25 March 2019

A formation course for young Vatican workers

The meetings will be an opportunity to enrich the spirituality and motivation of the young people working for the Holy Father, to set up networks and face together the challenges and hopes of the new generation of employees

The Holy Father with the Vatican Industrial Centre workers after the celebration of Holy Communion on 7th July 2017

The Labour Office of the Apostolic See (“ULSA”), together with the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, is organizing a formation course for young people up to 35 years old working at various institutions in the Holy See and the Governorate of the Vatican City State.  This will take place on two separate days, tomorrow 26th March and 2nd April next.

With the aim of following up on some requests made during the recent Synod of Bishops on Young People held last year and the Holy Father’s Letter of  Exhortation Gaudete et exsultate (Rejoice and be glad), more than 300 young employees will meet in the New Synod Hall to listen to and discuss the various themes related to working for the Vatican.  The purpose of these  two days is to enrich the spiritualty and motivation of young people working for the universal Church and to create a network among them as a working community.

During these two days, participants will listen to the testimonies of people working inside and outside the Vatican,  capable of conveying the sense of what it means to work for the Church and how to find the way to keep baptismal and professional vocations in unity. At the same time they will try to give an impulse to seeking a better life-work balance, in order to enhance the dignity of work and build a more human community.

In addition to listening to speakers’ testimonies, participants will also have the possibility of interacting among themselves, working in groups and getting to know the others’ work better, discussing issues related to each day’s topics.

Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery, will introduce the first day’s activities while His Excellency, Monsignor Corbellini, President of ULSA will do so on the second day. The course will end with an audience with the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who will also participate in the final discussions and celebrate the Holy Mass for all those attending.