Chillin’ with Archbishop Julian

Responding to the call of the Holy Father to focus on the young people of the world, the young people in the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur came together in the Church of the Holy Family to pray, dialogue and reflect for ‘Santai Bersama AB Julian’.

Jun 15, 2017

KAJANG: Responding to the call of the Holy Father to focus on the young people of the world, the young people in the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur came together in the Church of the Holy Family to pray, dialogue and reflect for ‘Santai Bersama AB Julian’. The programme, organised by ASAYO KL (Archdiocesan Single Adults & Youth Office) focused on the theme of World Youth Day 2017, The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His Name (Luke 1:49).

The purpose of the programme was to facilitate interaction between the young people and their shepherd. The participants were asked to bring forth questions and concerns that they wished to address with Archbishop Leow. The event began with the ASAYO KL Director, Fr Gregory Chan, welcoming the young people.

This progamme, in collaboration with the Social Communication Ministry, used a webinar platform so that young people from the Catholic Mission, Kuala Terengganu, were able to virtually attend the programme.

There were exhibitions on World Youth day 2016 Krakow, World Youth Day 2019 Panama and Asian Youth Day 2017 Yogyakarta for the youths to peruse.

The session began with praise and worship in Bahasa Malaysia conducted by the Prayer Team of St Anthony’s Church, then the young people were led into prayer by Sr Michaelina Matin SFSS. Thereafter, the young people were led into reflection and given time to write down their questions for the Dialogue session with Archbishop Julian Leow.

Then, the introductory session on the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment was conducted. Reflecting on the preparatory document, the participants were introduced to the intentions of the Synod, outlining the synodal process and the involvement of every young person in this endeavour. Jacinta Claire Fernandez, in this Introductory session, noted that “the Synod on Youth is a reflection of the heart of the Holy Father. He is calling on the young people of the world to be open and honest, the Church wants to listen to the hearts of the youth, and it is their responsibility to respond to this call.”

The main Dialogue session with Archbishop Julian Leow saw a string of questions that covered topics such as vocation, same sex attraction and feminism, accompaniment and discernment.

Santai Bersama AB Julian provided a unique opportunity for the young people in the archdiocese. This affirms to the youth that they are not overlooked or neglected. The presence of the archbishop was crucial in shaping the future of the youth who are often threatened by a variety of current moral decline and “isms.”

“I am very pleased that we, in Terengganu, can also participate via Webinar. Congratulations to ASAYO KL, and hopefully this programme will inspire the young to embrace the spirit of service in the Church,” said Raven Ray from the Catholic Mission.

In light of the Synod Journeying with the Youth; Young People, the Faith and Vocation Discernment, the Holy Father said that “every young person has something to say to the world and to the Church; their hopes, dreams, visions and challenges”.

When speaking about the accompaniment process raised by the synodal process, Archbishop Julian said, “Choose the right person to accompany you on your journey, choose a person that can show you the right path, someone with more experience, someone who is more prayerful, someone you can learn from.” The programme ended with a blessing by Archbishop and fellowship. -- Asayo KL

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