Ordained priest 50 years ago (1968), Fr. Victor Bongiovanni, a xaverian missionary has been working in Sierra Leone for 41 years. In this interview, he shares his missionary experience, describing it as “a walking along in life”, a ministry of “accompanying and accompanied by Youth”.
The attention to young people has always been at the center of the ministry of the Church. The future of humanity and of the Church depends on the quality of the youth and what constitutes the population. Therefore, the Church has always stressed the importance of education, formation and training young brothers and sisters in order to build good Christians and citizens. To invest in young people is to invest in the growth of the Church and society. So, what are the fields of youth ministry today? In other words, in today’s world dominated by all sorts of challenges, how can a catholic minister help young people grow and become committed Christians and citizens? The answer to this question will lead us to explore the context in which young people live today, the ministry that is already done and finally some suggestions.
2018 World Day of Vocations
On Good Shepherd Sunday this year, all the Christian communities will celebrate the 55th World Day of Vocations.The message of Pope Francis, entitled “Listening, discerning, living the call of the Lord”, is in line with the forthcoming Synod of Bishops (October 2018), which will be dedicated to young people, especially to the relationship between young people, faith and vocation. This is the good news of this day: at the center of our lives there is the call to joy that God addresses to us. Pope Francis writes: “We are not victims of chance or swept up in a series of unconnected events; on the contrary, our life and our presence in this world are the fruit of a divine vocation! … In the diversity and the uniqueness of each and every vocation, … there is a need to listen, discern and live this word that calls to us from on high and, while enabling us to develop our talents, makes us instruments of salvation in the world and guides us to full happiness”.