Responding to the mission on youths and the call of the Holy Father to the Order to speak on behalf of the youths this coming October in the Synod of Bishops, in participation to all Piairst demarcations, the Piairst Fathers Asia had conducted Synod on Youth last 30-31 of July 2018 at the Calasanz Juniorate House of Studies, New Manila, Quezon City, Philippines. The event was attended by different nationalities from countries where Piairsts are present such as Indonesia, East Timor, South Korea, Vietnam, India (by media conference), and the Philippines. Hence, Japan had their local assembly.

This two-day convention marked another history in the life of the Order as we review, widen, and contextualize the core of our missionary journey with the youths. It gave us the opportunity to listen and understand the space and time where our youths are currently in at the moment. The entire meeting is enhanced by inspirational video clips and group dynamic activities which correspond to answering the theme relating to youth, faith, and vocational discernment. Furthermore, the participants were given the chance to share the realities of their experiences, interactive dialogue and small group brainstorming.

It is evident that this event would not have been possible without the presence of our General Assistant for Asia, Fr. Joszef Urban, Sch.P., Fr. Allan Jay Gavino, Sch.P., Piarist Synod on Youth – Asia coordinator, Piarist priests and seminarians, and the youths to whom we have the reason to exist. May this integral collaboration help each and every religious to live out our charism into the deep by allowing the youths to speak to the Word of God.


Br. Aldrin Carlo Pérez


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