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Sodalits delve into the vocational culture underway in Salamanca

A group of 18 brothers from nine countries participated in the Course: Keys to Vocational Ministry at the School of Formators of the San Ignacio Spirituality Center in Salamanca (Spain) that took place from April 14th to 16th, among them was Carlos Muñoz, General Assistant for the Apostolate.

Our brothers with the course participants.

Our brothers with the course participants.

The San Ignacio de Salamanca Spirituality Center is a space dedicated to training, reflection and spirituality. Among its activities, spiritual retreats, conferences and training courses stand out. They have a team of professionals in various areas, such as psychology, theology or pedagogy.

During the meeting, Carlos Gómez-Virseda, SJ, doctor and vocation promoter of the Society of Jesus in Spain, gave a talk entitled “Towards a vocational culture with today’s youth”, in which he presented six fundamental keys to foster a culture authentic vocational.

Among the keys presented by Gómez-Virseda, the following stand out: helping to understand and live life in a vocational way, creating an environment conducive to the development of vocations, fostering the cultivation of interiority, awakening questions and deep desires, accompanying vocational processes and be transparent in displaying vocational virtues.

The importance of showing the consecrated life as a possible, real and attractive alternative was also discussed, and topics such as the profile of the young person who enters the formation center and social networks as tools for vocation promotion were addressed.

Experiences about the course: “the desire to share the Sodalit vocation with others grew a lot”

By participating in this course, our objective has been to enrich our reflection and apostolic action from ecclesial experience.

Thus, our brother Rudolf Haid shared with us that: “each vocation is a treasure for the Church and that in each vocation it is God who calls, but he uses mediation. It makes use of our humble and fragile humanity in that fragility we cooperate by putting everything we can: our 5 loaves and 2 fish (hours, days, years, spaces, efforts, love)”.

During one of the talks at the training school of the San Ignacio Spirituality Center in Salamanca.

During one of the talks at the training school of the San Ignacio Spirituality Center in Salamanca.

He also highlighted the need to care for and promote the growth of a vocational culture with young people today: “because it is part of every apostolate with young people. We are all called by the Lord to participate in his Mission in a unique and unrepeatable way”.

We are aware of the need for a vocation ministry centered on Jesus Christ, an explicit vocation ministry, and a ministry that asks for the grace every day to accompany young people in their different realities. Very different and often also very wounded by today’s culture”, adds Rudolf.

For the recently ordained F. Óscar Tamayo: “vocational culture is very important for young people today, to remember that God calls them and that there is an urgency to respond to that call, to be holy matrimony, to be consecrated saints or priests and above all understand life in terms of mission, of putting talents and gifts at the service of others”.

Sodalits who participated in the course.

Sodalits who participated in the course.

Finally, our brother Thibault Vincent thinks that “many young people want to discern their vocation and want to be accompanied in the process”. In addition, he shared with us that in those days in Salamanca he remembered how “important it is to promote in our apostolate that young people wonder and open themselves to the call of the Father for their lives”. He also pointed out that it was very renewing for his vocation: “the desire to share the Sodalit vocation with others grew a lot”.

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