European Youth Team Meeting
29 - 31 October 2016 in Rome
It was a great pleasure that we could take part in the Meeting for Youth Responsibles in Rome. On the one hand we got a lot of useful tips and hints that we can apply in practice during our team work; and on the other hand we also had a chance to recharge our spiritual batteries. It was a great opportunity to get to know the Youth Responsibles from other countries and share our successes, ideas, difficulties, struggles, and we encouraged each other, too.
However, the most inspiring element of the meeting was to experience that Emmanuel Community and the Catholic Church are the same everywhere in the world; regardless where we are coming from, we are all brothers and sisters. It was awesome to witness this unity.
Tímea and Lóránt, Hungary
What and why?
Testimonies of youth participants
The youth leaders of the zone Europe met the last weekend of October 2016 in Rome. There were around 45 leaders and team members gathered from 14 provinces (just a few were missing).
Intensive program consisted of talks, worskhops and presentations.
The first day of the meeting was concentrated on the formation of the teams: youth pastoral, youth events, realtionships in the team, key elements in youth service.
The teams took some time to evaluate present situation and their vision for future to undertake concrete steps for the coming months.
The second day opened the horizon towards the situation in the European continent. Our wonderful guests: Otto Neubauer and Franz Kinsky went back to the roots of the reconstruction of Europe after the WWII and underlined the Christian role in keeping Europe united in diversity. After having prayed the Angelus with Pope Francis on St. Peter's Square we visited the Centro San Lorenzo where we celebrated the Eucharist. We spent the afternoon at the Trinita Dei Monti, on the top of Spanish Stairs, where Emmanuel Community is present since this year. We could see the place, the Emmanuel School of Mission and participate in 2 of 3 workshops about the liturgy, team management and European situation.
The third day was shorter but not less important. Marguerite Chevreul - professional coacher - talked about the important elements of working in the teams.
We took two evenings to listen to the presentations of the teams and their service. It was very enriching. We got to know many countries and nationalities in different situations but still with the same fire in heart for serving the youth and meeting them openly. That allowed us not to be foreigners anymore but to get into deeper relation than just email address or Facebook profile picture. Together we can more!
One more event is worth mentioning: Sunday evening was somewhat special because 4 young team members made their 1st step in the Community. God bless you all!