About 400 young people from Vincentian parishes across the country gathered on April 23, for a weeklong congress at the Santuario of San Vicente de Paul parish to learn about, share experiences of, and strengthen vocation.
“The objective of the congress is to allow bonding of the young people from the different Vincentian parishes and learn as well as deepen their understanding of their vocation in the church and their own specific charism as Vincentians,” said Fr. Roland Tuazon, Santuario de Vicente de Paul parish priest.
He said the occasion is an opportunity for young people to share their experiences, learn further, and grow in their vocation journey.
‘Community of faith’
The gathering offers a chance for the young to “…relate more meaningfully and deeply with one another to be able to understand that the Christian journey is not a journey of one person only, but with the community of faith,” the priest explained.
The young should grow more in faith as Christians and understand that being in community, Tuazon said, they have to support each other.
The gathering should be able to help the young “follow Jesus in the most faithful, dynamic, lively, and joyful way,” he added. “The best way to do that is for them to see themselves as instruments of God’s compassion and love for people.”
He also emphasized the importance of emotional and spiritual education.
The real measurement of a person’s total human development is not about developing one’s talents or skills only but also one’s heart to love other people, Tuazon said.
Delegates from Japan, Thailand
The scheduled activities during the congress, which is convened every other year, include talks, workshops, and sharing about growth in the Christian life.
This year mission areas in Japan and Thailand will be participating in the said event, sending 4 representatives each.
The Santuario of Saint Vincent de Paul parish in Tandang Sora Ave., Quezon City is also a shrine.