BRAZIL, Paulo Zambolin via www.jumasbrasil.com.br •
Representatives of the Boys’ Youth (Jumas) from all over Brazil attended their IX National Forum, which was held in the Puer et Pater Schoenstatt Shrine, in Itaara, Rio Grande do Sul, which brought together eighty young people along with their advisers, Frs. Alfonso Wosny, Clodoaldo Kamimura, Ailton Brito, Julio Rodrigues, Br. Mandred Worlitschek, and seminarians Gabriel Oberle and Filipe Araujo.
The objective of the forum was to reflect and decide about the youths’ direction and aspirations for the coming year. These young people took the lead and were self-governing in all discussions represented by Branch leaders, the regional and national secretariats with the right to vote in the plenaries. On the first day, they had the opportunity to visit the house and the tomb of João Luiz Pozzobon, one of the great Schoenstatt heroes, who was a key player in the expansion of the Movement in Brazil and the world.
Inspired by Pozzobon’s leadership
Inspired by Joao’s leadership, the youths participated in group work reflecting and proposing actions for six subjects taken by the regionals: paternity, Year of Kentenich, lifestyle, Christ Tabor’s mission, project “change the world,” and continued training for leaders.
The leaders and officers of Jumas Brazil also wrote a letter to the Synod of Bishops about the youths, they spoke briefly about their identity, their desires, and their concerns. Another important conquest of the forum was the joint discovery of a new motto, by the light of the Holy Spirit, which will be the youth’s aspiration as of now: “Like Kentenich, bearers of Christ.”
During the forum’s closing Mass, there was an exchange of symbols and the secretariats also changed. Regional Paraná received the crown from its new secretary: Gabriel Moraes. Daniel Ceccon will be the new secretary of the Southeast Region and the Heroic Pilgrim Mother is going there. The South received the chalice and Gustavo Marconato will remain in the secretariat. The Northeast received the paten and the secretariat decision will be made later. Paulo Zambolin and Nikolas García will succeed Robson Prado and Lucas Siduoski in the national secretariat.
Original: Portuguese, 14 September 2017. Translation: Celina M. Garza, San Antonio, TX USA. Edited: Melissa Peña-Janknegt, Elgin, TX USA