IMBISA hosts an inspiring post-synod workshop for young people
March 14, 2019
IMBISA (Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa) hosted a very successful workshop for young people on the final document of the last Synod of Bishops on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment in Johannesburg on the 5-8th March 2019.
The workshop was facilitated by Mr. Mike
Greef, an associate of the Marist Brothers. Those present among the youth
included Josias from Lesotho, Petrina from Namibia, Felippe from Mozambique,
Koketso representing Botswana, ESwatini and South Africa and Tendai from
Zimbabwe. The young people were challenged to make concrete plans for their
Episcopal Conferences so that the Synod may become alive in their own communities
and indeed the whole region.
The discussions on the document revealed
the hunger for young people to have constant contact and communication among
themselves. The idea of having a large gathering of youth, akin to World Youth
Days, was mooted as a forum for faith sharing in the region. Catch phrases
were: “We want an IMBISA Youth Day” or “We want an IMBISA Youth working group.”
Bishop Sephamola Mopeli OMI of Qasha’s
Neck in Lesotho, who is responsible for the Pastoral Department of IMBISA, was
quietly following all the discussions at the workshop. At the end of the
workshop he expressed his desire that the Synod on young people may become a
true flame of hope in the communities where young people find themselves. He
also expressed his joy at seeing young and intelligent Catholics showing
interest in such an important activity of the Church.
It is worth mentioning that IMBISA had
already, last July, hosted a Pre-Synod workshop for Bishops, Priests and young
people. Moreover, some of the young people had themselves attended the
Pre-Synod meeting in Rome which took place in March 2018 and the one organised
by IMBISA, being present in the Synod itself as well as attending the last
World Youth Day in Panama. As such it can be observed that some young people
have a lot of experience working in the Church. It is hoped that this great
energy and enthusiasm can be used profitably for the advancement of the mission
of the Church.
The young people were also led through a
reflection on Laudato Sì so that they
may be protagonists in the care for our common home.
Fr. Dumisani Vilakati IMBISA Pastoral Department 14 March 2019