2023-11-17 PHILIPPINES

80 Marist Youth Leaders participate in the Formation hosted by the East Asia Province

To nurture Marist youth leadership, the Marist Youth Ministry (MYM) from the East Asia Province hosted a Marist Youth Leaders Formation Program from November 10 to 12, at the Marist Asia Spirituality and Mission Center, in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, Philippines.

Around 80 young leaders from Marist Notre Dame schools like Marist School Marikina, Notre Dame of Dadiangas University, Notre Dame of Marbel University, Notre Dame of Jolo High School – Kasulutan, Notre Dame of Cotabato, and Notre Dame of Kidapawan College took part in this 2-day program.

The Marist Youth Leadership Formation Program (MYLFP) 2023, covered topics like “Deepening Marist Leadership,” “Developing Community Spirit,” “Humanizing Marist Leaders,” among others.

Br. Allan De Castro, Provincial of the East Asia Province, stressed that MYLFP isn’t just an opportunity; it’s a vital mission that empowers Marist leaders to make a difference in their communities. “As you leave this event, carry the global mission inspired by Champagnat, and we believe in your ability to address various issues and provide unity as one Marist family, as our identity,” he added the Provincial.

Dr. Wilter C. Friales, the representative of East Asia Province in the Adhoc Committee of the Marist Youth Ministry (MYM), emphasized the program’s goal of creating connections and space for Marist leaders in the Philippines, aligned with Marcellin Champagnat’s ideals. “We are Marists not just because of our school, but because of our Marist identity,” Friales said during the General Orientation.

Br. De Castro considered the Marist Youth Leadership Formation Program (MYLFP) 2023, “mark of identity as Marist family”.

The MYLFP serves as a Marist Youth Program that unites leaders from different Marist Schools, fostering interaction and learning as one Marist family.


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