San Salvador, El Salvador. From March 22 to 27, the 6th Claretian Youth Encounter of Centralamérica Province, dubbed as R + FC, took place in El Salvador. It is a Claretian Family day celebrated in memory of the martyrdom of Monseñor Romero.

This year’s gathering was enriched by the participation of three representatives from the Congregation of Cordimarian Missionary Sisters (MCM) from Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico; as well as by the two Claretian Sisters from Panama and El Salvador. It was for them a heartening experience to have Br. Carlos Verga, General Prefect of the Youth & Vocation Ministry, around and to be close to them. His presence was a sign of a living and dynamic charism at the service of the Church, and a source of strength of their Claretian identity. Present also in the gathering were the Sisters of the Dominican Cenacle, their partners in the ministry, as well as the Missionary Sisters of St. Teresa, the administrators of the venue who at the same time shared their JPIC experiences and work to the participants.

One of the objectives of the gathering was to present what has been done already and the future plans for the WYD 2019 + Claretian family in Panama. Proposals and consultations were presented on how to organize the different contingents from the six countries under the Province, and to formulate better options in accommodating those who will be participating in the event from all over the world.

The 72 participants lived a great experience of fraternity. They have let themselves be confronted by the martyrial testimony of Blessed Romero, whose surrender to God was celebrated together with the Salvadoran people in a simple commemorative activity and with the Eucharist, moments of faith that enliven one’s missionary commitment with the people they serve,  especially with the youth.