Meeting of the Redemptorist Youth Ministry of Europe

In this time of pandemic, we are deprived of personal encounter. In all our Redemptorist communities we are suffering the difficulty of not being able to live the faith in community, but there are also many initiatives that help us to continue the path of Hope that Jesus proposes to us in the Gospel.

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On Saturday, December 5th, delegates of the Redemptorist Youth & Vocational Ministry (RYVM) from the (V)Provinces that are part of the Redemptorist Conference of Europe met. It was an on-line meeting, and perhaps for this reason 37 young people and religious from all over the continent were able to participate.

The meeting began with a greeting and prayer, prepared by Brendan Dineen (Dublin Province), member of the Conference RYVM commission. Then the Europe’s Coordinator, Fr. Johannes Römelt, thanked everyone for their participation, in addition to highlighting the effort of the commission that was preparing the European Redemptorists Youth Meeting in Bratislava. An effort that will be collected by the new leaders of this meeting, which will be in Torun (Poland) in 2022.

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The different units offered a testimony of their work throughout the pastoral year. Fr Pedro López, general consultor, recalled that the PJVR is a priority for the entire Congregation in his intervention.

One of the central points of the on-line meeting was the preparation of the European Youth Meeting in Torun 2022. Previously, young people will be able to make a journey towards the meeting through 5 preparatory catechesis. Details such as the program, events and celebrations were also discussed, as well as details of organization and logistics. In the dialogue, participants highlighted the idea of facilitating cultural exchange among young people.

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The second central point of this meeting was the invitation to an online meeting for young people from Europe in spring: “Hope in time of crisis”. It will be in March 2021, and will offer a time of prayer, reflection, and the opportunity to dialogue in language groups. Participants will have to register online, and it is expected that there will be 10 young people for each province.

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