OCEANIA/ SAMOA - Not only school: Salesians in the Pacific Islands committed to evangelisation and formation of youth

Tuesday, 12 April 2005

Alafua (Fides Service) - In the remote Pacific Ocean islands young Catholics talk about God, study the Bible and discern their vocation in life, socialise and build authentic friendships. This happened recently in Samoa, at the Salesian’s Don Bosco Technical Institute in Alafua, where students stopped lessons for a few days to take part in a spiritual retreat held at Logoipulotu Pastoral Centre” in Savai’i.
Some 250 students took part as well as some teachers and parents. Besides praying together and listening to talks on spiritual themes, the young participants discussed cultural, social and moral questions. According to ANS the Salesian news service, young people in Samoa are deeply interested in themes connected with the relationship between the human person and God and the meaning of life. These annual retreats have been held regularly since 1996. The aim is to help the young people know each other better and to reflect on the transcendent dimension of life.
(PA) (Agenzia Fides 12/4/2005 righe 15 parole 156)