Posted by Lana Turvey-Collins
on 23 April 2019
Recently, I joined a couple of hundred young people aged 16 to 20 at the Lasallian Youth Gathering. They came from Pakistan, Australia, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand and the theme of their conference was "One Life, One Commitment, One Heart".
The energy and atmosphere of the gathering was electric one that I wish everyone could have experienced. It was an environment where no matter how you might have been feeling walking into the room, the encounter with the young leaders was transformative.
I left feeling recharged, filled with the spirit of faith, more hope-filled and determined. I am grateful to them and have been reminded of the fact that all of us need to place real responsibility in the hands of young people to not only believe in them, but to trust them and to show this by creating platforms, structures and pathways for them to collaborate in the creation of strategies, making of decisions and implementation of ideas, not just in the areas of youth and young adult ministry, but all areas, works and ministries of Church life.
The Lasallian gathering was a great testament to this already happening in practice, and I personally felt challenged to ensure that the processes toward the Plenary Council which is for the future of the Church follows their lead.