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Convivio Colombia 2023: Meeting of young Catholics in Medellin and Cali

Cruz ancla with the participants of Convivio Cali.

Cruz ancla with the participants of Convivio Cali.

While Convivio Medellin focused on the motto “I make all things new” during the month of September, Convivio Cali focused on reflecting on “Something greater than success” in October. Both congresses, organized by the Christian Life Movement (MVC) – Colombia, motivated young people to deepen their faith and discover a deeper meaning in their lives.

Convivio Medellin 2023: “I make all things new”

From September 1st to 3rd, Medellin, Colombia, witnessed an event that brought together around 120 young Catholics at the Colegio Sagrado Corazón Montemayor. Convivio Medellin was a special weekend to reflect, pray and connect with God and other young people.

Emilio Molina, member of the organizing team, told us: “It is incredible to see how, after 5 years, I still see that intense light reflected in others, who prepare their hearts to give and receive intensely in Convivio”.

Un grupo de jóvenes participantes de Convivio Colombia 2023

Some members of the team and participants of Convivio Medellin.

“The preparation is rigorous, but enriching, always with the certainty that a real experience of faith is delivered to others. All that work is worth it when we launch ourselves into the encounter and manage to sow seeds that end up growing in their hearts thanks to God, who plants his firm roots, giving us the joy of having carried out a divine work”, he said.

On the other hand, Daniel López shared: “Convivio has been my way of reconnecting with God, learning to see God in others and keeping the flame lit every year. It has helped me to forgive, but not only others, but also accept God’s forgiveness, and understand that stains only last as long as you let them last”.

Convivio Cali brought together participants from four places in Colombia

Un grupo de jóvenes participantes de Convivio Colombia. Sostienen unas letras que forman la palabra: Convivio.

Some participants of Convivio Cali.

From October 20th to 22nd, the Colegio Colombo Británico in Cali, Colombia, was the setting for Convivio Cali. Under the motto “Something bigger than success”, this meeting brought together 88 young people from schools and universities between the ages of 16 and 21.

A notable fact was that Convivio Cali was the first event to have the participation of the four delegations of the Christian Life Movement in Colombia (Bogota, Medellin, La Guajira and Cali), both volunteers and participants.

Is there anything bigger than success?

Participantes de Convivio Colombia, junto a sus padres en la Misa final de Convivio.

Participants and parents at the final Mass of Convivio Cali.

This annual conference focused on the importance of aspiring to something greater than material and social success, placing emphasis on seeking the love of Jesus and becoming more like Him to live a life of deeper purpose. The program included talks, discussions, reflection activities in subgroups and groups, as well as games, as well as spiritual moments such as the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and a closing Mass.

Elena Restrepo, a member of the MVC in Medellin and who this year participated in Convivio Cali, shared her experience:

“Convivio is one of the most special moments of my year. Whether it is one, two or three Convivios that you attend, as in the case of Bogota, Medellin and Cali, it is the hope we need. It is the opportunity to see how the Holy Spirit transforms the hearts of those who seek answers, who long to feel God’s true embrace of love. It is a beautiful and enlightening experience, rewarding in the apostolate, since it generates numerous fruits. Without a doubt, it is a job that is rewarded with love”.

You can see the final video here.