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DBYA-SA ends Council Meeting, pledges to continue the 'Journey' begun!


By Fr. Christy Antony
The Participant Delegates of DBYA-SA Council Meeting at Hyderbad.
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Kolkata, Nov. 4. .     Hyderabad:   Don Bosco Youth Animation - South Asia (DBYA-SA) Council meeting which began on the 31 October at Don Bosco Provincial House, Hyderabad, came to a close here this evening. During the meeting 36 delegates from the 11 provinces of India and Sri Lanka spent the whole four days studying the document ''Salesian Youth Ministry: Frame of Reference''. The four day workshop had begun with the specific objective of taking the whole South Asian region forward ''from the Document to a Journey''.
The meeting was facilitated by the visiting team from Rome comprising of the General Councillor for Youth Ministry Fr. Fabio Attard and his two helpers Frs. Robert Simon and Miguel Angel, and the Regional Councillor for South Asia Fr. Maria Arokiam Kanaga.

As Fr. Attard kept harping on, it was not a functional gathering but an inspirational gathering which is expected to take the inspiration back to the provinces and initiate the same journey in the individual provinces. The speciality of this journey is that the destiny is the journey itself. Two remarkable paradigms insisted upon were ''a Salesian-specific and communitarian approach to youth ministry'' and ''a holistic and reflective approach to youth ministry''.

The discussions, ranging from the theological background to practical projects, from framework to working models, offered a sense of urgency to the movement from the document to a journey. The group discussions in smaller groups and the reporting in the assembly deepened the process and gave a concrete dais from which these ideas can be presented. An added feature, namely a personal study hour after every presentation of the parts from the document, enhanced the process of assimilation and facilitated the emergence of the common vision regarding the whole process.

The final part of the Study Seminar rightly concentrated on the possibilities and initiatives towards dissemination of the Framework in the provinces. The participants came up with concrete suggestions towards dissemination, inspiring each other towards commitment and creativity in presenting this Document as a real frame of reference.

An ultimate inspiring moment was a brainstorming on proposals for four themes for the following years. The proposals that emerged, namely, Salesian Youth Movement, Youth Ministry and Family Ministry, Salesian Response to Youth Issues, Vocation Animation and Aspirantates, are sure to challenge the Region of South Asia for the next four years, as part of the journey begun here.

Thanking the Animating team, the Vice Provincial and Youth Pastoral Delegate of Dimapur Fr. Bosco Perianayagam said that ''the four days were enriching, enlightening, motivating and stimulating''. Those were the very words that emerged from every participant at the end of the study seminar. The process 'From the Document to a Journey' has just begun, hence the seminar ends but the journey continues!
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