Synod 2018: UISG answers the questions

Our meeting will take place at UISG, on March 28 from 3 to 6pm.

We invite Superiors and Councillors General; Sisters in charge of Pastoral of Young or other Sisters that you might delegate to represent your Congregation to participate.

Dear sisters,
I hope this message finds you all well. May we enjoy this Lenten season while we pray for the huge need of peace for all people.

We would like to invite you to meet together to reflect and answer as UISG, the Continental questions that Pope Francis asks for in his preparatory document for the Synod “Youth, faith and vocational discernment”, that will take place in October 2018.

Answers need to arrive in the Vatican by October 2017.

We will also invite the UISG members outside Rome to send their contribution by email, in order to gather and send them as UISG by the requested deadline.

Our meeting will take place at UISG, on March 28 from 3 to 6pm. We send you the questions here below, so you can pray and reflect on them beforehand.

We invite Superiors and Councillors General; Sisters in charge of Pastoral of Young or other Sisters that you might delegate to represent your Congregation to participate.

It would be very helpful for us to receive a confirmation of your participation (name of Congregation and number of sisters, preferred language of each): comunicazione@uisg.org

We thank you in advance for your willing to collaborate for the sake of our mission as Women Religious.

Sr. Carmen Sammut
UISG President
Questions:
AFRICA
a. What plans and structures in pastoral vocational care for young people best respond to the needs of your continent?
b. What does “spiritual fatherhood” mean in places where a person grows without a father figure? What formation is offered?
c. How do you communicate to young people that they are needed to build the future of the Church?
AMERICA
a. How does your community care for young people who experience extreme violence (guerrilla warfare, gangs, prison, drug addiction, forced marriages) and accompany them in various ways in their life?
b. What formation is offered to support the engagement of young people in society and civil life, for the common good?
c. In a world which is greatly secularized, what pastoral activities are most effective for continuing the journey of faith after the Sacraments of Christian Initiation?
ASIA AND OCEANIA
a. Why and how do religious gatherings by those who are non-Catholic exercise an attraction on young people?
b. In what way can the values of a local culture be combined with Christian teaching, while also giving importance to popular piety?
c. How is the language used in a young people’s world incorporated in the pastoral care of young people, especially in the media, sports and music?
EUROPE
a. What assistance is offered to young people to look to the future with confidence and hope, beginning with the richness of Christian roots of Europe?
b. Young people often feel sidelined and excluded in the political, economic and social surroundings in which they live. In what way do you take into consideration the feeling to protest so that it can be transformed into participation and collaboration?
c. At what levels do relations between generations still work? If they do not function, how can they be renewed?