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Cameroon : vocational camp.
Helping the youth give meaning to their life, has become a strong pastoral approach in the heart of the Church. After the national youths days, the month of July in Garoua, the diocese of Yagoua left the organization of the various diocesan youth meetings to the appreciation of each pastoral zone. It is in this sense that the chaplaincy of the youth of Doukoula organized, from the 24th to the 26th of August 2018, in the parish of “Notre Dame des Lumières” (Our Lady of the Lights) of Touloum, a vocational camp having for subject of reflexion: "Speak, for your servant is listening" (1 Sam 3,10).
Out of the 8 parishes in the Doukoula pastoral zone (Djiguilao, Doukoula, Golonpoui, Guidiguis, Kalfou, Moulvoudaye, Tchatibali et Touloum), 35 young individuals participated. On Friday afternoon, day of their arrival, after their presentations, the chaplain, Father Thaddée Djonlai, Oblate of Mary Immaculate, introduced the programme: prayers, adoration, exchanges, accompaniment, sharing, testimonies of life, history of the congregations and evaluation. On Saturday, after the Eucharist and breakfast, the testimonies of an Abbot, a clergyman and a nun occupied the rest of the time. Abbot Gilbert, priest of the parish of Moulvoudaye, spoke about priestly life. Father Thadée acted as a clergyman and spoke about the oblate of Mary Immaculate. Sister Vedette Ndaokai, Daughter of the Holy Spirit, gave to the youth a presentation on the outlines of the history of her religious vocation and that of her congregation. Obviously, after each speaker, the youth could ask questions for more understanding: "What level of study is needed to become a priest or a nun? What is the training like?…." At all times the young people showed interest and expressed it to us by singing songs of gratitude and by other significant gestures. The afternoon was dedicated to personal accompaniments for those who wished it, to individual prayers with the possibility of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. At the end of each presentation, the youth were invited to reconsider the importance of prayer, of silence, of the re-reading of life as daily discernment, practices that lead to self-confidence, to God and in each person who can help to better orient one's life.
On Sunday morning, during the Eucharistic celebration with the parishioners of Touloum, the young people gave thanks to the Lord and invited the assembly to pray for the different vocations. As if to join the act to the word, the parish priest introduced the sisters who were there: Monique and myself; in doing so the young girls came to us after the mass… a happy time to talk a little bit longer!
Sister Vedette Ndaokaï, DHS - Published September 3, 1018