Young Religious asked to take lead
A meeting of Young Religious in central India decided that they should shape among themselves the leadership of the future
The newer generation of Religious should take lead and make a difference for consecrated life in the emerging India, a meeting of Young Religious in central India was told.
Seventy two representatives of young Religious in Madhya Predesh and Chattisgarh states met in Bhopal for three days discussing the future of Religious life in India.
The meeting was part of a series of special programs that Conference of Religious India has launched to prepare the young Religious to meet the challenges posed by India’s socio-economic development in the next decade.
The meeting has decided that young Religious should shape among themselves the leadership of the future and bring about “good governance” in religious societies.
The Regional President Sister Flavia CSJ welcomed the delegates saying: “When you are taken seriously you surprise us with the abundance of your energy, blossoming of your potential, skill and capacity for generosity and commitment.”
Archbishop Leo Cornelio of Bhopal opened the meet saying the “young religious was a unique sign of hope for the Church.” He made himself at home with them on more than one occasion.
Father Xavier Manavath CMF, who lead the group to a comprehensive and deep reflection, spoke of “re-visioning of consecrated life” as the need of the time. Creative fidelity to charism, which adds options according to the needs of the time, can lead the young to leadership, he said.
Brother Mani Mekkunnel, national secretary of Conference of Religious India, who piloted the three days-convention laid out the unfolding paradigm for consecrated life 2020.
Concluding the event, retired Archbishop Pascal Topno of Bhopal blessed the Young Religious for their heroic journey to the future.
Father Johnson CMI, the Regional Secretary of CRI who organized the program, assured to march with the young to the future.