Dads and Lads meeting
The Dads and Lads group meets in Preca Cottage, South Bend in USA. A number of fathers meet with their teenage sons and whilst spending time together, the fathers lead a faith formation programme.
The group of members that visited the United States participated in the Dads and Lads meeting held on 3 rd July 2016. The meeting kicked off with an informal session about Malta. This was followed by games and a BBQ. The meeting was rounded up with a formal session where all present shared their personal experiences that help in living out the faith.
Visit to USA
In June and July a group of members, visited USA and participated in activities held at the Notre Dame University, South Bend, Indiana. Between the 27 th June and 1 st July, three members participated in the NDU Vision Summer Conference for Campus and Youth Ministers. The theme of the conference was ‘Answering the Call to Mercy’. Two other members attended two MA Theology classes between 5 th and 22 nd July.
Participation in Together for Europe
Between 30 th June and 2 nd July, four SDC members participated in Together4Europe, an activity organized in Munich by the Focolare Movement. The theme chosen for this year was Encounter, Reconciliation and Future. The event started with a Congress where members from more than 300 Movements discussed different aspects of the chosen theme. The activity concluded on 2 nd July with an Outdoor Rally in Karlsplatz. More than 5000 people participated in the rally.
THE MERCIFUL SAMARITAN
On Saturday 4th June a new bronze sculpture showing The Merciful Samaritan was inaugurated at the Dar il-Ħanin Samaritan Conference Centre. The Superior General read the Parable of the Good Samaritan and afterwards member Tonio Caruana shared his reflections about the reading with all present. Mr. Mario Borg, the artist behind the sculpture, described how the original painting of Aimé Morot inspired him to create this image. Monsignor Lawrence Gatt blessed the new sculpture. As refreshments were served, all had the opportunity to appreciate this work of art.