There has been much “storytelling” in some dioceses during October thanks to a youth-led World Mission Month initiative from Catholic Mission.
It started when more than 20 schools in the Brisbane Archdiocese agreed to invite their students to serve as volunteer Mission Ambassadors during World Mission Month and parish appeal weekends.
“It’s the first time we have embarked on such an ambitious program of student engagement with our parishes,” says Brisbane Catholic Mission diocesan director David McGovern.
The initial campaign involved 84 trained students heading into local parishes to speak at weekend Masses.
Internationally, there is also a call for more student-lead involvement in World Mission Month.
“Children and young people are protagonists of the missionary month and of missionary animation in the whole world,” says Sr Roberta Tremarelli, secretary general of the Pontifical Society of Missionary Childhood.
“They are the young missionary disciples who evangelise through prayer and the testimony of Jesus in schools, in their own homes, in places they frequent with their peers.”
Sr Roberta says children, young people, and adolescents, should be encouraged to develop their missionary spirit “helping them to share faith and material means, especially with the most needy children”.
“Young people have embraced the Pope’s message for World Mission Day, saying: here we are, send us, young missionaries.”
Youth ambassadors (Catholic Mission)