Annually held in Canberra Australia, Montfort Boys Town is hosting the first South Pacific Youth Ministry Equipping School.
The Archdiocese of Suva and the Archdiocese of Canberra Goulburn and Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Australia is running the event. Catholic Education director Nemani Drova’s visit to the Oceania Youth Ministry Equipping School and the ongoing effort of the Archdiocese of Suva to trim teachers and youth workers inspired him to work with his Catholic partners in Australia to hold the event in Fiji. “My two visits Australia to attend the Oceania Youth Ministry Equipping School renewed and inspired me with a vision for youth evangelisation in Fiji,” Mr Drova said.
The four day event, which began last Saturday and ends today aims to equip youth workers with skills when teaching and reaching out to the youth population he said.
“The focus on formation for mission with contemporary student, staff and parish youth ministry models provides a wonderful opportunity to be equipped for mission in our church in Fiji,” he said. Father Joe Tumavule, adviser on the way forward for the religious education seminar, said efforts had been made in the past to make schools be more holistic in teachings.
“There’s a real effort the past that the church always tried to maintain a good integration, a balance between the academic and spiritual teachings,” Mr Tumavule said.
Tonga and Samoa are the other two countries that took part in the school. Equipping youth workers across the region is the schools main aim, South Pacific Youth Ministry Equipping School co-ordinator Peter Woods said.
“The focus of the Equipping School is to train teachers ad leaders in Catholic education and to encourage our schools to be Catholic in character, especially to engage young people into the mission of the Catholic church which is t share the love of Jesus with other students and staff in our Catholic Schools,” Mr Woods Said.
Catholic Schools Youth Ministry International, is excited to see what is ahead for the Catholic education in Fiji and we look forward to continue to build this relationship.