“Amunì” festival of volunteer

It took place on June 2 the annual Festival dedicated to the volunteers of Caritas of Agrigento and the Foundation Mondoaltro. “Amun” was the name thought for the day which for two years has been working with many people who donate their time and their skills to the service of Charity Church of Agrigento.

A name that indicates movement, never stand still, the continuous “on” that now for a couple of years accompanies the pastoral action of Caritas in the diocese.

The day was held at the “Casa San Luigi” Racalmuto and after introductory greetings of the Director of the Centre for Charity Valerio Landri and the contact person for the volunteer Simona Vella spoke Matteo De Pietro, Caritas of Reggio Calabria, that through a tale of diverse experience has focused attention on the ecclesial sense and human development of voluntary service at the local church.

After this speech the word is passed to some volunteers involved in the works and services of Caritas who described their experience giving a glimpse of the deep meaning of their service: the counseling center, the prison service, the European Voluntary Service, the night shelter, the service for foreigners … so many experiences all united by the desire to be “the hands of Christ in the world” (cfr. Pope Francis in the speech to Caritas Internationalis).

It concluded the morning Cardinal Francesco Montenegro, Archbishop of Agrigento, with the Eucharistic celebration. During his homily, the archbishop stressed the importance of being part of a pilgrim Church and of how important the role of the many volunteers is not only in proximity services to the poor, but especially in the animation of parish communities that They must hold at the center of their pastoral action the poor. He could not miss the reference to the Jubilee of mercy that we are about to experience: “Mercy does not have to talk, but we have to live it.”

The day ended with a convivial lunch that lasted until late afternoon which allowed the many volunteers intervened to live a moment of fraternity and sharing.