Philippines – SYS Module Facilitators Workshop 1: Encountering God in prayer
FMA and Lay Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) Animators, as well as the youth leaders from groups from various FMA communities in Luzon, participated in the Salesian Youth Spirituality (SYS) Module Facilitators’ Workshop 1 held last September 18, 2010 in Don Bosco School Manila.
The said workshop, with prayer as its element in focus, serves as a venue for revisiting and deepening the elements of the Salesian Youth Spirituality. Through experiencing the formation module, the participants are already preparing themselves to facilitate the SYS formation module in their respective local communities later on. This workshop also becomes a meaningful way to prepare the SYM for the much anticipated Salesian Youth Day which will be held in Summer 2011.
These modules on the SYS elements were outputs from the proposed ideas of the SYM Animators and Leaders during the SYM Summer Workshop held in Calapan, Mindoro last April. A group composed of selected FMAs, lay animators and youth leaders formed part of the SYS Module Team, which consolidated these outputs in order to come up with the formation modules appropriate for following level or age groups – Grade 4, Grades 5-6, Grades 7-8 and Grades 9-10.
Participants spent half of the day going through the formation module. This guided them towards strengthening their relationship with Christ through constant prayer, as exemplified by our young Salesian saints, and with Mary, our model in faith and trust in God.
In the afternoon, they were divided into four different interest workshop groups. Facilitators were invited to share their knowledge and expertise on these interests to the participants, to further empower them with skills which can be of help to them as they animate the SYM in their local communities. The Interest Workshop facilitators were Ms. Melanie Santos from the National Secretariat for Youth Apostolate (ECY-NSYA) for the Taizé Prayer; Mr. Jose Calivara from Calapan, Oriental Mindoro, for the Theater Workshop; Mr. Alvin Espejo from Don Bosco Training Center, Tondo, for the Bibliodrama Workshop; and Mr. Lendyl Seva from Malihao, Negros Occidental, for the Digital Arts Workshop.
The entire day has truly been a remarkable day of learning, of friendship, and of encountering God in prayer. As Sr. Celia Tacujan, FMA, said during her welcome remarks, each person present in the workshop is called by God in a special way to share in the mission of making Him known to their fellow youth, and to bring new life to our Salesian Spirituality. Indeed, everyone went home filled with joy and gratitude for the fruitful encounter they have experienced. (Contributed by Lea Dasigan)