Columban Lay Missionary, Ireland
As part of the on-going formation and education of lay missionaries, I am privileged to take a six-month-course on facilitating retreat for young people. The course has given me an in-depth understanding on the psyche and culture of young people in this modern time.
|Lorelei Ocaya (in white pants) with the youth of Ballymun and St. Joseph|
There are a lot of efforts have been done and most of them are still going on. Government programs and funding for the development of the young people were mushrooming all over the place aside from the long standing GAA clubs. They provide venues for young people to involve in community work, opportunities for personal and skills development and opportunities for them to be listened to. Different youth clubs and after school programs are established to address young peoples’ issues and problems in the hope that they will be better persons for themselves, to others and the community.
|Lorelie (left most), with Columban partners in mission|