Sandakan youth leaders reflect on 2019

The Diocesan Youth Apostolate (DYA) had their last meeting for 2019 on December 13-15. Fifteen DYA members and three youths from Lahad Datu and Sandakan parish attended. Fr Dafrinn Diwol takes over from Fr David Garaman as the spiritual adviser.

Jan 09, 2020

SANDAKAN: The Diocesan Youth Apostolate (DYA) had their last meeting for 2019 on December 13-15. Fifteen DYA members and three youths from Lahad Datu and Sandakan parish attended. Fr Dafrinn Diwol takes over from Fr David Garaman as the spiritual adviser.

The meeting began with Mass, followed by a study day based on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on the Synod of Bishops on young people, faith, and vocational discernment, Christus Vivit. This document was compiled from the meeting of the Synod of Bishops in October 2018. There are nine chapters which focus on young people’s need to serve and be served and the reality of young people today. ‘Walking together’ is emphasised in this document, not only with youths, priests and religious but walking together as a community.  ‘Walking together’ completes the spirit of journeying together, strengthening the faith and enthusiasm in serving the Lord.

Each DYA member picked a chapter from Christus Vivit to share their understanding on the document. The members felt overwhelmed with the inspiration, knowledge and affirmation from the document. However, they felt the one day sharing was insufficient to do justice to the exhortation.

After the study day, everyone  gathered for fellowship. At the same time, they also celebrated an early Christmas by exchanging gifts. Joining them were Fr David and Deacon Stephen Esguerra.

The last day was a time to recap on the programmes conducted for the whole year. Among the programmes discussed were - YouthPrepLink Batch 10, Diocese Youth Apostolate’s 10th Anniversary, Sabah Youth Day-5 and Catholic Campus students gathering.

Year 2019 was a challenging year but it has taught them to grow in their faith and ministry. May 2020 be blessed with inspiration and love. --Newsupdatedospo

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