Spiritual Accompaniment of Young People Today
the Praxis and Thought of St John Bosco
Date: 20th January 2018
Time: 10.00 am (Coffee) – 4.00 pm
Venue: De La Salle Pastoral Centre, Castletown
Register: firstname.lastname@example.org before 16th January 2018
Don Bosco was a true spiritual master and companion for the young. He used to say that education is a “matter of the heart” and that one must “open away for God in the youth’s heart not only in church but also in the classroom and workshop”.
Don Bosco believed that it is not so much ‘what we do’ for young people that is important, but rather ‘who we are’ for them. Don Bosco was able to create that youthful environment in which processes of spiritual growth for the young were made possible. He then managed to be that “someone” who could offer direction to each and every young person.
Are young people born Spiritual?
Do young people have a capacity for holiness?
How can we best facilitate young people’s search for meaning?
Don Bosco touched the heart of so many people and managed to offer such spiritual guidance because he believed they had a capacity for holiness.
Fr Louis Grech SDB helps us to reflect on these questions, shares with us his experience and helps us to explore young people’s search for meaning. He is a Salesian priest from Malta who has a vast experience in working with young people. He firmly believes that in the context of contemporary western culture, Don Bosco’s style and praxis of accompaniment is as relevant as ever.