About ITO 2018
The International Meeting of Orthodox Youth in Sibiu will take place at the beginning of this autumn, and has been conceived as a national and international event. The beautiful Transylvanian town will host over 3000 young people, aged between 16 to 35 years old.
The International Meeting of Orthodox Youth in Sibiu will take place between 6 and 9 September 2018.
During these four days, Orthodox young people from all over Romania are expected to arrive in Sibiu, as well as Orthodox youth from several countries, such as the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, Greece, Serbia, Albania, Macedonia, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Turkey, India, and others.
The event continues the series of meetings organised in Baia Mare in 2013 and 2014, in Cluj-Napoca in 2015, in Bucharest in 2016 and in Iasi in2017.
ITO`s purpose is creating the context for young people to experience life-changing moments, a context where they can sense the feeling of communion, of belonging, together with young people from other regions, or from abroad. A place where they can share life orthodox- values and where they can become preachers of the Christian message, spreading it in their communities.
The goal of this event to be held in Sibiu is to provide a framework in which the young participants could find role models and undergo life-shaping experiences, in which they could experience the feeling of communion with other young people from Romania or abroad, in which they could share in the Christian Orthodox values and learn how to convey the Christian message to the communities they belong to.
THE YOUTH – THE LIVING FORCE OF THE CHURCH
Since the very beginning, young people have always been the living force of the Church, the ones who bring energy to the Church and to the liturgical life in every local parish. In an atmosphere of respect for the religious values of the other members of the community, the Romanian Orthodox Church, in general, and the one in Transylvania in particular, has developed a youth ministry based on the spirit of friendship and communion. The young Orthodox people need to know that the One Who brings them together and Who always will, is, first of all, Our Lord Jesus Christ, preached in the Orthodox ethos of the Resurrection, of Light and Happiness.
(†Dr. Laurențiu Streza, Archbishop of Sibiu and Metropolitan of Transylvania)
The Archdiocese of Sibiu – The Youth Department
The Youth Department within the Cultural Compartment of Sibiu Archdiocese was founded in 2006 with the blessing of His Eminence Laurențiu, the Archbishop of Sibiu and Metropolitan of Transylvania. Its mission is to provide young people with the chance to partake in the beauty of Christian Orthodox values, by involving them in volunteering activities (communication sessions, training sessions, workshops, trips, camps), by encouraging them to participate in the life of the Church, and by supporting the priests in their work with the young people belonging to the communities they serve.
The Sibiu Youth Organization (OTS)
OTS is a group of young people (students) that promotes traditional Romanian values. OTS means Friendship, Culture, Tradition and Faith. OTS organizes diverse activities: volunteering, trips, hiking, camps, conferences, Christmas carols concerts, religious activities (The Oratory of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Holy Liturgy responses).
The Romanian Christian Orthodox Student Association, Sibiu branch (ASCOR)
The Romanian Christian Orthodox Student Association, Sibiu branch is a student organization, whose mission is to involve young people in philanthropic and volunteering activities, to encourage the dialogue between faith and culture, to promote the Christian- Orthodox values in the academia, and to organize youth activities (cultural and musical nights, communication sessions, creation workshops, philanthropic activities).
Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu
Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu is the largest and most important university in Sibiu. The variety of study fields, the quality of the academic research and the significant number of students united under the same name make the university in Sibiu an important landmark in the national and international academic environment.
The Faculty of Theology
St. Andrei Şaguna Faculty of Theology of the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu is the oldest institution of this kind in the country. Established in 1786 as a Theological School and reorganized in 1811 under the leadership of Gheorghe Lazăr, it has been functioning uninterrupted until now. Between 1948 and 1990, under the name of Theological Institute of University Degree, it was one of the two Orthodox theological colleges in Romania. Since 1991 the faculty is part of the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu.
The Seminarium Transsilvanicum Youth Center
The Seminarium Transsilvanicum Youth Center is a youth association that carries out its activity in collaboration with the Youth Department of the Archdiocese of Sibiu, by providing support for Department’s activities (camps, trips, workshops, and youth meetings).
ITO 2018 Partners
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