Over 200 young members and volunteers of the Order of Malta, from over 30 different countries, have come together for meetings and webinars, to share best practices, collaborate in their local and international activities, and discuss the future of the Order. These collaborations have been led by young members and volunteers who are very active, both in their own National Associations or Priories and in the international activities of the youth.
Launched by HMEH the Grand Master in Rome in 2013, under the auspices of the Grand Chancellor and Grand Hospitaller, a group of young members and volunteers explored how the Order can adapt and thrive in a fast changing world, and how the views of younger members and volunteers can contribute to its success.
At the International Seminar in Rhodes in 2014, a series of recommendations were put forward by the Vision 2050 working group, exploring how the Order can adapt and thrive in a fast changing world, and how the perspectives and experiences of the younger members and volunteers can contribute to its future. The recommendations have centred on increasing the active engagement of the youth, the establishment of common works of the youth across international borders, supporting their formation and spirituality, and providing the youth with representation at the centre of the Order.
With support and resources from Vision 2050, young members and volunteers considered the recommendations from Rhodes through the work of the youth, the National Associations and Priories, and the central structure of the Order. The charism of the Order and the discernment of vocations was a priority for the discussions and implementations undertaken. Individuals were selected to implement the recommendations from Rhodes.
Recommendations written by young members and volunteer involved in the meeting in London were presented at the Priors, Regents and Presidents’ meeting in Rome in February 2015, and the Hospitallers’ conference in Cologne, in March 2015.
The young members and volunteers have received support and guidance throughout this process from HMEH the Grand Master and members of the Professed, Members of the Sovereign and Government Councils, and from the National Associations and Priories themselves. This has allowed the young members and volunteers to develop the discussions with the support of their mentors’ knowledge and experience, and to continue with the implementation of the recommendations made in Rhodes.