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Youth Ministry Diploma 2013

10/09/2013: Mexico

Different people from parishes and religious congregations – coming from 19 cities of Mexico located in both Mexican Marist Provinces – gathered in Queretaro from July 8 to 12 for another week-long session of the Youth Ministry Diploma promoted by the Marist Province of Central Mexico and the Marist University of Queretaro. As disciples of Jesus, we tried to help the youth ministry agents develop their understanding of the situation young people are living in their social context, in order to foster the agents’ leadership as evangelizers in the Church, with a nuanced approach to pastoral work.

At the beginning of the week, the participants were welcomed with a message expressing gratitude for the life and hope they generate, and for their interest in acquiring new tools that will benefit the children and young people they are sharing with, improving the evangelization work today.

This week of study and reflection included the subjects of Human Development, Spirituality, Youth Contexts, Pedagogy, Creativity, Jesus and the Kingdom, Accompaniment, and Pastoral Planning. There was an extraordinary team of brothers and lay people at the service of the participants – mainly young people and teachers – offering meaningful tools and experiences.

As the days passed, the group gradually became a community: socializing, prayer, and reflection went beyond the classroom, and included volleyball matches, board game evenings, plus singing, painting and dancing together at the so-called Meeting Space. We constructed fraternity with a Marist Flavor. This year 26 students – young people, and teachers who are animating children and youth groups – completed their Diploma.

At the end of the week, there was a final message to the group thanking them for the community experience: through family spirit, hard work, and the responsibility of each participant, human and spiritual growth became possible for everyone, and the bonds of friendship among the Youth Ministry agents were strengthened.

In a touching ceremony, the young participants gave a special blessing to Brother Miguel Ángel Espinosa Barrera (friendly nicknamed Maeb), who in a few days’ time will begin his new ministry at the service of the Institute’s Mission Secretariat.

Carlos Ulises Centeno López
Provincial Coordinator of Youth Ministry
México Central

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