EUROPE/POLAND – Children’s Mission Synod 2022: part of the synodal journey of the universal Church
Warsaw (Agenzia Fides) – Children from 33 Polish dioceses will gather this Saturday, September 17, in Warsaw for the Mission Synod (cf. Fides 22/10/2022). 400 participants, including children, companions, volunteers and guests, are expected to take part in this initiative, organized by the leadership of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Poland as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the promotion of the Children’s Mission Societies to rank. of pontifical societies.
“The missionary work with the children in the Kindermissionswerk is part of the synodal path that was initiated with a view to the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will be held in Rome in October 2023 with the theme “For a Synodal Church: Community, Participation and Mission” The young missionaries, who belong to these groups are interested in the life of the Church, especially in the mission areas,” says a statement from the Pontifical Missionary Societies in Poland, “the 100th anniversary of the promotion to the rank of The purpose of this event is to celebrate the “pontifical” work of missionary work with children, to exchange views on what the children’s missionary work is doing in their dioceses and to look for ways and means to make the missionary work even better.
The children come at the end of a two-year preparation, during which they have studied the meaning of a synod and the children’s ministry, and they have learned the “synodic prayer”, which they now pray at every meeting and on the 17th of the month. . At the monthly meetings, they deepened their knowledge of the Holy Mass. They also participated in the creation of a “diocesan bulletin”, which is a graphic representation of the children’s missionary involvement in their diocese. All these leaves are bound and form a synod book. As part of this preparatory work, the founders have also made small videos illustrating the various mission activities. In June this year, at the end of the school year, the delegates from the various dioceses were officially sent to the synod by their bishops.
The Cardinal Wyszyński University in Warsaw hosts the Synod of Children on Mission, organized jointly with the Faculty of Missiology. The program will include moments of prayer, group work and games, while Sister Roberta Tremarelli, Secretary General of the Pontifical Mission Societies and Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, Apostolic Nuncio to Poland, as well as the President of the Mission Commission of the Polish Bishops’ Conference and Bishop Jan Piotrowski of Kielce will address the children.
“The Synod of the Kindermissionswerk will be a good opportunity to meet and celebrate the 100th anniversary together. We are happy to be a work of the Pope’s part of the universal Church,” concludes Sister. Monika Juszka (RMI), national director of the Children’s Missionary Society in Poland, “It will also be an opportunity to reflect on how the Missionary Society’s children can contribute even better to the revitalization of missionary activities in their dioceses. We hope that we will reach a joint statement of intent and formulate principles by which the participants can return to their local communities and become a leaven for mission work and cooperation in the Church’s local communities.”
(EC) (Agenzia Fides 13/9/2022)