The Glorious Meeting of Dominican Youths

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The experience of a living faith in the concrete reality of the Church in Colombia served as the horizon for the meeting which had as its central theme "MUISCA: It is I in person" in reference to one of the indigenous groups that historically inhabited the geographical location known as Colombia. It is also in recognition of the fact that the human person in his integral values and worldview is a guiding testimony to the Dominican youths of Colombia and the entire world.

With this in mind, about 200 youths gathered from all over Colombia and indeed from different parts of the world to celebrate their faith. They were accompanied by the Master of the Order, fr Bruno Cadoré, some brothers from the general curia; fr Gabriel Samba (Socius for Africa) and fr Carlos Rodrigues Linera (General Promoter for Justice and Peace) and members of the International Commission of IDYM; Sr Ginevra Maria Rossi (Secretary General), Sr Cecilia Tonde  and fr Wojciech Delik. The Dominican family in Colombia were also fully represented. They fully supported the meeting from its conception to its actualization and conclusion. The meeting was held at St Albert the Great Campus of St Thomas University, a place of study in the beautiful and exotic plains of Bogota.

In his address to the youths, the Master of the Order reminded them that although IDYM is a small group, it must remain a focal point of true friendship, compassion, faith, hope and truth that must accompany the world in its development. With reference to the new encyclical of Pope France, Lumen Fedei, fr Bruno told the youths that they must establish small groups that will reflect the light and joy of faith. Jesus is the source of light and joy and there are great expectations for this light and joy in many parts of the world. We must therefore bear witness to the light and joy of Christ. The Mission of IDYM is to evangelize and evangelization is to encounter Jesus and to present him to the world as a true friend. The encounter with Jesus is achieved in the Word of God because Jesus is the Word of God. 

During their deliberations, the youths took a critical look at their existence as youths and particularly as Dominican Youths, the main projects of the Order and their responsibilities. They also examined their rule in the current dynamics of the Universal Church and the local Churches where they find themselves.

The meeting gave the youths the opportunity to live the fundamentals of the Dominican Life by praying, studying, sharing fraternal life and preaching together. They visited and shared in the apostolates of the Dominican family in Colombia especially the teaching apostolates and the apostolates to the poor and needy.  They   also had the privilege to visit the National Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Chiquinquirá.

At the end of the gathering, a greater understanding of the ever increasing responsibilities of young people in the life of the Order was evident among the youths. As people who embody the Word in the Dominican way, the youths were able to find new hopes in the future, a future in which the actions of God will be present to transform their realities.

“Now, I understand that I have other brothers and sisters who are doing other things in other places, but we are all together fashioning a way to build a faith community…, with all our problems and dreams”, the testimony of Andrea, one of the participants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fray Jorge Ferdinando Rodriguez Ruiz, OP,
Province of San Luis Bertran de Colombia
Translated from the Spanish
(18 July 2013)