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JESUSYOUTH
OCTOBER 2007

International Newsletter

Called
to be
A MISSIONARY MOVEMENT AT THE SERVICE OF THE CHURCH

different
THE RELEVANCE OF PRIESTLY AND RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS IN TODAY’S WORLD

DRESSED FORMALLY IN A SUIT WITH A METALLIC CRUCIFIX CLIPPED TO HIS POCKET, FR. JOSE PHILIP,
A JESUIT PRIEST SITS ABSORBED IN HIS LAPTOP ON A FLIGHT BOUND FOR MUMBAI, INDIA. He is a
visiting faculty for some top management institutes and also a part-time management consultant.
Meanwhile in a remote village in Silchur, in the North Eastern province of India, Fr. Lawrence
Kennedy sets off on a trek across the treacherous hills of Mizoram. He has to walk nonstop for two
days before he can reach the village where he will celebrate the Holy Mass with the poor villagers
who eagerly await his arrival. Across the border in Afghanistan, Fr. Lee Yoakom dressed in his
military uniform leads a prayer meeting 4,900 feet above a combat zone. An ordained priest, a US
Army Major and a Chaplain, his duties include saying Mass, preaching the Bible and catering
to the spiritual needs of the soldiers in his unit. North of Afghanistan, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan,

CONTD. ON PAGE 3
HEART TALK

“Where are we heading?” and “What will JY be like in 10 years’ time?”


are questions that have been put to me very often in the last decade. My
answer has always been a frank “I don’t know.” Certainly, 15 years ago I
could never have imagined such an international face for the Jesus Youth
movement. Ten years ago it would have been impossible for me to dream
of such Continental Conferences as the three we have just witnessed.
They were a great experience and continue to create ripples in South East
Asia, Europe and the Middle East even as we are looking forward to the
South Asia, North America and Asia Oceania conferences. So too, I could
never have thought in my wildest dreams that I would get to meet so
many young missionaries with hearts full of zeal for the Lord...
Undoubtedly, the movement has grown steadily and continues to do so –
from place to place, from country to country, coursing through cultures
and breaking through the barriers of language. Yet can a movement grow
mature and stay young at the same time? Interestingly, as I reflect on our
movement these days, I feel the Holy Spirit is doing just that.

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The movement began more than two decades ago with a focus on youth.
Many of us were drawn into this movement in our late teens and found
ACCORDING TO THE
our lives transformed. One thing that challenged us most in those early
EXPLICIT COMMAND OF THE days was the life witness of our elders who balanced successful careers
LORD, WE MUST IMPLORE along with the work of the Lord. The challenge remains, and down the
THE GIFT OF VOCATIONS, IN years our Lord has been repeatedly fulfilling and renewing His promise –
THE FIRST PLACE BY PRAYING ‘I will guide you step by step.’ Yes, God is faithful and continues to guide
UNTIRINGLY AND TOGETHER us in unimaginable ways.
TO THE “LORD OF THE I firmly believe that God is now directing us towards the next step. In the
HARVEST”. THE INVITATION IS initial years of the movement the majority of its members were youth and
IN THE PLURAL: “THEREFORE mostly unmarried. In contrast as we look around now, we see so many
PRAY THE LORD OF THE mature, trained people who are married and settled down. A few are
involved in the youth ministry it is true, but many of them are struggling to
HARVEST TO SEND OUT
find a platform where they can grow and which will support the life style
LABOURERS INTO HIS they live and enable them to continue to participate in the mission of the
HARVEST” (MT 9:38). Church. Almost all the continental conferences have had separate sessions
...IN THIS PERSPECTIVE, YET planned for families. When we have had similar gatherings of families
ANOTHER EXPRESSION OF earlier, the main purpose has always been to challenge them to be active in
JESUS IS INSTRUCTIVE: “IF the youth ministry. Through these continental conferences, however, we are
endeavouring to establish a specific identity for families – ‘JY Families’. This
TWO OF YOU AGREE ON
needs to be more than just a ministry. There is a need for ‘JY Families’ to
EARTH ABOUT ANYTHING become a movement of committed missionary families – not just for
THEY ASK, IT WILL BE DONE reaching out to youth – but to actively take part in all the missions of the
FOR THEM BY MY FATHER IN Church, particularly in the CCR.
HEAVEN” (MT 18:19).
Meanwhile, the significant growth of the JY Teens Ministry across the
THE GOOD SHEPHERD, world is certainly a sign of the Holy Spirit - and a call towards a greater
THEREFORE, INVITES US TO focus on Teens and Youth. Recent surveys reveal that 85% of those
PRAY TO THE HEAVENLY involved in any activity of the Church began before the age of 18 years –
FATHER, TO PRAY UNITEDLY another 10% before 21 years. Which means that it is practically
AND INSISTENTLY, THAT HE impossible to reach out to the youth if we don’t do it before they turn
eighteen. Our movement has always been strong in youth to youth
MAY SEND VOCATIONS FOR
evangelization - and now families too are becoming an integral part of
THE SERVICE OF THE CHURCH

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our ministry. Gradually, even as I pray for more labourers in His vineyard, I
AS COMMUNION. also see a defined co-ordinating system for Teens, Youth and Families
coming into place.

Message of the Holy Father At this moment though, I stand as always, amazed at the work of the Holy
Benedict XVI for the 44th World Spirit. Isn’t it beautiful, I ask myself, that we can grow mature and stay
Day of Prayer for Vocations. young at the same time?

Manoj Sunny
Jesus Youth International Co-ordinator
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Called to be different

This is part of an emerging phenomenon


witnessed by the Roman Catholic
communities around the world. Across
continents, Catholic seminaries and
convents are seeing a growing number of
men and women in their 20’s and 30’s
entering discernment - the official period
of considering a vocation. Very often
professionals, highly qualified
academicians and even empty-nest moms
are leading the way to respond to their
vocational call.
Gone are the days when seminaries or
convents were looked upon primarily as
Sister Rosario and three other Missionaries of ‘learning’ or ‘discipline training’ centres.
Charity sisters work hard, reaching supplies to The young today are serious about their
the needy and caring for the sick in this religious and priestly call and are not
erstwhile Soviet Republic. These are just a few reluctant to express their Christian beliefs
sample snapshots from the eventful lives of openly. The religious orders too have shed
over 137,000 Catholic priests and 776,000 their inhibitions and are trying to reach
women belonging to Catholic religious orders out to the youth, in the language of the
around the world. Across different geographic youth. This effort has resulted in the
locations and varied lifestyles, they make a explosion of what is best described as the
difference by being the presence of Christ, ‘cyber ministry’. Websites, blogs and even
daring to take stances that radically challenge professionally planned advertising
the values of the world. campaigns in the media are pushing the
conventional boundaries of vocation
Called to be Different promotions. “People are going to the
The young generation faces new battles today. internet to find answers about life, God,
Their battle is to rise above the ordinary and the Church.” says Sister Julie Vieira from
stand apart from the mad rush for luxury, Chicago who runs a widely popular blog
conveniences and pleasure. Their battle is to called nuns2day.wordpress.com. “I never
find a deeper meaning in their lives. In this thought of my blog as a form of ministry,
battleground, young Christians are opening and now I do” she says. Sites like
themselves to religious and priestly vocations www.savannahpriest.com and
and dedicating their entire lives for Christ. www.churchvocations.com have powerful
testimonials motivating the youngsters
“I got everything that I dreamt of at a very and connecting them to vocational
early age in life - a job with one of the best directors for discernment.
firms, recognition among friends, a great
salary, cool girlfriends, everything. But soon I It is interesting that the very pleasures
started looking further for something different, and luxuries of the world and the
something more challenging and meaningful in permissive societies themselves are often
my life” says Br. Anil who will be ordained a triggers that set off young people in
priest later this month. When he was 24, Anil search of a higher, deeper call in their
left a high-paying job with a top IT firm in lives. And quite often, it is the young who
Bangalore to enter a seminary in Kerala. dare to make an all out surrender to the
Likewise, Fr. Burke Masters, the Vocation Lord. “In an age where our primary
Director for the Diocese of Joliet in Illinois secular values are sex, power and money,
says, “I never thought I could be happy as a for someone to choose chastity,
priest, but now I can’t imagine doing anything obedience and poverty is a radical
else with my life. I am completely fulfilled and statement in itself” says Bro. Paul
love what I do”. Burke was once a baseball Bednarczyk, Executive Director, National
player and later worked in professional Religious Vocation Conference in Chicago.
baseball in the management side. That was It is as if you want to say, “I’ve given it
when he felt the call to be a Catholic priest. up, I’m different”.
A recent advertisement campaign promoting vocations

OCTOBER 2007 PAGE 3


The Bold JP2 Generation listener all rolled into one. A priest goes
Cutting across countries, most of the through in a day what many undergo in an
young priests and seminarians will entire lifetime. He is a channel of divine
joyfully name one person who with his grace. When people see a priest, they see
sheer charisma has inspired a whole the Church; they see Christ.
new generation to see Christianity and
religious vocation in a new perspective - New Launchpads
Pope John Paul II. He still remains the When leaders of the Neocatechumenal
most alluring personality for young Way, a powerful lay movement within the
Catholics across the world, inspiring Catholic Church, gave a vocation call in a
them through his youth rallies and his recently held youth rally in Loreto, Italy
contemporary interpretation of Christian about 2000 men and 1200 women stood up
values. The youngsters saw in him a to show their readiness to become priests,
religious leader who cared for them but nuns or consecrated people. The movement
more than that, a leader who could vibe claims that 4000 of their young members
with them. “Pope John Paul II stood for have already joined various formation
every Catholic, but especially for programmes.
seminarians and priests. John Paul II
taught the seminarians and the priests, who respond to a call to religious life. Today Post Vatican II, the Catholic Church has
how to be a priest” says Fr. Rosario. And there are over 160 such religious nuns witnessed a surge of lay movements and
this triggered a multiplying effect for across US alone. communities across the world. Prominent
the youngsters around the world who among these include the Catholic Charismatic
wanted to be like him. “He was the face The Challenging ‘YES’ Renewal, Communion & Liberation, Focolare,
of the Catholic priest around the world” Even as choosing and leading the life of a Sant ‘Egidio, Christian Life Movement,
declares Fr. Rosario. religious has come of age, the challenges Couples for Christ, Cooperators of Opus Dei,
faced in becoming bold and fearless etc. These movements, especially those with a
Another phenomenon is the growing ‘Fishers of Men’ have also become bigger. focus on the youth, like our own young
number of ‘consecrated lay people’ who Today’s priest does not merely sit and pray movement, the Jesus Youth, have been able
take the vows of Poverty, Chastity and in the Church the whole day; he needs to to reach out to a vast section of youngsters
Obedience and have a period of roll up his sleeves and do things for other for whom the Church was nothing but a
formation like regular nuns. More people. He is constantly adorning new ‘waste of time’. They have become platforms
interesting still is the concept of ‘Sister roles; he is an intelligent interpreter, a that help the young to identify their vocation
Moms’- widows and even married fearless advocate, a smart negotiator, a and encourage them to discern it.
women mostly with grown up children, passionate social worker and a patient “Movements like Jesus Youth help in

GLIMPSES INTO CONSECRATED LIVES


The beginnings: Every day after our family The beginnings: The simple faith of my
prayers, my family used to talk about our parish parents and their integrity had always inspired
priest, discuss his sermons and be inspired by his me. Later, in spite of my reluctance, God led
life - today I realize that God was sparking off me to a vocation camp during my High School.
His call through these times. The commitment of the priests I saw made a
Crises that strengthened my call: The first was deep impression on me. I was also touched by
my fear of darkness when I was a young seminarian and the the life of Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara.
reassurance that God gave me. The second, which came later was Some influences: My meeting with the Jesus Youth Full time
a time when I wondered whether the meaningful friendship I had Volunteers and their committed lifestyle became a turning point
with a girl was a call to marriage. But a spiritual father led me to in my life. Later I was part of a Jesus Youth cell group in
the beautiful insight that my call was to form deep, meaningful Bangalore where my decision was deepened and my faith
friendships with everyone around me. strengthened. I then went on to become a full time volunteer
Influences: The 40-day formation with the Jesus Youth Full time myself - an experience that changed me.
Volunteers convinced me that priesthood was the best platform My call: I often think of myself as the prophet Jeremiah. In his
for me to build Christ-centred relationships that transform lives. life we see his reluctance to accept his call- and yet we see the
Vocation: For me, vocation was not a fully formed call, but a seed fire in his heart that burns and makes him speak the Word of
that evolved in my life, grew gradually and is still in the process God. It is one book in the Bible that I have read over 30 times!
of blossoming within me. Today: I believe that God has placed me in Germany for a
Priesthood: Today, after 11 years of priesthood, I know that this specific purpose. Today my ministry is in the parish - especially
state of life is not about me possessing Christ but is about the among the youth here who are so rootless and confused. And
certainty of Christ possessing me completely. God is working wonders.
FR. CHERIAN NEREVEETTIL, Spiritual Animator, FR. AJY MOOLEPARAMBIL CMI, Assistant Parish Priest,
Sacred Heart Minor Seminary, Ernakulam, India St. Ludgerus Church, Schermbeck, Germany.
VOCATION CROSS QUESTIONS
PRAYER PACK Living the beauty and the challenges of a higher call

l Make praying for vocations a At what point in life did you realize that Is there some specific incident in your life that
part of your daily family prayer. you had a bend of mind towards a gave you a clear indication about your call?
l Choose five priests or different calling? Though I started feeling positive towards the
religious whom you know and Until the age of 23, I wanted to get call, I could not decide and kept setting it
make a lifetime commitment to married. I had dreams about my future aside. But one morning, during my post-
pray for them. l Encourage wife, children and home. The first time I graduation in Christian Medical College
discussions and reflections had a thought about priesthood was during Vellore, I was unusually touched by the
about priests and saints in the my final year MBBS. It came out of the blue reading in the Mass. It was about the image
family. l Help young people and and lasted for about 2 days. I met a priest of church as the body, with Jesus as the
children to meet and be inspired who told me, “It’s probably because you head and people as the various parts of the
by priests and religious. l are stressed about the exams. Forget about body. That initiated a dialogue within me and
Support young people in helping it and study”. But he also added, “If it is a at the end of it I felt He was calling me to
them to discern their call and true call it will come back”. commit myself fully for the Kingdom. As I
say ‘yes’. walked out of the Church, I had an
It came back again after two years and overpowering experience of an invisible
lasted for about 3 months this time. By presence beside me persuading me gently,
introducing the youth to the charming that time I started liking it and I changed “Why are you waiting? Why don’t you
personality of Jesus Christ” says Fr. Joshy my prayer. “Jesus”, I prayed, “if my call is decide? I have given you so many signs…”
Mayyatil from Rome. “Since a Jesus Youth to be a priest, show me the right I think that incident nudged me into an
comes in touch with the various realities of congregation (I was more keen on religious immediate decision.
the Church through training, mission and life) and if my call is to get married, show
exposure programmes, there are more me the right girl.” In today’s highly advanced world, what do
opportunities for serious reflections about you think makes a religious vocation and
the beauty of giving oneself for the cause of What were some of the influences that the presence of priests and religious sisters
the Lord and of the Church. A loving contact helped you explore this inclination more relevant?
with the Word of God and the habit of towards a different lifestyle ? Around us, we see some people building
personal prayer are also the factors that It was the CCR, that gave me a personal structures of greed, selfishness and
facilitate the listening to the call of the encounter with Jesus. The Jesus Youth exploitation and trapping others in it. In such
Lord” he says. prayer group in Kottayam Medical College a world when a religious takes the vow of
influenced me in deepening my poverty, leads a simple life style and
Every year, seminarians from various relationship with Jesus. I discovered considers people more precious than money,
orders attend the Jesus Youth Full time intimacy and fellowship there, intimacy he or she is building a counter culture –
Volunteers’ Training programme along with beyond blood relationships. I can also building structures of generosity, love, and
other youth. According to Fr. Joshy, think of a few individuals, who helped me goodness. Whenever I celebrate the Mass, I
“Seminary formators highly appreciate the discover my call - Fr. Gino Henriques am promoting love, sacrifice and other values.
impact that the Jesus Youth have on the C.Ss.R., Manoj, Julio, Priya, Aju, Binu and Whenever I am celebrating the sacrament of
lives of seminarians. That explains the some poor patients whom I came across Reconciliation, I am promoting forgiveness
significant increase in the number of and so many others. But my brother and healing. Whenever I help a struggling
seminarians who participate in JY training Shajichayan, had a great role to play in couple, I am strengthening the foundation of
programmes. Youth dynamics, innovative the whole process. In fact I used to think the society. In other words, in all these the
use of talents and media, healthy aloud and discuss a lot about it with him. Kingdom is breaking forth. So in today’s
interaction between opposite sexes, a confused world we need more religious and
lifestyle of prayer and commitment – all What were some of the difficulties and priests and of course committed families.
these can contribute positively to the challenges to make this decision?
empowerment of vocation to priesthood The greatest difficulty was the fact that How do you think we can make our youth
and to consecrated life”. usually people go for priesthood after 12th more open to encourage, pray and opt for a
standard. I could not understand at that religious vocation?
Deep within their hearts youth always have time why He was calling me so late. My I prefer to give a cheeky answer to this. Tell
a desire to do something unique, second struggle was to give up marriage. I them about the story of ‘Mathen’, and the
something above the ordinary. And what
love its intimacy. I love children. I love to transformation that a young man from
could be more extraordinary than living a
protect, to shelter and to comfort. So I Palestine brought into his life!
consecrated life carrying the presence of
wrestled with it for a long time.
Christ in today’s troubled times?
My biggest challenge after joining the FR. MATHEW ABRAHAM
seminary was to cope with a formation PUTHENCHIRAYIL C.Ss.R.
system that was designed for people who Fr. Mathew, fondly known among
join very young. There were times I felt his Jesus Youth friends as ‘Mathen’,
JUBIE JOHN was ordained as priest for the
A member of the JY Newsletter
that I had the call, but wondered whether Congregation of the Most Holy
Editorial Team, Jubie is the Director of I would be able to cope with the Redeemer on 30th April 2007.
Marketing with a healthcare staffing formation programme. He currently lives in Bangalore.
firm and is currently based in Cochin.

OCTOBER 2007 PAGE 5


CEFN LEA PARK, MID WALES, UK l 7TH TO 11TH SEPT. 2007

JY EUROPEAN
CONFERENCE
The picturesque Cefn Lea Hills in Mid also a nursery for the kids enabling the
THIRD IN Wales came alive with shouts of praise parents to fully participate in the
THE SERIES OF and joyful songs exulting the name of
Jesus as over 450 participants from UK,
programme.

CONTINENTAL Ireland, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and The speakers for the event included
Austria gathered for the first Jesus Youth internationally renowned preachers like
CONFERENCES European Conference. The third in a series Mark Nimo from Chicago, Michelle Moran,
of Continental Conferences organised by President, ICCRS, and Kristina Cooper,
ORGANISED BY Jesus Youth around the world, the Editor, Good News, UK, along with other JY
JESUS YOUTH European Conference was a unique and
grace-filled event. With a powerful theme
resource persons. Apart from the common
sessions on God’s Love, Sin and
AROUND THE ‘Love Beyond Borders’, the conference was Repentance, Evangelisation, and the
held at Cefn Lea Park, Newtown in Mid Scope of Jesus Youth in Europe; the
WORLD, THE Wales from 7th to 11th September 2007. individual sessions for youth included
topics such as current youth trends, the
EUROPEAN A unique feature of this Conference was challenges faced by youth, need for God,
CONFERENCE WAS that the entire event was held in two
different streams. Although there were
Lordship of Jesus and coming back to the
fullness of life. The individual sessions for
A UNIQUE AND some common sessions, by and large, the families focused on the Christian way
there were separate sessions for the youth of facing challenges in family life, the
GRACE-FILLED and for families. This made the programme covenant of love in marriage, call to live
rich and vibrant with lively discussions missionary lives, Lordship of Jesus in the
EVENT and meaningful interactions. There was family, need for reconciliation and the call

Rt. Rev. Edwin Regan, Bishop of Wrexham along with concelebrants during Holy Mass at the Conference
“I AM VERY HAPPY TO BE PART OF
THIS EUROPEAN CONFERENCE.
YOUNG PEOPLE HERE HAVE BEEN
EMPOWERED, CHALLENGED AND
CALLED TO A NEW RELATIONSHIP
WITH JESUS. THE POWER OF THE
SPIRIT HAS BEEN POURED UPON
THEIR LIVES. AND THIS IS WHAT
WE NEED; THIS IS WHAT EUROPE
NEEDS FOR PEOPLE IN TODAY’S
SOCIETY GENERALLY LIVE THEIR
LIVES AS IF GOD DOESN’T EXIST.
THESE YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE
BEEN CHALLENGED TO PUT GOD
AS THE CENTRE OF THEIR LIVES,
RECEIVE HIS LOVE AND THEN GO
BEYOND THEIR BORDERS - INTO
THEIR NEIGHBOURHOODS,
SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES - TO
REACH OUT WITH THE GOSPEL.
MAY THE LORD RICHLY BLESS THE
MINISTRY AND MISSION OF JESUS
YOUTH AND BRING MANY YOUNG
PEOPLE TO EXPERIENCE THE LOVE
OF JESUS.”
MARK NIMO, CHICAGO
INTERNATIONAL PREACHER

to love. The panel sharings and workshops gave


practical pointers to the participants on how they
could practise the input they had received. Rexband
ministered throughout the conference with their soul-
stirring music. The witness of the Rexband members
inspired many participants to use their talents for
God’s glory. Praise Night, Taizé Prayer, Inner Healing
and the prayer for the infilling of the Holy Spirit were
special times of grace.

Most Rev. Edwin Regan, Bishop of Wrexham celebrated


the Holy Mass on the third day of the conference and
spoke of the Holy Mass and the Sacrament of
Reconciliation as being the greatest sources of
healing. He also shared examples of saints from “IT WAS A GREAT “I REALLY ENJOYED “THE JESUS YOUTH
England who found solace in the Holy Mass and the PRIVILEGE TO BE BEING WITH ALL THE CONFERENCE WAS AN
Sacrament of Reconciliation. WITH YOU AND I JESUS YOUTH FOR THE EXCELLENT EVENT.
WISH EVERY EUROPEAN EVERYTHING WAS
Another high point of the conference was a Rosary BLESSING FOR CONFERENCE. IT WAS A REALLY WELL DONE
Procession to the Cefn Lea Hills. All the participants THE FUTURE OF GREAT PLEASURE TO AND INSPIRING.
made a solemn procession reciting the Rosary in
JESUS YOUTH. IT MINISTER ALONGSIDE REXBAND WAS
different languages, following which
Fr. Sebastian Arikat (Pastor, JY UK) led the group WAS A GREAT YOU ALL. THANK YOU AMAZING AS USUAL -
through a wonderful prayer session, committing every SOURCE OF FOR THE INVITATION, THEIR MUSICIANSHIP,
country in Europe to the protection of Mother Mary. INSPIRATION FOR WELCOME AND FAITH, TALENT AND
ME TO MEET YOU HOSPITALITY. I AM VERY ENERGY - WAS A
The conference concluded on 11th September 2007 ALL.” ENCOURAGED BY THE WONDERFUL WITNESS
with the Holy Mass celebrated in German by Fr. Ajy RT. REV. EDWIN WORK AND VISION OF TO THE LORD.”
Mooleparambil (Pastor, JY Germany). The homily was REGAN, JESUS YOUTH.” MS. KRISTINA COOPER
given by Fr. Sebastian Arikat, who urged the
BISHOP OF MS. MICHELLE MORAN EDITOR, GOOD NEWS
participants to grow in holiness and to love and work
for the Kingdom of God. WREXHAM PRESIDENT, ICCRS MAGAZINE

OCTOBER 2007 PAGE 7


“I WAS REALLY TOUCHED BY “WE WERE VERY HAPPY TO
THE PROGRAMME. THE TALKS SEE THE FOCUS GIVEN TO
BY MARK NIMO, THE PRAYER FAMILIES, CHALLENGING
SESSIONS, THE MUSIC, THE US TO LIVE MISSIONARY
CONFESSIONS, THE HEALING LIVES. IT WAS A TIMELY
PRAYERS AND THE REMINDER TO ’WAKE UP
ANOINTING SESSION - AND TUNE IN’ AS THE
EVERYTHING WAS HARVEST IS PLENTY AND
WONDERFUL AND GOD SADLY THE LABOURERS
REALLY TOUCHED THE ARE LAZY! THE WORD
HEARTS OF MANY. THE ‘METANOIA’ TRULY
PROCESSION AND THE RECHARGES US TO CHANGE
COMMITMENT CEREMONY ON OUR MINDS AND ACTIONS
THE HILL WAS ALSO AN TO REACH OUT WITH LOVE
UNFORGETTABLE EVENT.” BEYOND BORDERS.”
FR. GEORGE KUZHIPPALLIL ANIL & SUNITHA ISRAEL
AUSTRIA GERMANY

“‘LOVE BEYOND BORDERS’ WAS TRULY INSPIRING. THE CONFERENCE


GAVE A NEW DIRECTION TO MY SPIRITUAL CALL. MORE IMPORTANTLY
IT HAS HELPED ME TO SPEND PRODUCTIVE TIME WITH THE LORD AND
TO RESPOND ACTIVELY AS A JESUS YOUTH TO THE CHALLENGES OF
THE WORLD AROUND ME.” ALEX KURUVILLA, IRELAND

“THE HOLY SPIRIT IS REALLY “INITIALLY I HAD SOME


MOULDING, TRANSFORMING APPREHENSIONS ABOUT
AND USING THE YOUNG HOW THE PROGRAMME
PEOPLE THROUGH ’JESUS WOULD WORK OUT,
YOUTH’ TO RE-EVANGELISE ESPECIALLY THE SEPARATE
EUROPE. I BELIEVE THAT SESSIONS FOR FAMILIES
THESE YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE AND YOUTH. BUT NOW I
ACCEPTED THE CHALLENGES THINK THAT MINISTERING
OF THE TIMES AND ARE TO FAMILIES WAS A NEW
TRYING TO BE A SPIRITUAL BEGINNING FOR JESUS
CATALYST IN THIS YOUTH. NEXT TIME WE
MATERIALISTIC AND COULD DO PROGRAMMES
CONSUMERIST SOCIETY. I AM FOR KIDS AS WELL. JESUS
HOPEFUL THAT JESUS YOUTH YOUTH IS A BLESSING FOR
IN EUROPE HAS BEEN EACH ONE OF US AS THERE
IMPARTED GOD GIVEN GIFTS IS SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT
AND GRACE TO BE ‘LEAVEN FOR INFANTS, KIDS, YOUTH
ON THE EARTH AND THE AND FAMILIES.”
LIGHT OF THE WORLD’.“ SUNIL SIMON, UK
FR. PAUL VELLARACKAL, UK
“I WAS VERY
DELIGHTED, AND
IMPRESSED TO
BE IN THE
COMPANY OF
SUCH EAGER
STUDENTS. THE GROUP OF 24 JY
FULLTIMERS IN BANGKOK
SHOWED A GREAT SPIRIT OF
COMMUNITY, ZEAL, AND LOYALTY
TO THE CHURCH AS THEY SPENT
MUCH VALUABLE TIME IN PRAYER,
STUDY AND FELLOWSHIP. MY
THREE DAYS WITH THEM
RENEWED MY OWN SPIRIT OF
YOUTHFULNESS, AND MY LOVE
FOR THE LORD AND THE CHURCH.”
FR. FIO MASCARENHAS, S.J.,
INDIA, RESOURCE PERSON

FIRE-
Twenty-four young people, hailing training into action through
from eight different countries, two outreach programmes.
staying together for twenty-eight One was for the patients of a
days, with a single mission: a AIDS hospice and another for
personal zeal to get closer to a group of young kids
Jesus and work for the kingdom of attending a parish retreat.
God. That was the second Using music, drama, actions,

BRANDS
International Fulltime Volunteers’ interaction and love, the
Training programme held at the fulltimers were able to convey
Garden of Gospel Peace the message of Christ’s
Franciscan Retreat Centre in everlasting love in both the
Bangkok. The programme, which outreaches.
began on 9th July 2007, had 24
participants from several countries The participants were very

FOR
across the globe including United fortunate to have Fr. Abraham
States, United Kingdom, Germany,
United Arab Emirates, Pakistan,
Pallivathukkal S.J., Navin
Bruce Thomas, Baby Chacko,
JESUS YOUTH
India, Singapore, and Thailand. and Dhanya Paul mentoring
INTERNATIONAL
and guiding them FULLTIME
The 28-day training included throughout the programme. VOLUNTEERS’

THE
several aspects of Jesus Youth
spirituality, along with other
These people were also
backed up by a wonderful
TRAINING
activities and sessions to help array of resource people that 9TH JULY TO 4TH
participants prepare for their task came in from all over Asia to AUGUST 2007,
ahead. It started off with a three- help conduct the programme. BANGKOK, THAILAND
day retreat that helped the The resource team included
participants build a solid spiritual Fr. Fio Mascarenhas S.J.,

LORD
foundation for the rest of the Mr.Jude Antoine (Malaysia),
days. Following that, they went Dr. Edward Edezhath, Mr. Alex
through a rigorous training that Njavally, Mr. Leo Thaddeus,
included aspects of the Word of Mr. C.C. Joseph and
God, Church History, Mr. Manoj Sunny. One of the
Evangelization, Character key ingredients for the
Building, Integrity, the Power and success of the training was
Gifts of the Holy Spirit, Dramatics, the full hearted and
Photography, and many more. dedicated support of the after spending 28 days with each other, put aside their
During their entire stay in local team from Thailand. The differences of politics, languages, customs, traditions,
Thailand, the Jesus Youth commitment ceremony for the and come together united as a team with only Christ as
constants, lifestyle and 24 young missionaries was their centre and focus. Five of the participants are taking
spirituality were constantly held at the Bagna Campus full-time commitment for one year, while most of the
emphasized through daily Mass, Parish of Assumption others will be taking part time commitment, i.e. working/
Adoration, personal prayer, University, Bangkok on 4th studying 4 days a week and keeping aside the remaining
delving into the Word of God, acts August 2007. Several people days for activities towards building the Kingdom of God.
of kindness, responsibility and from JY Thailand were also Most importantly all have pledged to go wherever Christ
accountability, etc. present for the ceremony. sends them, to fulfill the mission of His Word, reaching
the hearts and souls of the entire world.
The young missionaries were also It was amazing to see
given a chance to put their twenty-four young people, SONY THEVELAKKARA, USA, PARTICIPANT- JYIFT 2007

OCTOBER 2007 PAGE 9


“To participate in the
training with 23 others from
different parts of the world -
each with amazing talents
and a great zeal and passion
for the Kingdom of God - was
an experience to cherish. I
am very glad that I made a
choice to attend this. I see
an evident change in me in
many ways; it has renewed
me both as a person and as a
“As time was “It was “I was disciple. Now for me to live is
short, the inspiring to blessed to be Christ and to die is gain.“
programme was see the zeal with this AJESH ABRAHAM, UK
hectic and of the vibrant group
packed. The participants to of young “The training helped me to
venue was apt dedicate and missionaries attain a broader vision for my
for solitude as commit their for nearly a ministry. It was a time of
well as lives for the month. Their renewal for both my spiritual
interaction. The group’s openness Lord. This young missionary force enthusiasm and zeal to share the and personal life. Through
and receptivity enabled them to is surely going to move and touch Gospel and their radical inner healing, I have become
grow as a cohesive group, with the the hearts of many youth commitment to build a new more open and gained self-
desire of giving the very best for worldwide through the power civilization has been an esteem. The testimonies of
the Kingdom of God.” of the Holy Spirit” inspiration for me.” my friends also helped me
REV. FR. ABRAHAM PALLIVATHUKKAL, GEORGE DEVASSY, THAILAND, NAVIN BRUCE THOMAS, grow in faith.”
PASTOR, TRAINING TEAM CO-ORDINATOR, JY SOUTH EAST ASIA CO-ORDINATOR,TRAINING TEAM JECKO GEORGE, UAE

“This was my first training “The Fulltime “The training made me “I had an amazing “During the training, I was
with Jesus Youth Volunteers’ Training take a fresh look at my time getting to challenged to re-arrange my life
International. What touched was a great experience life. During the retreat, I know the Lord in a in accordance to God’s will and
me most was the team’s warm for me, that changed learnt the importance of very personal way, plan. It wasn’t easy but at
welcome, genuine love, strong my life and my whole silence. It was in those and I’m falling in every step of the way, I knew
fellowship and deep concern person totally. Jesus quiet moments that I love with Him over that He was there guiding me
for each one of us. Working has given me the clearly heard the voice of and over again. Each through all my fellow batch
with different teams/cellmates strength I need to the Lord. The questions session revealed mates and the training team.
was amazing; it taught me the show people how whether I really love Jesus more and more I could encounter God through
importance of encouraging wonderful God is and and what I could do for about the person - personal prayer and the daily
and praying for one another to how great it is to walk Him struck me in a very Jesus and His ways Eucharist and adoration. I have
grow. I can convincingly say with Him. I can never powerful way and this of prayer, of love, now truly experienced the grace
that Jesus Youth is a platform stop thanking the Lord truly motivated me to take and of fellowship.” that fills ones life when one
where youngsters meet for choosing me to be this one-year TSENG XIAO YAN, starts each day with the Lord.”
Christ.” His disciple!” commitment. THAILAND ANNU PIUS, SINGAPORE
ANSIR ISHAQ, PAKISTAN ANNA BORN, GERMANY MEGNA ROBERTS, INDIA
Angels’ Army is a Jesus Youth
initiative, which helps parents to
bring up their children in
holiness and root them in
Angels’
Army
righteousness and in love for the
Church. This ministry helps
children, from the moment of
their conception till the end of
their childhood, to grow up as
Jesus did, in wisdom and in
favour with God and people.
Through the Word of God, Rosary,
Sacramental life and teachings of
the Church, parents impart the
traditions and values of the “I READ ANGELS’ ARMY. IT HAS HELPED ME TO LEARN A LOT ABOUT
Church. The ministry is open to SAINTS, LIKE ST. MARCELINO, ST. CLARE OF ASSISI, ETC. I CAN IMAGINE
all children up to the age of THEIR WORDS IN MY HEAD. THERE IS A LOT OF FUN THROUGH PICTURE
twelve. STORIES AND IT IS INTERESTING. I LOVE ANGELS’ ARMY.”
MARIA, 3RD GRADER, USA
The seeds of this ministry were
sown in December 2003, when a
group of Jesus Youth members A CHRISTMAS GIFT
began a chain rosary to pray for Advent is a special time. Through the Angels’ Army magazine,
the Catholic Church and for the parents help children prepare for the birth of Jesus through
repentance of people around the prayers and good deeds. During the days of Advent, small acts of
world. A thought originated kindness and prayer are prescribed to symbolically prepare a
among some like-minded swaddling cloth for Baby Jesus. Over the years many have benefitted
people in the group to pray for from this activity which helps children imbibe the true spirit of
children and to begin a ministry Christmas despite the worldly festivities and celebrations. Check out
for them. Most Rev. Thomas the Downloads Section of the Jesus Youth website to find out more.
Chakiath (Auxiliary Bishop of
Ernakulam-Angamaly
Archdiocese) officially launched “OUR CHILDREN WERE 4 AND 3 YEARS OLD WHEN WE GOT TO KNOW ABOUT ANGELS’ ARMY. FOR THE PAST
the ministry on 6th June 2004.
ONE YEAR, THE CHILDREN HAVE BEEN PRAYING THE ROSARY ALMOST REGULARLY WITHOUT FAIL. LAST
Angels’ Army has now spread CHRISTMAS WHILE MAKING THE ‘CRIB OF GOOD DEEDS’, ONE OF THE GOOD DEEDS INVOLVED GIVING CLOTHES
throughout Kerala with about TO THE POOR. TO OUR SURPRISE, THE CHILDREN SELECTED THEIR BEST CLOTHES TO GIVE TO THE POOR. FROM
20,000 families as part of it. EXPERIENCE, WE KNOW THAT ANGELS’ ARMY IS A VERY EFFECTIVE TOOL IN THE FAITH FORMATION OF
The ministry continues to CHILDREN.” JAMES & NISHA, UAE
expand to other countries
around the world. A core team
of six families is involved in the “I have always wanted my children to “While expecting my fifth
co-ordination of this ministry. grow in holiness and I used to wonder child, I was admitted in
Recently a central team was about what kind of spiritual formation the hospital with some
formed, comprising of sixteen would be the best for them. In 2003 critical complications
families from different parts of during the chain Rosary, the Spirit during the fourth month
Kerala. Fr. Varghese Manavalan constantly prompted me to take some of pregnancy. During the
and Sr. Amanda SH are the initiative for the spiritual formation of night, I was not able to
Animators for the ministry and children. Although there were a lot of thoughts coming up sleep and I felt like saying the Rosary. My
Alice Mathew is the current Co- in my mind, I did not know how to discern or implement it. thoughts were full of all the children in the
ordinator. At this point, we were told by a woman of prayer, who did world and I started praying for them. The
not know anything about our thoughts, not to ignore the Holy Spirit also prompted me to pray for all
An Angels’ Army magazine is promptings given by the Holy Spirit. This was a the children lost through miscarriage and
published every quarter with a confirmation for us. It also gave me the courage to share my those abandoned by the cruel act of
circulation of 20,000 in thoughts with a couple of my friends in the Jesus Youth, abortion. I was truly able to experience the
Malayalam and 5,000 in who immediately started praying with us to get a clearer pain and sorrow of these losses and I could
English. In India, there is no picture about what we were supposed to do. Later on, not stop my tears. Early next morning I felt
subscription fee for the through Mass and intercession, God gradually revealed a deep sense of peace. Later the doctor
Malayalam copy. From the very how through the Scriptures, the Rosary and the lives of came to inform me that my child had
beginning, the Lord has saints, children could be equipped and encouraged to pray passed away during the night. Inspite of
provided the means to continue and resist the evil one. At first we thought we could this, I was able to thank and praise God
the printing of the booklet practice this within a small group of families. But as we with my whole being. It was during those
through contributions/ spoke to Jesus Youth leaders, we were encouraged not to days that God sowed the first seeds of this
benefactors. To download a soft limit ourselves but to try and reach out to as many families ministry - Angels’ Army - in my heart. As I
copy of the magazine, please as we could. When Bishop Thomas Chakiath (Chairman, look back, the Lord has worked marvellously
visit www.jesusyouth.org. KCBC Charismatic Commission) was approached in this in bringing this ministry to this stage and I
To subscribe for the same, regard, His Excellency’s immediate reply was - “This is very fully know that it is not because of any
please send a mail to important for our Church these days”. Now we see that God human ability but by His grace alone.”
angelsarmy@jesusyouth.org has led us through ways we had not even dreamt of.” ALICE MATHEW, ERNAKULAM
PREETHA JOSEPH, TRIVANDRUM

OCTOBER 2007 PAGE 11


JY MIDDLE EAST
CONFERENCE

The Holy Land – the land where Jesus lived, Preparing themselves for this spiritual quest, all
preached, performed miracles, shed His blood the participants underwent a 40-day spiritual
on the cross and rose up from the dead in preparation which included fasting, intercession,
glory. This place has a special significance for reading and reflecting on the Word of God, and
HOLY LAND all Christians and it remains a dream for most partaking in the Sacrament of Reconciliation
to visit this land at least once in their before leaving for Jerusalem. Various reading
lifetime. materials on the significant pilgrim places were
JERUSALEM prepared and widely distributed. Special
Over 180 Jesus Youth from six different Gulf preparatory programmes based on these materials
14TH - 20TH countries - UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, were organised in many countries across the
Qatar and Saudi Arabia - realized this long- Middle East. The JY Middle East Team worked for
SEPTEMBER cherished dream as they came together for over a year to organise this event.
the JY Middle East Conference held in
2007 Jerusalem from 14th to 20th September 2007. The days of the pilgrimage saw the group which
included four priests (Fr. Varghese Chempoly -
THE PILGRIMAGE Pastor, JY UAE, Fr. Joseph Edappulavan - Spiritual
A four-day pilgrimage of the Holy Land was Director, JY Kuwait, Fr. Andrews Francis, Qatar and
organised before the three-day conference. Fr. Siby Puthiyodam, Dubai) traverse through
Nazareth, Cana and Mount Nebo in Amman,
Jordan where Moses saw a view of the Promised
Land. The participants attended Mass at Cana -
the place where Jesus performed his first
miracle - celebrated by one of the priests of the
group. During this Eucharistic Celebration, all
the Jesus Youth couples renewed their marriage
vows. It was also a delight to witness a local
wedding at Cana. The group had their share of
fun too. Floating on the Dead Sea was an
indescribable experience for many.

On the third day, the pilgrims visited the


Annunciation Church in Nazareth, the Sycamore
Tree that Zacchaeus climbed to see Jesus and
the Mount of Beatitudes. The group participated Mr. Salvatore Martinez
in a Mass celebrated there. One child participant
was indeed blessed to receive his First Holy
Communion at this hallowed place. A visit to the THE CONFERENCE “MY FAITH
house of Peter, a boat ride across Galilee, the The Conference took place at Hotel WAS
Nativity Church at Bethlehem, the Assumption Bethlehem in Bethlehem. Salvatore DEEPENED ON
Church and a visit to the river Jordan were also Martinez, President of an Italian SEEING THE
special moments of grace. One of the youth movement called ‘RnS’, FAITH
participants received the Sacrament of Baptism conducted the introductory session of EXPRESSED BY
in the river Jordan. the conference. Separate sessions THE YOUTH
were conducted for the youth and the WHILE
One of the most touching days of the pilgrimage families. The sessions for families VISITING THE
was the one spent in Jerusalem City. As the focused on inspiring them to become PLACES OF BIRTH, LIFE AND THE
group travelled through the Garden of more missionary in their lifestyle and SAVING ACTIVITIES OF JESUS. THE
Gethsemane, the High Priest’s House, the steps outlook. The youth were given STATIONS OF THE CROSS CONDUCTED
where Jesus walked, the place of scourging of different input sessions challenging SO DEVOUTLY IN SPITE OF THE
Jesus – the suffering endured by Jesus for us them to make a deeper commitment DISTURBANCES ON THE WAY FROM
came alive for the pilgrims. But the true high to Christ in their lives. Separate NON BELIEVERS AND BUSINESS
point was walking the ‘Via Dolorosa’ (the Way of sessions were held for children PEOPLE IS ONE OF THE MANY THINGS
Suffering). About 4-5 kms in length, it begins participating in the Conference. THAT TOUCHED ME MOST DEEPLY. THE
from the house of Pilate and cuts through a busy JOY AND THE FEELING OF FULFILLMENT
marketplace known for anti-social elements. As The sessions on the second day of the OF THE DREAM TO VISIT THE HOLY LAND
the pilgrims made their way to Calvary along this Conference were dedicated to ‘Telling SEEN ON THE FACES OF SO MANY
narrow path, they were shoved, stepped upon the story of Jesus in Asia in the YOUNG PEOPLE MADE ME VERY HAPPY.”
and hit by the crowd milling around them. This context of Middle East’. A ‘Praise FR.VARGHESE CHEMPOLY,
was a life-changing experience for many as the Night’ led by Covenant Singers was a PASTOR, JY UAE
pilgrims got a taste of what Jesus would have time to rejoice in the Lord and
experienced on the way to Calvary. Many could celebrate our faith. The resource
not control their tears as they reached the tomb team for the event included Rev. “THE
where Jesus was laid to rest. The pilgrimage was Fr.Varghese Chempoly OFM, CONFERENCE
a moving experience for all and it provided a WAS A RE-
great impetus for the Conference which began DISCOVERY OF A
that night with a Taize prayer. SPECIAL
CHARISM OF
JESUS YOUTH, ITS
WORK AMONG
The UAE Music Ministry - Covenant Singers - leading MIGRANTS. THE
the participants into a time of worship FEW HUNDREDS THAT GATHERED WERE
ALL MIGRANTS WITH A MISSION. FOR ME
PERSONALLY, IT WAS ALSO AN
OCCASION TO RE-INVENT THE AGE-OLD
FAITH BUILDING DYNAMICS OF
PILGRIMAGE. SO MANY VISITS, MOMENTS
OF PRAYER, NEW ENCOUNTERS WITH
HISTORY - YES! I WISH MODERN MAN
HAD MORE OCCASIONS FOR
PILGRIMAGE.”
DR. EDWARD EDEZHATH,
ANIMATOR, JY INTERNATIONAL TEAM

OCTOBER 2007 PAGE 13


“BUT AS FOR ME, HOW “IT WAS A MIRACLE TO ATTEND
WONDERFUL TO BE NEAR GOD, TO THE CONFERENCE ALONG WITH
FIND PROTECTION WITH THE MY FAMILY. PRIOR TO THE
SOVEREIGN LORD AND TO CONFERENCE WE STARTED
PROCLAIM ALL THAT HE HAS DONE READING THE PREPARATION
- PSALMS 73:28. THESE WERE THE MATERIALS AND TOOK A
WORDS WHICH STRUCK ME AS I DECISION TO ATTEND DAILY MASS.
WAS PREPARING FOR THE MIDDLE AS THE DAYS OF THE PILGRIMAGE
EAST CONFERENCE 2007. TRULY, APPROACHED, WE FELT THAT OUR
THE WORD OF GOD WAS WORKING DAILY PERSONAL AND FAMILY
IN MY LIFE AS WE WENT THROUGH PRAYERS WERE NOT ENOUGH. SO
THE SIX DAYS OF THE CONFERENCE. FROM 1ST SEPT. ONWARDS, WE
“M.E.C. WAS AN EYE IT WAS A BLESSING TO BE PART OF STARTED RECITING THE ROSARY
OPENER FOR ME; IT THIS EVENT. THE TALKS GIVEN BY AND READING THE FOUR GOSPELS
CHALLENGED ME TO SOME OF THE RESOURCE PERSONS FROM 3.00 AM TO 4.00 AM. WE
THINK DIFFERENTLY AND OUR DISTINGUISHED GUEST - ALSO BEGAN RECITING THE
ABOUT OUR VISIONS MR. SALVATORE MARTINEZ - MADE DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET DAILY IN
AND GOALS IN UAE. ME REFLECT ON THE LOVE AND OUR FAMILY PRAYER. BEFORE THE
THE EXPERIENCE ALSO FRIENDSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST. THE LAST DAY, WE GOT A CHANCE TO
REJUVENATED ME TO PILGRIMAGE LED US THROUGH A MAKE A GOOD CONFESSION
CONTINUE WITH MY DEEPER REVELATION OF THE LIFE AFTER A LONG TIME. THUS WE
MISSION FOR JESUS AND LIFESTYLE OF JESUS. EACH WERE READY FOR THE
YOUTH. WE SHOULD PLACE HAD SOMETHING TO TELL US PILGRIMAGE IN ALL ASPECTS. ALL
Dr. Edward Edezhath, Manoj Sunny, HAVE SUCH ABOUT THE DIVINITY OF JESUS, AS THIS SPIRITUAL PREPARATION
Raiju Varghese and Renny Njarakulam. CONFERENCES AT WELL AS ABOUT THE HUMANITY OF HELPED US TO BE CLOSE TO JESUS
Apart from music and audio-visual LEAST ONCE IN TWO JESUS. WE COULD FEEL THE JOY OF WHEN WE MADE OUR
YEARS.” GEO, OUR LORD WITHIN US.” PILGRIMAGE.” SUMOL PIOUS,
presentations, there were also video
ABU DHABI, UAE RENJU.C, KUWAIT RUWI, OMAN
presentations by country
representatives to inform and update
the participants about the JY activities
in their region.

Another notable event during the days of


the Conference was the re-constitution of
the JY Middle East Team. After prayer and
discernment, a new team was selected
with Julius Antony from UAE as the Co-
ordinator and Sebastian Joseph from
Bahrain as the Asst. Co-ordinator. The
new team was prayed over and anointed
during the Conference.

The Middle East Conference has set the


hearts of all the participants on fire
with a zeal to witness Christ inspite of
numerous obstacles and problems.

“ORGANISING THE MIDDLE “ALTHOUGH IT HAS BEEN MY “I COULD SEE HOW GOD
EAST CONFERENCE WAS A CHILDHOOD DREAM TO VISIT WAS HELPING US
CHALLENGE. IT IS ONLY THE HOLY LAND, I KNEW I FULFILL OUR DREAMS.
GOD’S GRACE THAT MADE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO THE IMPACT OF A
THIS CONFERENCE A AFFORD IT, AS I HAD NOT POWERFUL
SUCCESS. NUMEROUS RECEIVED MY SALARY FOR INTERCESSORY
PEOPLE HAVE PUT IN A THE PAST THREE MONTHS. NETWORK WAS
LOT OF EFFORT, TIME, HOWEVER I SHARED THIS EVIDENT THROUGH THE
MONEY AND OTHER DESIRE WITH MY NON- FLOW OF GRACE
RESOURCES FOR HIS CHRISTIAN ROOMMATE WHO EXPERIENCED BY ALL
GLORY. THIS CONFERENCE WORKS AS A LABOURER. IT THROUGHOUT THE
WAS DEFINITELY A WAS UNBELIEVEABLE WHEN PROGRAMME. I AM
TURNING POINT FOR HE OFFERED ME THE CONVINCED NOW, THAT
JESUS YOUTH IN THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT THE TIME HAS COME
MIDDLE EAST AND I PRAY REQUIRED TO MAKE THIS FOR JESUS YOUTH TO
THAT OUR LORD MAY PILGRIMAGE. I PRAISE GOD START TAKING RISKS
GUIDE US TO BUILD HIS WHO CARES FOR EACH ONE FOR THE
KINGDOM HERE.” OF MY HEART’S DESIRES, EVANGELISATION OF
JUTTAS PAUL, QATAR HOWEVER SMALL OR ASIA.”
FORMER JY MIDDLE EAST IMPOSSIBLE.” BIJI SANTOSH,
CO-ORDINATOR ROY, FUJAIRAH, UAE SHARJAH, UAE
GLOBAL NEWSWATCH

Youth Retreat, Chicago, USA Leaders’ Training, Sydney, Australia ‘Mochanam 2007’, Ghala, Oman

USA n ‘Mochanam 2007’, Ghala n Leaders’ Training, Sydney


n ‘Penuel’ Retreat 2007 ‘Mochanam 2007’ - a retreat in Malayalam for A training programme for 50 leaders from
A Jesus Youth retreat was conducted at the youth was conducted in the Ghala parish from different parts of Australia and New Zealand
Mary Immaculate Centre near Allentown 12th to 16th October 2007. Youth from different was held from 16th –19th August 2007 at
from 15th to 18th August 2007. Fr. George parts of Oman participated in the retreat. Shaji Elanora Conference Centre, Sydney. The
Kumblumootil led the retreat, with Biju Scaria from Kerala, India was the main programme, animated by Dr. Edward
Malayatoor and Hector Lewis helping out resource person for the event. Edezhath and Manoj Sunny, focused on
with the music. There were 85 participants. Binoy Xavier helping the participants to learn new skills
n Retreat, Chicago KUWAIT and techniques to spread the Word of God.
A retreat took place at Bishop Lane Retreat n Joy Family Meet, Brisbane
n Programme for Leaders
Centre, Rockford, IL. Over 80 High School Dr. Edward Edezhath animated and
A programme for JY leaders was organised on
students attended the programme. It was conducted a family gathering at the
11th August 2007 at the Holy Family Cathedral
led by Fr. George Kumblumootil. St. Ignatius parish on 1st September 2007.
to discuss the current activities and to facilitate
Jyothni Malaickal n Arrival of WYD Cross, Sydney
better co-ordination. During the Mass later in
Jesus Youth along with thousands of local
GERMANY the day, the core teams for the Salmiya and
youth packed the Tumbalong Park, Sydney on
n ‘Shine Anew’, Boppard Cathedral Parishes were prayed over and
1st July 2007 to welcome two symbolic icons
A JY retreat ‘Shine Anew’ was conducted anointed.
of the World Youth Day journey - the Cross
from 17th - 19th August 2007 at St. Carolus, Mahesh Peter and Our Lady’s Icon.
Boppard. The retreat, attended by 40 AUSTRALIA n Couples’ Camp, Forest Edge
participants, was conducted in German by
n ‘Friends of JY’ Dinner, Melbourne Six couples along with their children came
Fr. Fritz May. The theme of the retreat was together from 24th - 26th August at Forest Edge
A dinner was organised on 13th August 2007
“Look to him, and be radiant” (Psalm 34:5). to interact and grow deeper in the love of
at Melbourne for friends and supporters of
Anil Israel Jesus as a family. Rev. Fr. John Aravankara and
Jesus Youth. Eminent guests included Most
OMAN Rev. Christopher Prowse - Auxiliary Bishop of Dr. Edward Edezhath conducted this camp.
n Leaders’ Training, Sohar & Ghala Melbourne, leaders of the Catholic Mayrose Pius
In continuation of the series of leaders’ Charismatic Renewal, leaders and Chaplains CANADA
training programmes across Oman, a training of universities. The purpose of the dinner
n Jesus Youth Retreat
was held in Sohar on 31st August 2007 and in was to bring together the friends of Jesus
From 20th to 22nd July 2007, Fr. George
Ghala on 9th and 10th October 2007. There were Youth, along with Manoj Sunny and
Kumblumoottil conducted a Spirit-filled
over 80 participants in Sohar and about 35 in Dr. Edward Edezhath, to deepen the vision of
retreat, accompanied by Biju Malayatoor. The
Ghala. The theme of the training was ‘Know the movement and strengthen the
retreat helped the participants to re-commit
your God’. relationship with the Church and CCR. their lives to Jesus.

‘Shine Anew’, Boppard, Germany Leaders’ Programme, Kuwait JY Retreat, Canada

OCTOBER 2007 PAGE 15


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Fellowship Gathering, Auckland, New Zealand ‘All4Him’ Praise & Worship, Canada Jesus Youth National Team, UK

n ‘All4Him’ Praise & Worship n JY Initiation Programme, Christchurch UK


“All4Him” - an evening of Praise & Worship, About sixty youth and young couples n JY National Team Re-constitution
was organised by the budding young leaders participated in a JY Initiation Programme The Jesus Youth National Team for UK was
of JY Canada along with youth from other organised at Christchurch on 20th August re-constituted during a three-day gathering
parishes and Christian denominations. The 2007. Dr. Edward Edezhath and Rajesh held from 26th - 28th Oct. 2007 at the Blessed
event which included songs, skits and dances, Thalappillil were the key resource persons Sacrament Parish Hall, Liverpool. About 60
was held on 22nd September 2007. for the day. Besides meeting the local youth Jesus Youth from various parts of UK gathered
Sindhu Michael ministry, they also had the privilege of for the discernment process co-ordinated by
meeting Most Rev. Barry Jones – Bishop of Fr. Sebastian Arikat and Manoj Sunny. An eight-
UAE member National Team was elected with Sibi
Christchurch. As a result of the programme,
n ‘Way of Life’, Sharjah a new prayer group has also been initiated. Joseph as the Co-ordinator and Joby Thomas
JY Sharjah conducted a one-day programme Soji K. Joseph as Assistant Co-ordinator. Fr. Sebastian Arikat
‘Way of Life’ for young adults on 27th July 2007. will continue as the Pastor and Sr. Ancilla and
There were 800 youngsters aged 18-28. Six INDIA Dr. Julio as the Animators. For the first time in
zonal JY prayer groups have been initiated in n ‘Campus Conference 2007’, Ernakulam JY history, a service team for JY families was
Sharjah since the programme. Over 800 JY Campus leaders from about 200 selected with 5 couples. Vinitha and Joby
n English Prayer Group, Abu Dhabi colleges across Kerala came together for Michael are the co-ordinators for this stream.
A Jesus Youth prayer group in English has been ‘Campus Conference 2007’ held at St. Teresa’s A nine-member core team under the co-
initiated in the Abu Dhabi Parish. The group College, Ernakulam from 24th to 28th August ordinatorship of Abhi Thomas was also
was officially inaugurated by the Parish Priest 2007. As a fruit of the Conference, new prayer selected for the Youth stream.
Fr. Savari Muthu on 29th September 2007. groups have been initiated in many colleges Sibi Joseph
n ‘Adayalam’, Fujairah and there has been a resurgence of passive
Over 400 youth from Fujairah, Kor Fakhan and campuses.
other areas gathered for a youth outreach n Maharashtra Leaders’ Gathering, Nagpur
programme ‘Adayalam’ conducted in Fujairah Over 50 leaders from five regions in
on 7th September 2007. Maharashtra - Mumbai, Pune, Chanda, Nasik
n ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’, Sharjah and Nagpur came together at Nagpur on 18th
‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’– a youth outreach August 2007 to discuss and envisage a vision
programme was conducted on 24th August of growth for Maharashtra.
2007 at the Sharjah parish. Over 275 Asian n Jesus Youth Retreat, Shillong
youth of different ethnicities attended the A Jesus Youth retreat was organized for the
programme. The event was inaugurated by students of St. Antony’s College, Shillong from
the Parish Priest - Fr. Ani Xavier. Anand 13 th -15 th July 2007. Over 350 students
Menon, a known catechist and youth trainer attended the programme. Following this
from Dubai, was the main resource person. retreat, a new prayer group has been initiated
n JY Family Gatherings, Abu Dhabi & Sharjah in the campus.
Gatherings of Jesus Youth families were held Gincy Sanish
in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. In each emirate, SINGAPORE
over 50 families participated in the event. n JY Volunteers for Our Lady’s Procession 2007
Prejomy Jose
The Novena Church, which is famous for its
NEW ZEALAND Novena to Our Lady, attended by almost O glorious Queen of the most
n Fellowship Gathering, Auckland 100,000 people every Saturday, organised holy Rosary, we pray that
An evening gathering of Jesus Youth in its annual procession in honour of Our your intercession may protect us
Auckland was organised during a visit by Blessed Lady on 2nd September 2007. Jesus from hatred and discord, and
Dr. Edward Edezhath and Rajesh Thalapillil Youth members were called upon to help out direct our hearts into the ways of peace
on 21st August 2007. Jesus Youth from as volunteers for this event. and justice which your Son taught
neighbouring areas also participated. Biju Joseph and exemplified.

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