(United States and Canada). The young people of St. Joseph Province of the United States and Canada (SEC) invite English-speaking young people between the ages of 14 and 25, from the different realities of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, to participate in an Interprovincial Meeting towards the 150th anniversary of Foundation of the FMA Institute (1872-2022).
“Boldly transform the world into holiness!” is the slogan of the event, which will connect, via a virtual platform, young people from different continents and countries, to share the experience of the Salesian charism lived in local realities and exchange ideas on how to reach their groups and other young people , even in times of a pandemic.
To encourage participation, various meetings are planned:
- 25 September 2021 for English-speaking youth from the United States, Canada, Europe, and Africa;
- 15 January 2022 for English-speaking youth from the United States, Canada, and Asia.
The Team of Organizers – made up of young people and FMA – is planning a meeting for Spanish-speaking young people, scheduled for May 2022.
To promote the event, the young people of the SEC Province made a video through which, by answering the question: “What does it mean for you to be a Salesian?”, they invite other young people to participate in the Interprovincial Youth Meeting and bring their own experience.
In the 3rd Year of Preparation for the 150th, which has as its theme Plan the future with daring. “Courage! Go ahead with a big, generous heart” (L 47,12), the initiative of the Interprovincial Youth Meeting welcomes the invitation of the Mother General of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Sr. Yvonne Reungoat, to celebrate the significant moments of this journey with young people, lay people, and Groups of the Salesian Family:
“It will be a new outpouring of grace and joy that will be able to infect other young people also by awakening in them the fascination of Jesus who calls them to give fullness to their life (cf. Christus Vivit, nos. 248-277)” (Circular 989).