After the Easter break, Fr Tommy joined the Resource Team in Malawi, which means that the SELL Team at Ungweru Organization-Youth Development Unit is now up to four persons. They are two Malawian young adults – Maria and Emmanuel - and two Irish priests
Looking towards the first training, which is due to take place in mid-July, the Team has carried out several activities which include the purchase of necessary items for the training, having materials for the first training available, lamination of workshop materials which will be provided to trainees and also a visit to the possible venue for the upcoming workshop.
The Team visited the Diocesan Pastoral Centre at Nkhatabay to check out accommodation and facilities and also to get a quotation for the use of the venue. The Team was happy with what they saw and decided to go ahead with making the booking.
After the visit to Pastoral Centre, the Team had lunch together and Fr Tommy had his first swim at Lake Malawi.
Meeting with the Diocesan Youth Chaplain
The Team had a meeting with the newly appointed Diocesan Youth Chaplain, Fr Benjamin Banda, on April 29. This was to introduce ourselves to him, help him to get familiar with the programme and to share ideas on how to work best together for the young people of the Diocese.
With regard to the programme, a number of issues were discussed. Among them were- selection of trainees; logistics for their transport to the workshop and accommodation; logistics for stepdown workshops in their communities; how parishes might be clustered for those workshops.
Preparing materials for printing
The Team is also going ahead with the preparation of materials for printing. Such materials, which will be for use during the training, are brochures, prayer cards, the Programme Manual, business cards and other handouts.