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24 novembre 2017




The 13th General Assembly of the Salesian Youth Movement of Europe (SYM)

Date:  17 to 19 November.

Venue: Savio House in Bollington, Great Britain.

Theme: Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment


SYM Europe General Assembly, 2017 was participated by 55 representatives from 14 European countries.

For many of the participants, it was an occasion to meet again following the experience of last summer’s European and Middle East CONFRONTO 2017, at the places of Don Bosco and Madre Mazzarello, 11-16, August at Colle Don Bosco. A first part of this meeting was, devoted to listening to the testimonies of the few participants and animators of 2017 CONFRONTO, and  the evaluation of the same, one of the  milestones of SYM Europe journey. From the sharing of the participants it was a life time experience and worth continuing such journey together as SYM Europe; the shared wish was to facilitate the exchange of SYM experiences between European countries wherever possible, especially within the same region to continue. As for the whole European and Middle East CONFRONTO it was proposed to have at the regular period of 4 or 5 years.

Fr Fabio Attard, Counsellor for  Salesian Youth Ministry, took the formative session and guided the reflection on the theme Youth, Faith and the Vocational Discernment on November 18, preparing the participants towards the same theme on the Synod of Bishops, “Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment”, scheduled to be held at the Vatican from 3 to 28 October 2018. Fr. Fabio Attard illustrated the structure and fundamental points of the Synod’s Preparatory Document, especially its second part which is devoted to vocational discernment. On the same theme, the participants had time for personal reflection and the sharing of the same in groups.

The “Small Team” – the coordinating team of SYM Europe – presented the various stages leading to the Synod, and invited all national coordinating teams to begin reaching out to all young people, including those of different faiths and those who are outside the paths of faith.

The next General Assembly for SYM Europe representatives will be held at Brussels, the FMA House France-Belgium South Province from 23 to 25 November 2018.




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