It became a commitment for Sacred Heart College to participate in the conference since PCNE1. There were 52 personnel and students who joined on July 19-21, 2019 in University of Santo Tomas. The theme of this years’ conference was inspired by the Catholic Church’s celebration on the Year of the Youth: Filipino Youth Walking with Jesus.
The sessions were inspired by the Apostolic Exhortation by Pope Francis Christus Vivit. The said document is addressing the young people and the entire people of God. In fact, Section A of this exhortation is exclusively devoted to the “Letter” to the Young of Pope Francis. The opening Eucharist was presided by the Most Rev. Rex Andrew C. Alarcon, who was newly appointed bishop of the diocese of Daet and the incoming Chairman of the Episcopal Commission on the Youth. Heart to heart with Cardinal Chito gave way to some youth to express themselves and be hear. The voices of the young were also expressed through spoken poetry, music, role play and TED talk. As the whole conference went through, the constant challenge to the adults who should be mentors and shepherds is to journey with the young – “to say I love you is also to say I want to accompany you (youth), thus, from the Gospel of Luke, it is written “..and Jesus walked with them”. – Luke 24:15.
It all started with a desire to have a deeper knowledge about God and His Church and encounter Him in more varied ways provided by the conference. More than the good feeling of coming together as a church, SHC participants were challenged to walk with one another towards a life of discipleship and that everyone be a channel of God’s love – for the young to share their true selves and giftedness; and for the adults to welcome and accompany them through. Inspired by the experience in the conference, Vincentian Cordians do always remember in mind and heart our poor and young sisters and brothers in the peripheries.