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Sport unites seminarians, youths

Tournaments act as ice breakers, promote seminary awareness

Sport unites seminarians, youths
Football teams playing in the sports tournament
Fransiskus P. Seran, Dili
Timor Leste

July 13, 2011

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Seminarians are making new friends with youths from across Dili thanks to several team tournaments, currently being organized by St. John Mary Vianney Minor Seminary. Thirty-two teams from across the capital are taking part in the main football tournament, which ends on July 20. Basketball and volleyball competitions are also being held. “We hope these tournaments will help forge friendships among the young participants,” said Father Tiago Soares da Costa, the minor seminary’s spiritual director. Another aim of the event, he said, was to give young people, especially boys, a better idea of what a seminary is all about. “Those coming to the seminary for Masses are mainly young girls. So this sports tournament serves as a medium for us to open our doors to young people and let them know about the spirituality of priests,” Father da Costa said. One young soccer player Julio Baptista Ximenes, said the event had enabled him to meet many new people. “It has forged friendships and a sense of brotherhood among us all – both seminarians and local youths,” he said. A sportsman like attitude has also developed among many of the participants. “It is not about a cup or money, winning or losing. Friendship and brotherhood are the most important things for us,” Ximenes said. The team tournaments are also being held to mark the 2nd anniversary of the seminary, which was established on August 4, 2009. It now has 45 students from Baucau, Dili and Maliana dioceses, who are taught by two priests. Related Report: Camp boosts friendship among Catholics Parish Holds Soccer Competition To Promote Peace Among Youth
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