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“The Commission on Vocations and Youth organize workshops on ways to promote religious life in countries still rich in popular religiosity yet dealing with violence, consumerism and individualism all the while striving for more justice and peace.”    (Fr Bernard Holzer aa, APAC President.)

The eleventh triennial APAC Convention of February 2012 proposed: That the Vocation and Youth Commission shall continue with a vocation promotion event and the vocation jamborees, and coordinate with the Executive Council to work for the youth program.

The commission was designed to promote collaboration and strengthen partnership in vocations promotion among Congregations/Orders belonging to APAC specifically, and to the Augustinian family in general. There were three major types of activity undertaken during the past four years.

Firstly, there were Augustinian vocation jamborees. For each of the last four years (2008-2011) the Commission has organized an Augustinian Vocation Jamboree in Cebu City that gathered from 1,000 to 2,500 young people for an overnight vocation activity from our schools, parishes, dormitories conducted by various Augustinian Congregations/Orders (OSA, OAD, OAR, AA Brothers and Priests, and ASOLC, AR, DIVINE LOVE Sisters).

Secondly, there was an Asia-Pacific Regional Congress for Vocation Promoters. In a collaboration between this APAC Commission, OSAAP and the OSA International Commission for Vocation Promotion, the first Asia-Pacific Augustinian Congress for Vocations took place on 1st-4th October 20O9 at Santo Nino Spirituality Center, Consolacion, Cebu. Its theme was: Promotion of the Culture of Vocation in the Asia-Pacific Region. The four-day encounter attracted seventy-two participants coming from different countries in the world.

Thirdly, another activity involving the synergy of the three APAC commissions was a concrete manifestation of the sustained desire and determination to collaborate and partner with each other. This was the Asia-Pacific Congress on Youth, Vocation Promotion and Justice and Peace, which bore the theme: Augustinians - Witnesses of Hope in our World Today.Congress for Vocation Promoters. In a collaboration between this APAC Commission, OSAAP and the OSA International Commission for Vocation Promotion, the first Asia-Pacific Augustinian Congress for Vocations took place on 1st-4th October 2009 at Santo Nino Spirituality Center, Consolacion, Cebu. Its theme was: Promotion of the Culture of Vocation in the Asia-Pacific Region. The four-day encounter attracted seventy-two participants coming from different countries in the world.

This Congress occurred on 26th-30th October 2011 at Santo Nino Spirituality Center, Consolacion, Cebu. The twenty-nine participants were updated on some challenges in dealing with the youth of today and how to promote vocations effectively in the context of a society that is searching for justice and peace. This four-day congress ended at fourth Augustinian Vocation Jamboree held at the Basilica del Santo Nino Pilgrim Center.

 This report of January 2012 has been slightly abbreviated for the APAC website.

 

VOCATION AND YOUTH COMMISSION 2012 - 2014

Proposal 3 of the APAC Convention of 2012 stated: “That the Vocation and Youth Commission shall continue with a vocation promotion event and the vocation jamborees, and coordinate with the Executive Council to work for the youth program.”

The main activity of this Commission is to organize regional and local Augustinian Youth Festivals (AYF) designed to build linkages for friendship and collaboration among the youth of our varied Augustinian apostolate and communities. In the process we help create a fertile grounds for our young people to VOLUNTEER in our mission and apostolate.  

#1  AYF Bacolod, Philippines

November 16-18, 2012 marks the first AYF gathering under the new leadership of the commission and it was held in CICM Maryshore, Bukal ng Tipan Mission Center, Talisay City, Negros Occidental (Philippines).

The event was participated by 217 delegates from different schools and parishes of the Augustinian families in the Philippines.

This three-day activity was indeed an experience to remember by our youth because of the camaraderie and fraternity that we all shared. The event was guided by the theme: “Augustinian Core values: Roadmap towards the Transformation of Youth”.

#2  AYF Cebu, Philippines

The Cebu version of the AYF was an obvious improvement of the lessons learned from the activity in Bacolod. The approach that was implemented was patterned to the World Youth Day experience in Rio, Brazil. Participants were asked to stay with their foster parents/family in order to widen the impact of an Augustinian event.

The AYF Cebu was held last September 6-8, 2013 with the theme: “Go and make disciples of all nations; Augustinians core values: Unitas: Growing together in Faith and Friendship.”  The 476 participants were very satisfied with the event and were looking for the next event in Indonesia.

#3  AYF Asia: Ketapang, Indonesia

The excitement continues especially to the 55 AYF participants who will come to Indonesia this October 24-29, 2014 and be a part of history making because the host community of the Sisters will be the first to organize this event outside the Philippines. It is guided by the theme: “New Evangelization through the Collaboration of Youth in Asia.”

#4  AYF International: Cebu City, Philippines

The preparation for the AYF International comes November 22-27, 2015 in Cebu City (Philippines) has already started by sending letters of information about the big event as well as the International Meeting of Vocation Directors in the same city around the same time (Nov. 24-29). It is scheduled in that manner to give chance of having a one day session for the youth and our vocation directors coming from different countries in the World. These gatherings are very fitting to be done in Cebu City because the Augustinians-Cebu Province, together with the entire Augustinian family, will be celebrating the 450th Anniversary of the Finding of the Image of Senor Santo Nino and the 450th Anniversary of the Augustinian Presence in the Philippines. We are targeting around one thousand youth participants to come and experience our brand of hospitality. “It is more fun in the Philippines”, but all the best of fun when you are an Augustinian. In Deum!!! (The full Report is available from Fr Victor Fernadez Gonzaga OSA, who is the APAC Treasurer 2014-2017.)


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