Eight of our Year 12 students participated in the Synod on Thursday 1st March at St Mary’s College, Oscott. One student, Cameron Causer was chosen to give a video talk to Pope Francis as the Pope is now actively listening to the young people across the Archdiocese. Pope Francis has dedicated the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to be focused on the young people and the theme will be ‘Young people, the Faith and Vocational Discernment’. It will be held in Rome in October 2018.
Pope Francis has said, ‘The Church has decided to examine herself on how she can lead young people to recognise and accept the call to the fullness of life and love, and to ask young people to help her in identifying the most effective ways to announce the Good News today”. The event gave our students the opportunity to speak and share their voice, by answering a variety of questions. Unfortunately, Archbishop Bernard was unable to join the students but students were blessed by the presence of the Vicar General Mgr Timothy Menezes and Jimmy Mitchell who travelled from America to share his thoughts and experiences of the joy of the Lord in his life.
As a continuation to the Synod, we will be having another session in our school known as ‘Think Tank’ on 23rd March to enable young people to develop further, their thoughts with the topics raised on the launch event. The Think Tank will aim to engage a new audience who were not able to attend the launch event to include young people who are of other faiths or no faith, to voice their opinion using a series of interactive and engaging methods, including peer to peer discussion and discernment, workshops, presentations and new media technologies. Thus the aim of the Synod is to listen and learn, to discern how best to respond in accompanying the young on their existential journey to maturity, they discover their plan and realise it with joy opening up to the encounter with God and with human beings and actively participating in the edification of the Church and of the society.