The Gospel Roads experience doesn't end on Sunday!
Once you walk the Gospel Roads, you'll be called to walk them all your life.
There are a number of opportunities for youth and young adults to continue their journey along the Gospel Roads.
Within the Gospel Roads program, young people can serve as members of the Young Team or Adult Team. Past participants in a GR program are eligible to apply for Young Team as long as they have graduated high school and are 18 years old by the start of the program they are applying for. As members of the Young Team, they will be asked to lead small group discussions, plan and lead prayer services, and participate fully in all other aspects of the program. Young Team applications are available each year through the Gospel Roads website.
Adult Team members consist of Directors, Co-Directors, and Chaplains. The Director is the overseer of the program - they are chosen by the Office of Salesian Youth Ministry based on their skills and past participation in the Gospel Roads program, as well as other ministries of the Salesians. Co-Directors are chosen by the Office of Youth Ministry in collaboration with the Directors based on the skills and talents that they offer each individual program. Chaplains are Salesian priests that participate in the program in a special way by offering the Sacraments (Mass and Confession), and serving as a Spiritual Guide throughout the week. The entire adult team is well-trained and experienced in running a Gospel Roads program. Normally, the Adult Team is chosen by the Office of Youth Ministry. Those adults that are interested should reach out to the Office of Youth Ministry.
We also have two great opportunities to volunteer for 1-2 years:
The Salesian Domestic Volunteers and the Salesian Lay Missioners are organizations that place volunteers to work with the Salesians in various ministries. The Salesian Domestic Volunteers offer 1-2 year commitments from young adults seeking to work with the Salesians in the United States or Canada. If you're looking to go abroad, the Salesian Lay Missioners serve youth all over the world. Learn more about these organizations at www.SalesianDV.org or www.SalesianLayMissioners.org.
Then, there are several options for a life-long commitment to service in the Salesian Spirit:
The Salesian Cooperators are lay people who have made a promise to live the spirit of St. John Bosco in their everyday lives, as teachers, nurses, youth ministers, accountants, architects, and more. To learn more about the Cooperators, please visit their website at Salesian.Ning.com/page/Cooperators.
The most visible members of the Salesian family are the Salesians of Don Bosco (Salesian Priests and Brothers, aka SDB's) and the Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters, aka FMA's). Working in schools, parishes, youth centers, and other various ministries, the Salesian priests, brothers, and sisters continue to carry out the work started by Saint John Bosco and Saint Mary Mazzarello. Learn more about the SDB's at SalesiansOfDonBosco.org. For more about the FMA's, visit SalesianSistersEast.org.