At the end of April, a meeting entitled “Creating a Home” was held at the provincial house of the Daughters of Charity in Italy, taking as a reference the message of the 61st World Day of Prayer for Vocations, which was celebrated on April 21, 2024. 

Vincentian Youth Pastoral 3

On April 24th and 25th, missionaries and Daughters of Charity engaged in the Vincentian Youth Vocation Ministry (PGV)  in various ways, gathering at the provincial house of the Daughters of Charity of Italy for a meeting entitled “Creating a Home”, taking as a reference the 61st World Day of Prayer for Vocations, celebrated on April 21, 2024.

Five missionaries and 13 Daughters of Charity participated. Mariarosaria, Visitatrix of the Daughters of Charity of Italy, and the Visitor of the Province of Italy, Father Valerio Di Trapani, were present at different times.

The audacity to dream

The meeting took place in an atmosphere of fraternity and prayer: on Wednesday evening, the 24th, they dared to “dream” together before God as a welcoming community that knows how to become a “home” for those they meet throughout their lives, with special consideration of the young and the poor.

Afterward, they were able to dine on typical regional specialties and the evening was filled with games and dances that created the ideal atmosphere to begin the work of the following day.

Exploring new perspectives

Starting from an evaluation of the road traveled in the last two years, they redefined methods and instruments to grow in a greater synergy of the paths to be incarnated in the richness of the different realities of the PGV and to be able to carry out a common formation.

In the afternoon, they visited the Baptistery of St. John Lateran and the excavations of the Basilica of St. Clement.

After dinner, they met again to plan and finalize the PGV for the year 2024-2025 in view of the Jubilee to be celebrated in 2025. They also decided on the dates of the PGV meetings and the regional and national retreats.

In the end, they divided into small subcommittees to facilitate the work and meetings.

The joy of vocation

Young people, the poor, and the Vincentian charism were the framework that inspired this celebration. Days of interior renewal and fraternity, in which they were able to discover in the fraternity and in the charism the necessary aid to follow Christ, evangelizer of the poor. 

Let us entrust to St. Vincent and to the Miraculous Medal the fruits of this meeting, asking that there may be many young people willing to dedicate their lives to serve the most needy following the Vincentian spirit.

Thus concluded this beautiful meeting where we were able to strengthen our relationships and dream together, enlivening in us the desire to “create a home.” May our audacity in dreaming and responding to God’s call bring light and hope to the world, thus perpetuating the legacy of St. Vincent de Paul in serving humanity with humility and dedication.

P. Rrok Shporaj, CM