Calungsod inspires youth to become missionaries

Organized by the Diocesan Youth Commission, the SPCIY aims to form young people to become “missionaries of the New Evangelization.”

Philippines
Apr 16 2014, 1:46 PM
Calungsod inspires youth to become missionaries
Diocese of Laoag's first "SPICY" batch of young missionaries.

Inspired by San Pedro Calungsod, 68 youth from the Diocese of Laoag last week joined an institute dedicated to the young saint and made commitment to become modern-day missionaries.

“This is our response in order to make young people be involved in the Church,” said Father Lester T. Menor, the diocesan youth director and the director of the Saint Pedro Calungsod Institute for the Young (SPCIY).

Organized by the Diocesan Youth Commission, the SPCIY aims to form young people to become “missionaries of the New Evangelization.”

From April 5 to 8, youth from the different parishes of Laoag diocese attended a series of activities at the Shalom Beach Resort in Puyupuyan, Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte, which included a course on the “Life and Spirituality of Calungsod”; Taizé prayer; catechism on the sacraments; Bible-sharing and Lectio Divina; Youth Ministry and Storytelling were offered to the “young missionaries” as part of their academic formation.

Aside from the formation courses, they were also given the opportunity to live out their learnings. Taizé prayer was held every night as a means to end the day. The young people were given also the chance to share about their life during their practicum for the Storytelling Course.

“We would like to emulate the life and example of Saint Pedro Calungsod, who also gave his life as a young missionary. We are hoping that these young people would also do the same by sharing their talents to their fellow youth,” Father Menor said.

The session concluded on April 8 with a Taizé prayer and the Veneration of the Cross as the young missionaries dedicated themselves to become “apostles of New Evangelization through the life and example of Saint Pedro Calungsod.”

Rommell Sagucio, the diocesan youth coordinator and the institute’s coordinator, said, “We hope that there will be more young people who will be part of the institute next year. We will be introducing new subjects and further formation for those who have gone the institute. This is just the start of it and we hope that San Pedro Calungsod will guide us through in this endeavour.”

Established on October 27, 2012 during the Diocesan Youth Leaders’ Assembly, the SPCIY “serves as a venue for every young person to grow in the ministry, develop their God-given talents and use these talents in reaching out to other young people in any form as new missionaries of the world.”

Source: CBCP News

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