|WYD Gone Asian?|
|Written by Sherry|
|Thursday, 10 July 2008 07:51|
Thank goodness for e-mail and the internet during an event like World Youth Day! I've gotten a small flurry of e-mails already about the impact of our team's first presentation at the Days in the Diocese in Melbourne.
One aspect of World Youth Day that I think that most of us around St. Blog's (including myself) hadn't grasped is the possible impact on the Church in south and southeast Asia. I've heard of first ever or larger than ever groups coming from places like Tonga and India - partly due to location, partly to improved economic conditions in parts of Asia, partly to political changes that allow more freedom.
For more, check out this great collection of articles from around the Asian Catholic world on WYD.
We are acutely aware of the impact on the North American and European Churches (and now Australian and New Zealand) but think of what could happen if a couple hundred fired up young disciples return to much smaller and resource poor Catholic communities around Asia!
We are already seeing it happen on a small scale. A large group of Singaporeans attending the CSI presentation in Melbourne yesterday and their leaders have already been introduced (via e-mail) to the young Singaporean journalist who is flying out to attend Making Disciples and Called & Gifted interviewer/facilitator training next month. And I sit at my dining room table in Colorado overlooking the garden and watch these e-mails flying between Melbourne and Singapore with a nod in my land-locked direction 10,000 miles away.
It seems that there is a small group of young Catholic Singaporeans who were separately feeling their way toward helping others discern their charisms and wondering if any group or organization was already doing it. And now they have found each other.
Interviewer training in Greenville, South Carolina,in August is going to be such a cosmopolitan affair. A black former FBI agent from Nagadoches, Texas ; a newly ordained Dominican priest from Hong Kong, St. Blog's resident Indian Hindu turned Catholic seminarian Gashwin, and a journalist from Singapore.
The Church universal in collaboration. Very exciting.