AMERICA/CHILE - Candidates for permanent diaconate in formation through virtual connection

Friday, 29 May 2020 evangelization   formation   media   the internet   coronavirus  


La Serena (Agenzia Fides) - In the midst of the difficulties the nation is facing, between social tensions and a pandemic, the school of deacons of San Lorenzo de La Serena, the entity responsible for forming candidates for permanent diaconate, has not stopped its activity and continued their online formation journey.
Meetings are held regularly from Monday to Thursday, using a virtual platform.
Father José Luis Flores, director of the Archdiocesan Diaconal School, speaking to Fides, referred to the challenge of starting activities in the midst of a pandemic: "At the beginning - he says - we listened to the news on the invitation to work from our homes, through telework, and also to teachers and students to give lessons online. This health situation has not only made personal relationships difficult, but also the life of faith, through participation and access to the Sunday Eucharist. The digital sphere offered us new possibilities. At the end of last year it was difficult to hold lessons or meetings in the midst of the social crisis".
In the Church the challenges posed by Covid-19 were addressed: "Therefore - continues Fr. Flores - we decided to start working online. The big concern was how to do it if we never use those means. We were skeptical and doubtful of this tool of distance learning. However, over time, we discovered that it is not a problem to acquire knowledge through the online environment. We realized that this option of using technology is possible, that there are no barriers to learning, to communication and that everything is done with a little adaptation, commitment…".
The priest added that "being together is Jesus' dream of building a world where everything can be better. It is important to be present to listen, pray, share our needs and sow hope", he concluded.
In Chile, various difficulties have arisen since last October. Social demonstrations and protests, movements of students and workers. In recent months, the uncertainty caused by the social epidemic and the consequences of the Coronavirus pandemic has changed the normal functioning of many different types of activities, in society, in the world of work, in the Church. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 29/5/2020)