September 25-27, 2016
From 25 to 27 November 2016 the Twelfth General Assembly of the Salesian Youth Movement of Europe took place at the house of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians at Bled in Slovenia. The assembly was also the occasion of the launch of the new website of the Continental Movement – http://new.symeurope.eu/ – and of the vote for the winner of the contest for the official Hymn of SYM Europe, which proved to be “You are in me Don Bosco”, from the SYM in Southern Italy.
The event was attended by 49 delegates, including SYM members, Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, from 15 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.
The meeting is held annually. The coordinating team “Small Team SYM Europe” put at the centre of the agenda the work for the preparation of the Confronto, 2017 SYM Europe which will be held at Turin from 11 to 16 August 2017. Confronto 2017 is targeting around 300 young people. The participants will reflect and deepen on the theme “Agents of Don Bosco’s Vision, Passion and Mission” in the places of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello.
Starting from the inspiration of those places they will be able to reflect on the identity and spirituality of the Salesian Youth Movement, and at the same time reflect on the apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” of Pope Francis an invitation to the whole Church on the Joy of Love. The Strenna of Recor Major’s for 2017 “We are family! Each house a school of Life and Love” is also in line with the invitation of Holy Father Pope Francis. The history of the families of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello, their call to create a family environment and family spirit for young people, will inspire the participants in their reflection and guide them in discernment for a renewed commitment on their return home.
The beliefs and the decisions which these young people will share can indeed mature on a personal level and lead to important choices in life, and in social terms, the construction of a new Europe, fraternal and united.
The next General Assembly of SYM Europe will be held in England at the Savio House Bolling, from 17 to 19 November 2017 .
A first recording of the song “You are in me Don Bosco” can be listened to on the YouTube channel of SYM Europe; the text is included in the video description.