By Sr. Mufaro Chakuinga LCBL
Over thirty catholic youth leaders from Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare, Gokwe, Hwange and Chinhoyi assembled at St. Mary’s Chimuko Pastoral Center in Hwange from 24 to 26 February 2023 for their annual general meeting and to discuss issues that concerns the youth ministry in Zimbabwe.
It has been a tradition that the national youth council meet to evaluate and plan their activities with the help of their coordinators and spiritual directors. This year’s annual general meeting began with a synodality missionary talk with Fr. Johannes Maseko, the ZCBC National Coordinator for the Youth and Laity. Fr. Maseko emphasized on the need for spiritual growth and evangelization among young people. He told the youth leaders that the Church require all young people to be vibrant, fruitful and innovative.
“Youth ministry should be a school of formation, a journey, and a time of spiritual discernment. lt is about outreach and growth in Christus vivit,” said Fr. Maseko.
He challenged dioceses to work on the transformation of the youth ministry in Zimbabwe and to foster a personal and intimate encounter with Christ so that the youth ministry will produce witnesses of the gospel.
The meeting ended with the celebration of mass by Bishop Raphel Ncube at St. Ignatius Cathedral in Hwange where the bishop urged young people to be prayerful and to avoid sin all the time.
Bishop Ncube told the youth that they were at the center of the Church and that God loves them more. He challenged young people to avoid sin and to engage in proactive ways that support their spiritual and material needs. Bishop Ncube urged the youth to capitalize on the season of lent to desist from committing sin and to repent from their bad ways.