The next morning, the delegates listened to experiences of “making men and women passionate about the mission” from Manos Unidas of Spain, Misereor of Germany and the Xavier Network. In the afternoon, the Counsellor for Formation and the Secretary for Primary and Secondary Education outlined the opportunities and challenges faced in the Society as it moves forward in the construction of an apostolic body at the service of the common mission. Practically, this means breaking down the barriers between works, apostolic sectors and Provinces, in favor of cooperating in the Spirit.
The third day consisted of discerning how the Lord was inviting the group to respond to the questions of Fr. General, enlightened by the presenters and personal experiences of the past ten years. It was a day of personal prayer, spiritual conversation in pairs and in groups. The day ended with a draft of the answers we wanted to offer Fr. General.
On the fourth day, the delegates were asked to confirm their responses, and to present them to Father General as a guide for his decisions concerning: 1) the apostolate of the DO - where they have been or could be established, 2) the role of the DO networks in each Conference, and 3) the role of the Office for Development of the General Curia in Rome. In all this, the delegates experienced how fundamental spiritual conversation and discernment are to responding to Jesus’ mission expressed in the UAPs. They accepted that their challenge is to integrate young people into our Development Offices mission as part of their response to the UAP to accompany young people as active participants in the service of the sustainability of Jesus’ mission.