The youth and vocation ministry encounter was held in Rome from the 18th of November to the 1st of December 2018. Bro. Carlos Verga, CMF, Sr. Lia, RMI and Sr. Elaine, MC organized the event, which was open for the participants from all the branches of Claretian family. There were 76 participants from 36 countries, comprising members from seven branches of Claretian Family. Fr. Jeganathan, CMF, Sr. Geraldine, RMI and Sr. Maria, MC attended the encounter from Sri Lanka.
The program had a variety of performances and innovative presentations from different resource persons who were from the General Governments of CMF, RMI and MC. The programmes were mainly based on the sharing of the participants, which was coloured by the different cultural aspects of this ministry.
The main focus of the encounter was on youth ministry, from which in many countries the vocation for Religious life is drawn. Therefore, most of the participants who attended were facilitators of different youth groups. Presentations on many activities carried out by youth from different parts of the world, and the present reality of youth today, were made. Thirteen days of encounter culminated with a cultural night that brought out the uniqueness of each culture.