To inspire the youth in South Sudan, Bishop Hiiboro reminded the young Catholics of Don Bosco’s ability to rescue boys from hardships.
“Don Bosco was and still remains patron Saint for those difficult things; he remains the patron saint for solutions,” the South Sudanese Bishop said and added, “Don Bosco found the young people in problems, he found the young people in difficulty, he found the young people going aimlessly and he decided to devote his time and his life to rescue them.”
After the challenging year 2020, the diocese has a “new way” of celebrating this year’s Don Bosco Commemoration, he said.
“This year 2021 in the Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio is the year of work, of constructions, of renovation, of renewal and therefore the youth ministry celebrating Don Bosco as their patron Saint would celebrate John Bosco as a solution to our challenges that face the youth of today,” he further said.
Advising the youth to imitate Don Bosco, the Bishop requested them to draw personal and institutional plans to be implemented in the New Year.
“Dear young people in the Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio, this year the celebration must take the path of which Don Bosco took,” he said and posed, “Are the young people in the Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio having any challenge? Do the youth in the Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio have any difficulties? Are they facing any specific social community diocesan problems?”
“In this celebration, I want to see your plan, I want to see your benchmark of what you want to do in this year of work,” he said and added, “The topic for our prayer is focusing on what are the challenges, what are the elements disturbing you as the young people.”
Bishop Hiiboro suggested that on St. Don Bosco Day, January 31, each youth in his diocese chooses three targets to achieve before the end of the year 2021.
“I want each of you to sit down and look at the challenges in your homes, in your parish, in your deanery; pick out one or two among them in this year of work,” the Bishop said and added, “As you are celebrating, you will be telling the Christian community in the Diocese about the solutions you identified for those particular challenges.”
He told each youth in his Diocese, “You will need to request the entire Diocese to stand with you in order to get solutions to those issues you will identify. I am going to stand with you a hundred percent in whatever you are going to choose and do this year 2021.”