From 22 to 23 January, the meeting of those responsible for youth and vocational pastoral care took place in the Province of Poland. This meeting was done in a hybrid way, that is, some gathered at the Provincial House in Krakow and others connected via the Internet. We have covered the following topics:
The pastoral presence on the network: Klaudia Tarczoń, editor-in-chief of the “synaj.tv” network shared her experiences in an interview conducted by editor Katarzyna Barnaś. Some Piarists that are currently present on different platforms of the virtual world: on social networks, Youtube and Tik Tok, also participated. After Magdalena Kiwior’s presentation of “Media Pijarskie” and the participants’ conversation, it was concluded that we need to consult each other our ideas with the young people we call influencers. At the moment, the statistic shows that our network activity touches rather our alumni.
The challenges of the pastoral care of families: Fr. Dominik Bochenek, delegate of Fr. Provincial for the pastoral care of children, shared the great joy of the recent opening of the family office “Effata” in Bolesławiec, where we already have the school. The office is a place that has the free help of various specialists, such as psychologist, psychiatrist, psychotherapist, pedagogue, speech therapist, nutritionist, family life counselor, professional life counselor, spiritual director and others. The office is the local response to one of the proposals of the last Provincial Chapter and at the same time a reference point for the whole Province.
The challenges for vocational pastoral care: after the witness of the vocational accompaniment of three Piarist juniors, Krzysztof, Jan and Szymon, Fr. Piotr Recki, delegate of Fr. Provincial for this dimension, encouraged us to pray, propose, accompany.
The pastoral calendar of the Province: this topic was assigned to the one who writes this: when the pandemic will finish, we will try to organize the Course of Discernment. We are taking the time to develop materials necessary for the Calasanz Movement, and above all, the three-shift programmer of workshops for monitors. Despite and according to the situation we will try to organize the annual events of the current semester, among others, the pilgrimage of the students of the last primary year to the Shrine of the Mother of God, Educator of Youth, in Warsaw; the Parafiada of Children and Youth in Krakow, and then, at international level in Warsaw. The Choir Festival in Łowicz, the Course for Piarist Monitors in Cracovia, the Meeting of the Piarist Youth during the holidays in Poznań. We have delayed the Youth Spirituality Congress for September this year – Inspired by Calasanz; God willing, the Piarist Youth Meeting will be organized in 2022. With Fr. Tomasz Abramowicz we plan to organize the group of our Province for WYD Lisbon 2023.
F. Jacek Wolan Sch. P.