|Dell’animazione del bar sono incaricati coppie e giovani volontari che hanno un vero interesse nel far conoscere la bellezza della vocazione cristiana.|
VALENCIA, Spain, JULY 4, 2006 (Zenit.org).- The World Meeting
of Families, under way in Valencia, seeks among other things
to present to young people the beauty of being close
followers of Jesus Christ.
This is the objective of Café
Vocation.com -- as explained to ZENIT in this interview with
its director, Georgina Trias. Married and a mother of two,
Trias has a licentiate in religious sciences and Hispanic philology,
and is a specialist in advising educational centers and in
vocational orientation through Web pages.
Q: It seems strange to
combine the idea of a café with vocations. Where did
the idea of the Café Vocation.com come from?
café is a place where one can get together with
friends to talk about some subject; that is why vocation
and café make an excellent combination. This idea arose in
the United States when preparing for the World Youth Day
which was held in Toronto.
Some of the laity were
concerned to offer participants in the Day an environment in
which they could, on one hand, rest and socialize, enjoy
live music and be able to read their e-mail for
free, and also go to the sacrament of reconciliation or
spend a while in Eucharistic adoration to reflect more deeply
on the experience of those days.
The idea, a novelty
without a doubt, was very well received, and that is
why it was repeated in Cologne last year.
impressions did the café in Cologne leave?
Trias: During the
days that Café Vocation.com was open in Cologne, it was
visited by more than 16,000 youths.
They heard the testimonies
of bishops, priests, nuns and committed laity, and they returned
bringing more young people.
The café´s animation is the responsibility
of married couples and young volunteers who are really keen
to have the beauty of the Christian vocation known.
had more than 15 priests hearing confessions virtually the whole
time that the café was open and this in several
languages, to be able to receive pilgrims from various nations.
Q: And do you have proof that vocations arose thanks
to the café?
Trias: On the page www.vocation.com we
received thank you notes during the days of the café
and also in the following weeks.
On one hand, there
were not a few who, thanks to that visit, posed
to themselves the possibility that Christ might be calling them.
Moreover, several bishops and religious had left material on their
seminaries and houses of formation in the café, so that
those who were interested could contact them.
Q: Why have
a café at the World Meeting of Families?
Pope does not cease to remind us that the family
plays a primordial role for the transmission of the faith
to young people, and we are convinced, as he teaches
us, that the Christian family is the place where future
vocations to the priesthood and consecrate life will flower.
is why it could not be lacking. Thank God we
have been able to locate the café only 800 meters
from the site where events with the Holy Father will
take place and we will be open from July 4-8
on Avenue Baleares No. 2, in a Valencia hotel. Moreover,
we will have more than 80 volunteers, the majority youths.
Q: What has been the initiative´s reception among bishops?
Café Vocation.com seeks to be a service to the Church,
which promotes all vocations in the Church; I think that
the bishops who know our work, appreciate it.
editions of the café, some of them have come to
share their testimony and the history of their vocation with
those who visit us, and this is a great incentive
It would be enough, to be worthwhile, if
with this initiative one youth decided to take the step
to go to the seminary of his diocese or would
like to become a missionary or contemplative religious. Café Vocation.com
will also form part of the official program of the
2008 Sydney World Youth Day.