Cochabamba (Bolivia). On 22 and 23 August 2020, the Virtual Seminar “Something new is being born (Is. 43.19) – Current scenarios and impact on Bolivian youth reality” was held, organized by the Bolivian Province of Our Lady of Peace (BOL).
The Bolivian Province in view of the 150° anniversary of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, took on the task – proposed by the Councilor for Youth Ministry, Sister Runita Borja, and the Dean of the Pontifical Faculty of the Science of Education «Auxilium», Sr. Piera Ruffinatto – to study the theme of Education, in order to promote the awareness of the laity, institutions, experts on the reality of youth, creating an FMA team coordinated by the Provincial Councilor Sr. Arminda Suarez.
After working for several months in contact with experts in the field, the idea of the Virtual Seminar was born to create a comparison and offer contributions to research, which took place on the afternoons of 22 and 23 August 2020, through the Facebook Page of the BOL Province .
The Provincial, Sr. Lucila Guerra Mendoza, opened the Seminar by welcoming the speakers, guests, and participants and explaining the aims of the two days. The moderator, Sister Cristina Enriquez, gave the word and guided the contributions of the experts from different points of view: political, social, psychological, sociological, etc. In addition to the speakers, the ex-Provincial, Sr. Edith Franco; the Provincial of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Bolivia, Fr Juan Pablo Zabala; the ex-Provincial, Fr Javier Ortiz; and Monsignor Fernando Bascopé, SDB were present.
The last day ended with the song “Oh qual sorte”, sung online by the participating FMA, as a sign of the common commitment to the education of young people. The provincial work team will undertake to collect the various contributions of the Seminar and the challenges that have emerged to contribute to the reflection of the Institute in view of the 150th anniversary.