Around 130 Religious Advisers from about fifteen UIGSE-FSE associations gathered in Rome from 29th to 31st of January for an international congress on the topic “Young people, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”. The chosen topic coincided intentionally with the theme of the next Bishops’ synod that will take place in Rome in October 2018.
We came from all across Europe and even America to meet in the hotel Villa Aurelia located in the wing of a huge convent on one of the Roman hills called Janiculum, with view on the majestic dome of Saint Peter’s basilica standing out behind a panorama of pine trees. The modern installations of the hotel with a high-tech equipped conference room were linked by a long corridor to the convent’s chapel, rather being a small church able to receive 150 persons.
A young British Dominican priest with Asian roots, Father Lawrence Lew, O.P., led the participants through the congress program. Father Lew is known in scout circles for having strongly supported the development of the red branch in Scotland and England. Continue reading