Session 2 Panel 3

Vocational Discernment and the Family: Preparing for the Youth Synod, 2018. 

12:00 – 13:00    Panel 3: Vocational Discernment and the Family: Preparing for the Youth Synod, 2018. 
(Hall 7). EN 🎧 IT, ES, FR

Moderator: Mons. Paolo Giulietti, Auxiliary Bishop of Perugia-Città della Pieve, Italy.

Panellists: 
•    Teresa Carvalho, Home Mission Development Officer, Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, UK
•    Paul Metzlaff, National Office for Youth Pastoral Care, Germany
•    Gerard Gallagher, Pastoral Co-ordinator, Archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland
•    Isaac Withers, Representative of Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales at Synod 2018
•    Rev. Dr. Michel Remery, Author of ‘Tweeting with God’, Luxembourg 
•    Sr Nathalie Becquart, National Service for Youth Evangelization and Vocations, Bishop’s Conference, France


A facilitated discussion on youth ministry amongst individuals who took part in the pre-synod consultation. There will be a particular focus on how the family plays a central role in supporting vocations of all varieties amongst youth and enabling young people to live their lives to the fullest of their potential.

Biographies

Mons. Paolo Giulietti, Auxiliary Bishop of Perugia-Città della Pieve, Italy.

Paolo Giulietti is auxiliary bishop of Perugia-Città della Pieve (Umbria - Italy). He is 54 years old, and the oldest of three brothers. He was ordained priest in 1991 and bishop in 2014. After the basic studies of theology in the seminary, he obtained a license in pastoral theology/youth pastoral at the Pontifical Salesian University of Rome. His pastoral ministry has always been oriented towards young people, first in Perugia then as director of the National Youth Service of the Italian Bishops Conference (2001-2007). As well as being  Vicar General of his diocese, he continues to work with young people, as spiritual director of catholic scouts (AGESCI) of Umbria and as a leader in youth walking pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela, Jerusalem and other major Christian shrines in Europe. 

Teresa Carvalho, Home Mission Development Officer, Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, UK

Teresa Carvalho is the Home Mission Development Officer for the Department of Evangelisation and Catechesis at the Secretariat of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales. She is from East London, with Maltese and Goan heritage and has been in full time ministry within the Catholic Church throughout her working life. Before working in the Secretariat she gained wide experience in different aspects of Catholic Youth Ministry and has been a member of the Sion Catholic Community for Evangelism throughout her career.  She also has a BSc Hons in Human Biology and Information Technology and a Masters in Pastoral Theology from Heythrop College and has a passion for people to experience the joy that comes from an encounter with the person of Jesus Christ. She lived in the village of Knock whilst developing youth Missions with Céilí Community in 2002.

Gerard Gallagher, Pastoral Co-ordinator Archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland

Gerard Gallagher works for the Archdiocese of Dublin in the Office for Evangelisation & Ecumenism as Pastoral Coordinator specialising in the area of Youth & Young Adult Ministry. He is passionate about generating new ideas in the area of pastoral ministry, especially among young adults. He was a member of the team that delivered the Year of Evangelisation Programme in Dublin (2009) and was a member of the Local Planning Committee for the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin 2012. He has led many groups to World Youth Day and will lead a group to Panama in 2019.  He is currently working with the World Meeting of Families 2018 Committee. A frequent writer on youth ministry and Church, he is the author of two books, Are we losing the Young Church? (Columba Press, 2005) and Your Child’s Confirmation (Redemptorist Publications, 2012). Gerard is married and has three teenage children.

Isaac Withers, Representative of Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales at Synod 2018

Isaac Withers was selected to represent England & Wales at the Pre-Synod Meeting of young people in March 2018, a meeting called for and attended by Pope Francis himself. In that week Isaac was part of a global conversation on what it means to be a young person in the world today and how the Church can help future generations. He was also part of the team that wrote the document that came from that meeting and since then has been speaking and writing around the unique problems of millennials and Generation Z. The youngest of five he also has had unique experiences of what Catholic family life can be like, with a sister who is a contemplative nun and a brother with Down Syndrome. He studied English Literature and Creative Writing at Birmingham University and currently works in the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales communications team.

Rev. Dr. Michel Remery, Author of ‘Tweeting with God’, Luxembourg

Father Michel Remery was born in 1973 and is a Catholic priest from the Netherlands. Formed as an architect, he worked for the Dutch Royal Air Force and as an engineering consultant. He studied in Rome, where he completed a dissertation on the relationship between liturgy and architecture. He published various books and articles on this theme. He was a member of an advisory commission for new media and youth at the Vatican Internet Service and worked with young people and university students in Leiden, Netherlands. He served as vice secretary general of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE). Michel is the national youth chaplain of Luxembourg, and committed to youth ministry on an international level, especially through the initiative Tweeting with GOD (www.tweetingwithgod.com). His book Tweeting with GOD has been translated into 18 language and is used around the world in youth ministry and evangelisation. 

Sr Nathalie Becquart, National Service for Youth Evangelization and Vocations, Bishop’s Conference, France

Sr. Nathalie Becquart has been director of the National Service for Youth Evangelization and for Vocations at the Bishops’ Conference of France since 2012.  Born in 1969, she graduated in Commercial Studies in 1992. In 1995 she joined the Xavière Missionaries of Jesus Christ, an Apostolic Congregation of Ignatian Spirituality. She was Coordinator of the French catholic scouts’ program for youth in difficult suburbs, from 1999 to 2002. Nathalie has a MA in philosophy and theology (Centre Sèvres Paris) and an MA in Sociology (EHESS).  She did campus ministry in Créteil University, Paris, 2002-2011 and was deputy Director of the National Service for the Evangelization of Youth and Vocations in charge of university pastoral care, 2008-2012. She was Vice-President of the European Vocations Service 2016-2018 and a member of the Bishop’s council of the Diocese of Nanterre, 2015-2018.  Since 1995 she has been Spiritual Director for the Ignatian Youth Network

Paul Metzlaff, National Office for Youth Pastoral Care, Germany

Paul Metzlaff works in the Youth Office of the German Bishops Conference and has responsibility for organizing the participation of German groups in World Youth Day in Panama in January 2019 and in the 2018 Synod on Youth. He is married, and has six brothers and sisters. He is currently working on a doctorate in the Philosophy of Religion. His hobbies include reading, silent prayer and watching football.

 

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