an activity where the participants could get to know each other. Mr. Jeffrey a teacher from Maris Stella College animated this session. By 7.30p.m the students had their supper. By 8.30p.m again they had another session in knowing one another. After that they all had some selected psychological tests where they could reveal their inner selves.

Then the objectives and the expectations of the camp was explained to students along with the time table that they had to follow Our senior novices, Udara, Robinston and Ben were there round the clock to supervise the boys till they retired and they attended to all other odd needs of the students. The boys liked their company very much.

Mr. Neil a teacher from Holy Cross College with Robinston made the students undergo some physical exercises on Saturday Morning. After a cup of coffee Brother Sandalal and Miss Thushari (from Maris Stella College) conducted a beautiful meditation in the serene atmosphere of the morning hour.

The Holy Eucharist followed it where students had time to pray for their future vocation.
The rest of the time was limited for Interviews and competency evaluation for languages. Brothers Chinthana, Sandalal, Nicholas and Joseph Peiris interviewed each student on selected areas such as Motivation, family background, mental capacity, prayer life and spirituality. Mr. Neil checked the physical fitness and the health history of each student. Mr.Geffery tested the English language ability and Miss Thushari evaluated the competency for Sinhala language of every participant. .

In the evening the students had time for manual labour and games and the novices and teachers closely supervised them.

That evening they had lectures on
1. Vocation in the Bible
2. The difference between Religious Life and Priesthood,
3. Marcellin Chamapagnat and the first Marist Brothers
4. Marist Brothers in the World.

Brother Michael De Waas, the Provincial Superior paid a visit to the boys and enlightened them as to how they should proceed along their long journey to Brotherhood. Brothers Sandalal, Roshan, Joseph Peiris were the lecturers.

On Sunday morning after the meaningful liturgical service there was an interesting panel discussion. Brothers Sandalal, Godfrey,Joseph , Roshan , Ben and Mrs Lumin Fernando took part in the discussion. Each shared their life story and the challenges they face in their different vocations. It was very creative and the students had a lot of questions to ask.

Then it was the time for evaluation and the preparation of the future action plan. It was followed by lunch. After lunch the students dispersed away happily.

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