An exciting new initiative for young people was launched by Bishop Ray Browne this weekend in the Diocese of Kerry. Ógra Beo is a faith based parish programme for post primary young people. It is a response to the concern expressed by parishes about the lack of involvement of young people and is a resource for parishes as they reach out to young people.
Prompted by the words of Pope Francis “young people are the windows through which the future enters the world. This means that we have to create the material and spiritual conditions for their full development” the Ógra Beo programme was developed to help create a sense of welcome and belonging for young people in our parishes. It will also enhance their lives of prayer and worship, provide opportunities for them to understand and live their faith and encourage them to reach out to people who are in need both locally and globally.
Ógra Beo is an opportunity for young people to participate in training workshops which will include: getting involved in the parish, learning to work as a team, developing leadership skills, prayer and reflection, meeting friends and having fun. Having participated in the training workshops young people will be enabled to identify and carry out an action in response to a need in the local parish. On completion of the Ógra Beo programme parishes will acknowledge and celebrate the commitment and gifts of young people.
Following this launch, training with Adult Leaders from around the diocese begins in Killarney on Thursday the 22nd of October. These adults will engage with young people at parish and pastoral area level. All parishes are invited to participate and all young people will be welcomed into groups.
Ógra Beo will be coordinated by the Diocesan Pastoral Team and will provide training and a Resource Pack for adult leaders in local parishes. Safeguarding Children policies and practices will be fully integrated into the delivery of this programme.
Further details: Bernie McCaffrey, 087 6484367, email: firstname.lastname@example.org