Youth—Developing a Healthy Self before God was the theme of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish’s Lenten Mission which took place from Monday, March 5 to Friday 9. The guest speaker and retreat director was clinical therapist and traumatologist Hanif Benjamin. He is also the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Centre for Human Development Limited (TCHD) and Chairman of the Board of Management at the Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago.
San Fernando parish priest Fr Martin Sirju sought to target young adults (roughly from Confirmation teens to those in their 20s) as well as their parents/guardians, thus giving a voice to the many unheard issues that youth face every day within their homes and schools. Each night delved deeper into the ideologies of self-respect, fabricating identities, trauma and ways to develop healthy habits within ourselves.
“Understanding the vessel we carry—our bodies” and deepening an awareness of the domains of “self-respect” including the physical and spiritual self were the core messages of the first night’s discussion.