With this motto, young people from the parishes and schools of the Diocese of Chiclayo, in the north of Peru, were invited to participate in Vox Fest 2023, on October 14 at the Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo Seminary, in the same city of Chiclayo.
Its purpose was to help the vocational discernment of young people through an exposition of the varied charismas in the Church that express and concretely carry out the call of God. Among the 20 participating Congregations, we Pastoritas present our charism and mission, part of a larger family: the Pauline Family.
The day began with the passage and blessing of the Blessed Sacrament for each vocational stand, and then it was exposed so that the young people could continue with the adoration spontaneously; some priests prepared themselves for the sacrament of Reconciliation. The young people were invited to a moment of animation with songs and dynamics. Later they toured the stands to learn about the different charismas present in the Church. After lunch they participated in different workshops of their choice, some of them vocational: testimonies from priests, married couples, religious men and women, and committed lay people; as well as an emotion management workshop.
The meeting ended with the Eucharist presided over by Monsignor Guillermo Cornejo, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Chiclayo, who thanked all of us who participated in the response. He also reiterated the need to take care of one's own vocation and to be grateful for the vocation of those who have accompanied us and accompany us on our path of following Jesus. We were blessed that Monsignor Guillermo came to our stand sharing a brief moment of dialogue remembering the pleasant moments in which he, as a parish priest, had the collaboration of the Pastoritas, remembering each Sister with affection and gratitude.
Continuing with our mission on Sunday we visited two parishes: Sagrada Familia de Chiclayo and Santa Ana de Tuman, where we spoke with young people who are preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation, making our charism known, also encouraging them to ask themselves: What does God expect? of me?, to consider a life project.
We thank God and you Sisters for his prayers, trusting that the Good Shepherd will continue to open paths.
Sr. Milagros Rojas and sr. Romina Testa, sjbp