By Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News
Hospitality, prayer, and reflections on the call to share the gospel were part of a recent “come and see” introductory event for Project Timothy — a new mentoring and faith formation program in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon.
Launched in June as part of a new model of youth ministry in the diocese, Project Timothy focuses on discipleship and accompaniment. The new leadership development program is led by diocesan Evangelization and Mission Leader John Hickey and Sr. Marta Piano of the Verbum Dei Sisters.
The two leaders have been busy recruiting and preparing to mentor and accompany young adults who have a desire to share their faith and reach out to other youth and young adults.
The “come and see” event held at the Catholic Pastoral Centre resource library on Sept. 9 was the first opportunity for Project Timothy “to come close to each other, pray together and listen to our desires to grow in our leadership formation as disciples of Christ, willing to walk together and share faith,” describes Sr. Marta Piano. “We started with an interactive moment of prayer and John Hickey explained the why, the how and what of Project Timothy.”
She stressed that Project Timothy is aimed at young adults “willing to commit together in their formation in order to evangelize where the Holy Spirit leads them throughout the diocese of Saskatoon.”
In addition to those who attended Sept. 9, a number of other young adults have expressed interest in the program, and the team is still recruiting, with plans for a “called and gifted” retreat in October.
In the weeks ahead, Project Timothy participants will be invited to meet together twice a month “always with a moment of prayer, followed by faith formation and sharing,” says Piano.
Video introduction to Project Timothy: