College Vinnies Conference Servant Leadership Day

17 February 2016 | General Interest

(Written by Social Justice Captain Emily Bradley, 11 Red)

On Friday February 12, the 2016 Social Justice and Liturgy Captains along with several volunteers came together for the second annual College Vinnie’s Conference Servant Leadership Day. Together, the team once again put their “faith in action” by not only speaking of good works, but also acting upon their words to minimise the effects of injustices within our society. The team consists of students varying from Years 7 to 12 who are dedicated to offering support to those in need by organising fundraisers as well as by raising awareness about issues that affect real people every day. Throughout the year, the team will work together to ensure that they carry the loving spirit of Christ within them and encourage others to do the same.

The day began with a Mass in the College Chapel held by Fr. Jude. During his homily, Fr. Jude used Pope Francis as an example of how we should strive to live our lives. He spoke about making small changes in our lives in order to live with humility and kindness. It was humbling to see the students really get involved in the liturgical celebration and take on board what Fr. Jude was telling them. Fr. Jude then gave the whole team, including volunteers, a commissioning blessing before the students moved to the Seminar Room for a general induction.

After recess, the conference had the privilege of spending two periods with the Youth Mission Team Melbourne (YMT), who led them in fun activities and prayer time. The activities allowed students to reflect on what their ideas of leadership were and what they could offer as servant leaders. The YMT volunteers were very insightful and helpful when it came to discussing ideas, ensuring that it was a safe space for students to express their thoughts. After they had participated in the activities, students were able to reflect on and explore the leadership qualities that they saw in themselves and each wrote their own personal prayer, which were laid in front of an image of Jesus as a symbol of surrendering themselves to Him and as a way to pledge to use their gifts to serve Him.

To conclude the Servant Leadership Day, the team held their first official College Vinnie’s Conference meeting. Each student was able to share their own ideas and discuss their passion for seeking justice. The day was a huge success and really inspired the conference members to put their “faith in action”! A huge thank you to Ms. Berardinelli, Ms. Dagmang and Mr. Burn for leading the day, YMT for helping the students understand what leadership really means, and finally to the students who made the effort to participate in the day and share their passion for justice.

“Extend mercy to others, so that there is no one in need whom we meet without helping” – St Vincent de Paul.
  

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