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The outstanding position of young female and male leaders

For the founders of the FSE, Catholic, Lutheran and Orthodox, the mission entrusted by Christ to his disciples must be accomplished by all those who constitute the Church, even if they are very young; they were aware of the fact that the legitimacy of their action came from their state of baptised faithful and citizen, as well as from the families who entrusted their children to them. So, all the baptised, everyone according to his personal condition, are meant to collaborate actively to the transmission of the word preached by Jesus. More specifically, the patrol leaders, the rovers and rangers, the young female and male leaders are at the best place to transmit a testimony of faith to their younger brothers and sisters. Continue reading

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The problem of older scouts

In 2018, Rovering will celebrate its 100 years of existence. It is a symbolic date because Rovering did not have a real and official start; it grew gradually, through experiments and attempts. Baden-Powell did not conceive Scouting as a unique project from the very beginning but, little by little, he invented new solutions. It was the case for Girl Guides, Wolf Cubs, training camps… Sometimes, as it happened for Rovering, the solutions finally adopted were preceded by controlled attempts and experiments in order to find the best solution. Continue reading

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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