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JESUSYOUTH
JANUARY 2009

International Newsletter
A MISSIONARY MOVEMENT AT THE SERVICE OF THE CHURCH

MOULDING LAY MISSIONARIES FOR TODAY’S WORLD

A FEW DECADES AGO, AN ELDERLY NEIGHBOUR OF MINE WAS SPEAKING ABOUT HIS DESIRE TO
SET ASIDE SOME PART OF HIS LIFE TO SHARE THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS WITH OTHERS. “Maybe
after my retirement,” he said proudly, “when everything in life is settled, I will try to find time
for voluntary missionary work in a retreat centre.” This expression, in a sense, sums up the
attitude that the laity had towards mission. At best, for most of us, mission had become
optional; like garnishing in cuisine, it was something external that could be added on to life
when it suited our convenience. Besides, the arrival of modernity and its accompanying fast
paced lifestyle left no time for missionary activity in our lives.

CONTD. ON PAGE 3
HEART TALK
The last few months were glorious days for our movement as we were officially
recognized by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India and gifted the paternal
care and guidance of Archbishop Abraham Viruthukulangara. It is amazing to
see how the movement has been blessed so immensely in a short span of 23
years. And when a few of us of the Jesus Youth International team had a private
audience with His Holiness Pope Benedict in Rome, one thing was very clear –
“Jesus Youth was not built in a day!”
As my service in this work of the Spirit saw me journeying through various
countries across continents, I was struck most by the Jesus Youth lifestyle and
mission. As I see it, commitment is an integral element of what we usually refer
to as the JY lifestyle. Whenever I have meetings with Church leaders it is a joy
to tell them that we are active and present in many countries. And each time I
say this, I have in mind not an organization, but committed Jesus Youth who
prioritise the Kingdom of God above everything else. I have been inspired by
such committed persons from all walks of life, like Siju Cherayil a successful
business man in Rome always on the move to build JY, or Jojo a senior manager
who thinks only about what next for JY in Salalah, or Timmy in USA who studies
for JY whether awake or asleep, like Binu (Ireland), Tony (Oman), Sunil (USA),

‘‘
SO IT IS GOD, WHO IS LOVE,
WHO LEADS THE CHURCH
TOWARDS THE FRONTIERS OF
Jose (UK), Santhosh (Sharjah) whose residences are like a JY office, or Abhi in
UK who works day and night to bring Jesus to the youth, or Nimmi Paul who is
the godmother of a Thai Buddhist Jesus Youth who was baptized a few months
back, and Manoj Sunny whose hard work and vision is not shaken by the most
difficult challenges ... The list is endless. These uncompromising individuals are
HUMANITY AND CALLS THE committed to being on the move particularly when times are tough. I know well
EVANGELIZERS TO DRINK that it is possible for all of them to do so thanks to the committed support of
“FROM THE ORIGINAL SOURCE, their families. There are so many spouses of active leaders who compromise
WHICH IS JESUS CHRIST, FROM their family time, so many children who choose not to complain, so many
WHOSE PIERCED HEART parents who joyfully let their children be part of ministries, so many youngsters
FLOWS THE LOVE OF GOD” who prioritize ministry over bright careers, so many religious who live with us
(DEUS CARITAS EST, N. 7). like one of us and many more contributors whom we have never seen or heard
ONLY FROM THIS SOURCE CAN of that deserve a tribute for the success of our mission.
CARE, TENDERNESS, A strong missionary zeal has always been evident wherever Jesus Youth has
COMPASSION, HOSPITALITY, sprouted and taken root. As every flight with a Jesus Youth in it takes off,
AVAILABILITY AND INTEREST IN whether he is travelling for work, business, family or ministry, I see the take-off
PEOPLE’S PROBLEMS BE of a MISSION. These travelling missionaries, irrespective of the mode of
DRAWN, AS WELL AS THE transport, language or culture, have taken this JY lifestyle rooted in Christ to so
many countries. The support/fellowship groups in labour camps in the Middle-
OTHER VIRTUES NECESSARY
East, the JY initiatives that enable prisoners to see their families, the JYs in first
FOR THE MESSENGERS OF THE world countries challenging society with their Catholic lifestyle, the JY prolife
GOSPEL TO LEAVE EVERYTHING ministry that has saved so many precious lives, etc., are some of the living
AND DEDICATE THEMSELVES examples of active JY missions at the service of the Church.
COMPLETELY AND
The breath of the Spirit has powerfully propelled us into so many areas of
UNCONDITIONALLY TO
society, different age groups and varied life situations, with the JY lifestyle
SPREADING THE PERFUME OF rooted in Christ and dynamic expressions of spreading God’s love. So much so
CHRIST’S CHARITY AROUND that Jesus Youth is no longer just a movement expressing the external signs
THE WORLD.

’’
typical to the Charismatic Renewal but a lifestyle and spirituality which is
unique and effective in the Church. Let us pray that through the intercession of
Mother Mary and the blessing of God Almighty we may continue to be a strong
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS force witnessing “IT’S NO LONGER WE THAT LIVE BUT CHRIST WHO LIVES IN US!”
POPE BENEDICT XVI
FOR THE 82nd WORLD
MISSION SUNDAY 2008 George Devassy
Jesus Youth International Co-ordinator
COVER STORY Contd. from page 1

Mission Possible

my life for the Lord.” The very gesture of


setting aside an year at that point in life
was quite a radical decision for many
young people. At a juncture when the
focus on building careers was most
intense and opportunities like campus
recruitment and interviews were
happening all around, setting aside time
for something as intangible as mission
seemed suicidal to many of their families
and friends. This daring gesture
challenged the existing world order itself
where career, money and social
advancement were paramount.

Despite the struggles, doubts and


uncertainty that all of them faced, 27
young graduates came forward in 1992 to
set aside a year to be trained as
missionaries for life. Inspired by the
commitment of young people like
Santhosh and impelled by the love of
Christ they were experiencing in their
everyday lives, they came together as the
first batch of Jesus Youth Full Time
Volunteers.
The Church has always spoken emphatically about
the mission of the laity. As early as 1965, His With no existing formats for lay
Holiness Pope Paul VI spoke of the pivotal role of missionary training available, the training
the laity in The Decree on the Apostolate of the team spent time in prayer and put
Laity (Apostolicam Actuositatem): “There are together a 40-day format with the help of
innumerable opportunities open to the laity for the the School of Evangelization team, a part
exercise of their apostolate of evangelization and of Evangelization 2000. The Jesus Youth
sanctification. The very testimony of their Christian team further added, updated and created
life and good works done in a supernatural spirit a comprehensive training package that is
have the power to draw men to belief and to God; presently being used for the Jesus Youth
for the Lord says, ‘Even so let your light shine before Full Time Volunteer trainings worldwide.
men in order that they may see your good works and Besides a special time for an encounter
give glory to your Father who is in heaven’ (Matt. with Jesus, the training includes modules
5:16).” of Scripture study, Church teachings,
behavioural training, skills development,
Almost as if in response, Vatican Council II led to the personality development and training in
sprouting of many lay movements in its wake. music, theatre and the basics of media.
From the early 80s, the Jesus Youth movement, with “Though the stress is on spiritual
its focus on leading young people to a personal formation and evangelization training,
encounter with Jesus, began to draw many young they get an all round experience that
people. Young people who experienced the Lord felt equips them for life itself. Forty days’
a burden for those around them who had not yet training is an intense group living
experienced this great love. They wanted to set experience that is monitored on the
aside the most active, most vibrant and most individual level through a set of spiritual
productive time in their lives to share the Good exercises,” says Rev. Fr. P. C. George
News with others. Thus out of this simple desire was Mudakkampuram, one of the driving
born the Jesus Youth Full Time Volunteer project. forces of the project who set aside many
years to pastor, train, counsel and
“I knew that the tithe from my salary as a support Jesus Youth Full Time Volunteers
Marketing Executive at that time was too little” says across several batches.
Santhosh Joseph, one of the initiators of the Jesus
Youth Full Time Volunteer project who today heads a The transformation that the Holy Spirit
Human Resource Consulting Company in Singapore. brought during this forty-day training was
“So I decided to set aside two of the best years of simply unbelievable. Dexon J. Netto, a 5th

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batch volunteer who later went on to as full time volunteers, none of them rued India and many places around the world. Today
initiate a Jesus Youth ministry in the fact that they were one year behind the project has grown into three batches every
Singapore says: “Those were some of their friends in college. In fact, all of them year - in different languages depending on the
the most beautiful days of my life went on to do so well in their careers that placement regions of the volunteers. The spark
during which the Lord moulded me in they acknowledge their swift growth in that started in a corner of the world has now
every sense. It was also a formation professional life to this one year training. become an international project.
time for me to take this lifelong
commitment to serve the Lord all of The 17 batches that followed successively The direct impact of such an initiative is quite
the days of my life and to inspire over the the last 17 years affirms that this obvious from the figures themselves. In the 17
others to be committed.” initiative of the Holy Spirit is here to stay. batches, over 1000 young people have gone
The participants grew and gradually, even through this process. Over 300 of them are
These young people with diverse groups of seminarians, nuns and deacons married and settled in different parts of the
outlooks, tastes, and perspectives were began to join the youth in the yearly world with around 600 kids - most of them
now united in a common mission for trainings. After their 40-day formation, active in their own environments. Seventy
life. In the process, the volunteers too volunteers are now being placed in priests, six deacons and twelve nuns have
grew in maturity, honed their skills and mission centres in North India, North East passed through this formation process. Many a
above all, deepened in prayer and
constants, drawing closer to the Lord
every day. At the end of their one year

IT HELPED ME COMMIT MY
WHOLE LIFE TO GOD!
SIMI JOHN, NEW ZEALAND, 13TH BATCH VOLUNTEER
I COULD SEE THE JOY IN YOUNG PEOPLE
THE ONE YEAR OF FULL TIME COMMITMENT WAS THE
GREATEST MILESTONE OF MY LIFE. RESIGNING MY JOB TO
WHEN THEY EXPERIENCED JESUS!
TAKE UP THE COMMITMENT WAS A BIG CHALLENGE. JECKO T.G., UAE, 1ST BATCH INT’L VOLUNTEER
DURING THIS PERIOD, I BEGAN TO EXPERIENCE JESUS AS A DURING MY ONE YEAR MISSION, I WAS PLACED IN A COUNTRY WHERE THE
PERSON AND TRUE FRIEND AS HE CONSTANTLY GUIDED ME PRACTICE OF OUR FAITH IS FORBIDDEN. I BECAME MORE CLOSER AND MORE
IN THE MISSION THAT WAS ENTRUSTED TO ME IN A DEPENDENT ON THE LORD BECAUSE THERE WAS ONLY GOD TO HELP ME. IT WAS A
STRANGE PLACE, WITH A DIFFERENT CULTURE AND AN TIME TO EXPERIENCE GOD’S GUIDANCE AND PROTECTION EVERY DAY. I COULD SEE
UNKNOWN LANGUAGE. IT WAS REALLY A THRILLING THE JOY AND HAPPINESS IN MANY YOUNG PEOPLE WHEN THEY EXPERIENCED JESUS
EXPERIENCE AND IT HELPED ME TO COMMIT MY WHOLE LIFE IN THEIR LIVES. AFTER MY TRAINING AND ONE YEAR COMMITMENT, MY VISION FOR
FOR HIS SERVICE. AS I LOOK BACK NOW, I AM EXTREMELY MY MINISTRY AND MY PERSONAL LIFE WIDENED. IT WAS A TIME TO DISCOVER MY
THANKFUL TO THE LORD FOR MAKING ME AN INSTRUMENT POTENTIAL AND IT WAS A TIME TO LET MY SPIRITUAL AND PERSONAL LIFE BE
IN HIS HANDS TO FULFILL HIS PLANS FOR ME. MOULDED IN THE HANDS OF MY POTTER.
religious vocation was discovered in the
course of the trainings and many have
Jesus Youth has edified our people”
(Focused Only on the Lord). Through college
I OWE EVEN THE
become priests and nuns while others are visits, village visits, prayer groups, and DISCOVERY OF MY
still under formation for priestly and retreats, these young people have become VOCATION TO THE FULL
religious life. an integral part of the Church’s ministering
in many places in the North and North East
TIME VOLUNTEERSHIP.
BRO. SHYJAN C. J. SDB, DON BOSCO
The impact is also evident in many of the of India. The impact has also reflected back
UTUME, NAIROBI, KENYA, 7TH BATCH
mission centres and campuses where these into the lives of the volunteers - all of them
VOLUNTEER
young people have been placed over the speak of a deeper personal transformation
years. Speaking of the Jesus Youth Full Time in prayer, relationships and personality that I AM SO GLAD TO SHARE MY EXPERIENCE
Volunteers in his diocese, His Excellency has set in after their training and AS A FULL TIME VOLUNTEER OF JESUS
Bishop Peter Celestine of Jammu once placement. Reji Karot, a second batch YOUTH. TO BE FRANK, I OWE EVEN MY
remarked, “The presence of Jesus Youth was volunteer who is currently the Co-ordinator RELIGIOUS VOCATION TO MY JESUS YOUTH
a great help for our dioceses. Besides, the of Jesus Youth in Kerala speaks of how the FULL TIME COMMITMENT. IT WAS THE BEST
prayer life, penance and good behaviour of formation helped him give up the desire for YEAR OF MY LIFE WHERE I LEARNED TO
WALK WITH THE LORD IN AN INTIMATE
WAY. FORTY DAYS OF TRAINING AND THE
ONE YEAR FORMATION IN THE MISSION
LAND OF NORTH EAST INDIA (ASSAM)
REALLY PREPARED ME TO COMMIT MY
ENTIRE LIFE TO THE SERVICE OF GOD AND
YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE SALESIAN
CONGREGATION. WHAT I CHERISH MOST
FROM MY COMMITMENT PERIOD IS THE
BOND BETWEEN OUR BATCH MATES AND
OUR ANIMATORS. IT WAS (AND STILL IS)
A GREAT FEELING TO BE A PART OF THIS
FAMILY OF LOVE. I THINK WHAT THE
CHURCH NEEDS TODAY IS ALSO SUCH
GENUINE FELLOWSHIP GROUPS WERE
INDIVIDUALS CAN GROW AND
EXPERIENCE TRUE CHRISTIAN LOVE IN
ALL ASPECTS OF THEIR LIVES. I AM
REALLY CONVINCED THAT THIS PROJECT
IS TRULY AN INSPIRATION OF THE HOLY
SPIRIT. MAY THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD
CONTINUE TO INSPIRE US TO “PUT OUT
INTO THE DEEP.”

THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS FORMATION IN MY LIFE IS THAT OF A DOOR.


FR. CHERIAN NEREVEETTIL, SACRED HEART MINOR SEMINARY, KERALA, INDIA, 5TH BATCH VOLUNTEER

THE RELEVANCE AND IMPORTANCE OF THIS FORMATION IN MY LIFE IS THAT OF A DOOR. A DOOR THAT IS THE BEGINNING OF A LONG
JOURNEY THROUGH THE GREENER PASTURES OF EVANGELIZATION AND ONGOING RENEWAL. MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE ATTENDED THIS
TRAINING HAVE MISUNDERSTOOD IT AS AN END. FOR ME IT WAS AN OPENING, AN INSPIRATION TO LEARN AND TO EXPERIMENT WITH
MANY NEW METHODS OF EVANGELIZATION AND PERSONAL RENEWAL. A SERIOUS CONCERN WHICH STILL REMAINS WITH REGARD TO
THIS TRAINING IS ITS FOLLOW UP. EVERYONE WHO UNDERGOES THIS TRAINING MUST FIND THEIR OWN NEW GROUND TO CONTINUE THIS
MISSION. IT IS NOT ONLY ABOUT BECOMING A JY SERVICE TEAM MEMBER OR A JY PRAYER GROUP LEADER BUT ALSO ABOUT BECOMING A
PARENT, A WORKER, A PARISHIONER WITH A DIFFERENCE.

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worldly recognition and riches. “I
received a conviction that I would not
lose anything if I trusted in the Lord.
That is why, I am able to give up
anything in life for the Kingdom of God
today.” Besides these, the project draws
its relevance from the long lasting
impact of the programme on the culture
and lifestyle of many. A few significant
areas of impact are discussed below.

Spreading a culture of mission in


everyday life
K.G. Mathews, a 4th batch volunteer who
is currently active in ministry in Abu
Dhabi says, “I was an ordinary Christian
in the Renewal when I came for the
training. But after that one year I could
see something deep rooted in my heart -
a desire to give more of myself to Jesus. convinced about the fruits of this initiative,”
The Full Time Volunteers’ training laid a remarks Baby Chacko (Babychayan), a die-hard,
foundation for me to work more for His uncompromising missionary who has been the
kingdom. The formation convinced me mainstay of the Full Time Volunteer project and one
that I have been called and chosen.” who has inspired countless young people by his
With hundreds of such full time integrity and commitment. He goes on to say,
volunteers settling all over the world “Today as I travel around the world and see many of
after their training and placement, the them in the forefront of Jesus Youth ministries and
opportunities to live their missionary call
everyday are manifold. Thus, these
the Church as leaders, I am grateful to God. As I
visit their families, I am delighted to see how their
I BEGAN TO DEPEND ON
families proclaim that mission is not training has helped them relate lovingly to their THE LORD FOR
something very far fetched but
something that can work in our offices,
spouses and children, often transforming their EVERYTHING.
families into missionary families. Of course there SELMA ROBERT, MADHYA PRADESH, INDIA,
our campuses and amidst the bustle of have been ups and downs for some of the 13TH BATCH VOLUNTEER
daily living. volunteers as they went ahead in life. But on the
whole, the way they dealt with crises in their I AM FROM KHANDWA (MADHYA
“I would not have set aside 17 years of personal lives and the way many of them continue PRADESH, INDIA) AND MY
my life for this group if I was not to be powerful witnesses to Christ is what inspires COMMITMENT PLACE WAS IN SEPPA,
ARUNACHAL PRADESH, KNOWN AS
THE STATE OF THE RISING SUN. I
WAS PLACED IN A VILLAGE WHERE
THERE WAS NO ELECTRICITY, NO
PROPER ROADS AND NO HEALTH
FACILITIES AT ALL. TO MEET THE
PEOPLE AND TALK TO THEM, WE
HAD TO TRAVEL FAR, CLIMBING A
MOUNTAIN. I ASKED GOD “WHY DID
YOU BRING ME HERE? I HAVE
NEVER CLIMBED ANY MOUNTAIN
BEFORE. IT IS SO DIFFICULT TO EAT
HALF BOILED FOOD AND TO LIVE IN
THE DARK WITHOUT ELECTRICITY.”
GRADUALLY I UNDERSTOOD THAT
GOD BROUGHT ME HERE ON
PURPOSE SO THAT I WOULD LEARN
TO DEPEND ON HIM IN EVERY
SITUATION OF MY LIFE. WHILE
CLIMBING UP THE MOUNTAINS,
SOMETIMES AS EARLY AS FOUR IN
THE MORNING, I WAS ALWAYS
STRENGTHENED BY PSALM 91:11. I
CURRENTLY WORK AS A CITY CO-
ORDINATOR IN A CHILDLINE. MANY
PEOPLE WARNED ME THAT THIS
WOULD BE A TOUGH JOB BUT I
REMEMBERED MY EXPERIENCES AS
A FULL TIME VOLUNTEER AND SAID
A BIG ‘YES’!
me to spend time to train, talk, help and remarks how Jesus Youth Full Time sacrifices of the Full Time Volunteer Family.
continue to journey with these young Volunteers are extremely relevant in far flung A team that literally grew into a close knit
people.” mission areas and villages of North India family of participants, elders, priests, nuns,
where the volunteers are actually and animators over the years, setting aside
In fact, many of them have become accommodated in Diocesan Centres and work valuable time, personal comfort, financial
initiators of unique and relevant very closely with every activity of the Church. gain and even risking their health to ensure
ministries in their environment. Alice that the work of the Holy Spirit continues
Mathew, a 6th batch volunteer, talks This is exactly what Pope John Paul II spoke unabated through these young
about how the missionary zeal she of when he said that “Lay people are missionaries.
received from the training inspired her to indispensable partners in proclaiming the
pray for a life partner who loved Jesus Good News; they are able to take their In a few months, the next batch of young
and who would share her desire for share of responsibility in the life and growth people will come together in three
mission. As God granted her desire, and of the Christian communities to which they locations - Kerala, Nagpur and Bangkok -
she was blessed with children, she belong; they are called to transform the to proclaim to all of us and to the world
realised that God was leading her in a world in the manner of leaven. They have a once again that a lifestyle of mission is
mission for the little ones - a desire that ‘specific and indispensable role’ in the life essential, relevant and above all, possible
gradually led her to be one of the of the Church” (Second Vatican Council, in today’s world.
initiators of the ‘Angels’ Army’, a ministry Decree on the Lay Apostolate, Apostolicam
that today reaches out to over 25,000 Actuositatem, n. 1). Let us pray that each of SHELTON PINHEIRO
children. the future batches of Full Time Volunteers 1ST BATCH FULL TIME VOLUNTEER, INDIA
will keep drawing even closer to the heart
Drawing closer to the heart of the Church of the mission of the Church.
Rev. Fr. Cherian Nereveettil, a former Jesus FROM A FULL TIME
Youth Full Time Volunteer who is today the Building a spiritual family around youth VOLUNTEER, I BECAME A
Spiritual Animator of the Minor Seminary of
the Ernakulam - Angamaly Archdiocese
One of the greatest miracle and joy of this
initiative has been the innumerable
LIFETIME VOLUNTEER!
SR. RANIS MSMI, NIRMALA RETREAT
CENTRE, KERALA, INDIA, 2ND BATCH
VOLUNTEER

MY ONE YEAR AS A FULL TIME VOLUNTEER


WAS A TIME WHEN THE OMNIPRESENCE OF
GOD, THE BREATH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND
THE PRESENCE OF JESUS IN THE EUCHARIST
BECAME TANGIBLE PERSONAL REALITIES
THAT CHANGED MY LIFE. THUS JESUS BECAME
THE CENTRE POINT OF MY LIFE. WITHOUT HIM,
EVERYTHING BECAME COLOURLESS. THE
DEPTH OF HIS BEAUTY AND THE SWEETNESS
OF HIS PRESENCE CAPTIVATED ME. I
REALISED THAT THERE IS A CALL FOR ME
BEYOND THIS ONE YEAR. FROM A FULL TIME
VOLUNTEER, I BECAME A LIFE TIME
VOLUNTEER. MY HEART FILLS WITH
GRATITUDE WHEN I THINK OF JESUS YOUTH
AND MY ONE YEAR COMMITMENT PERIOD.

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Catholic Fraternity
Jesus Youth was invited by the Catholic Fraternity of
Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships to
participate in their XIII International Conference held at
Assisi from 30th Oct. to 2nd Nov. 2008. The Catholic
Fraternity, a federation of communities and
associations founded in 1990 and currently comprising
of 51 members in 14 countries, strives to identify with
the saving mission of the Church in communion with
the Pope. The International Conference was attended
by representatives of principal Communities of the
Charismatic Renewal Movement in the world. George
Devassy, Manoj Sunny and Jose Mathew represented
Members of the newly reconstituted Jesus Youth Europe Team with Archbishop Abraham Viruthakulangara
the Jesus Youth movement at this event. They made a
presentation on the movement on one of the days of

EUROPEAN LEADERS’ TRAINING the Conference. One of the special moments of the
Conference was a private audience with the Holy Father
Pope Benedict XVI on 31st Oct. 2008. During the
The first ever Jesus Youth European few hours to make a short pilgrimage audience, the Holy Father affirmed that the “ecclesial
Leaders’ Training Programme took to the Basilicas of St. Peter and St. movements and new communities, which bloomed
place in Rome from 9th to 11th Oct. Paul. Following the training, the new after the Second Vatican Council, are a unique gift of
2008 at Opera don Calabria. There Europe Team was reconstituted and the Lord and a precious resource for the life of the
were 35 leaders from five EU nations. Jose Mathew from UK and Rojo Church”. The Pontiff also exhorted the communities
The sessions, which dwelt on the scope James from Germany were selected present “to render everywhere a living and active
and challenges of ministry in the as the Co-ordinator and the Assistant witness of the profound mystery of the Church”.
current European context and on how Co-ordinator respectively.
to prepare youth to be the new Fr. Sebastian Arikat is the team’s
generation missionaries in a highly Pastor and Bro. Chilton the Animator.
secularized Europe, were conducted by
George Devassy, Manoj Sunny, Raiju Though 11th Oct. was the last day of
Varghese and Navin Bruce Thomas. the training programme, the
participants stayed back in Rome on
During the training days His Grace 12th Oct. to participate in the
Archbishop Abraham Viruthakulangara, Canonization Ceremony of St.
Archbishop of Nagpur visited the Alphonsa of India. Some participants
leaders and encouraged them to be the also joined the Jesus Youth who
carriers of hope and courage in the came from UK and Ireland for a
Church of Europe. On the second day of pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi.
the training participants set aside a JOSE MATHEW, UK JY representatives with Prof. Matteo Calisi, President of the Catholic Fraternity

WWW.pocbible.com

CLICKS!
The world’s first Catholic Online Bible in Malayalam was launched by His Grace Mar
George Punnakkottil, Chairman, KCBC Bible Commission, at the Pastoral Orientation
Centre (POC), Ernakulam, Kerala on 24th September 2008. The website -
Launching of the world’s first Catholic Online Bible in Malayalam by
www.pocbible.com - was created, designed and will be maintained by Jesus Youth. His Grace Mar George Punnakkottil, the Chairman of KCBC Bible Commission
The site was the result of four years of wholly voluntary hard work done by a team
of Jesus Youth computer and web professionals who work together as the Jesus
Youth Bible Ministry in UAE. Besides creating a website that offers online the only the Malayalam script and the technicalities of converting it
Malayalam translation of the Bible authorized by the Catholic Church (popularly into a format compatible for the internet. Their hard work
known as the POC Bible), they have also put together the first ever Catholic and commitment has borne fruit as this website is
Malayalam concordance, verse search, etc. This initiative is especially significant for undoubtedly a powerful instrument in making the Word of
those Keralites who live and work in countries where even possession of a Bible is God instantly accessible to Malayalees around the world.
prohibited. Although the English Bible has been available on the web for a long time Any constructive feedback regarding the website is
now, this is the first time that the Malayalam Bible has become available on the welcome as the team continues its efforts to improve the
internet. The JY UAE team had to overcome many hurdles owing to the intricacies of quality of the site.
THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF INDIA HAS FORMALLY APPROVED THE JESUS YOUTH
MOVEMENT. DR. EDWARD EDEZHATH EXPLAINS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS RECOGNITION AND
HOW IT REFLECTS ON THE MOVEMENT’S STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONING.

CANONICAL
country through this team. While the
Regional and Zonal Teams find their
identity and accountability to the
Church through their close links with

RECOGNITION JYNT, the National Team has a special


responsibility to keep in touch with
the regional teams and make sure of

AND BEYOND
their relationship with the Church and
its teachings.
IN THE LOCAL CHURCH
The Catholic Church in India has eight
ecclesiastical regions and some of
Jesus Youth began and recently, an affiliate of the National Catholic them have already given a Bishop as
developed over the years as an Charismatic Renewal Services (NCCRS) of the Episcopal Advisor to Jesus Youth.
informal initiative and network. country. Recently NCCRS decided that it cannot Many dioceses have appointed a
The Pastors of the Church in India, continue just as an affiliate and hence this Priest-in-charge for the movement. It
after having formally examined formal recognition by the Bishops of India. Now is important that the movement
the movement and its statutes, with this recognition, Jesus Youth is no more an fosters pastoral accountability and
now acknowledge that Jesus affiliate but will find its place among the close links to the regions and the
Youth is a Catholic movement. With ecclesiastically recognised movements and dioceses in all the parts of the
this official recognition Jesus Youth retreat centres that have a special relationship nation.
can clearly find a place in the with the NCCRS. As per the Statutes, in a region
Jesus Youth is an initiative of the Holy
Catholic Church of the nation and its where Jesus Youth remains as an affiliate of the
Spirit to animate the lifestyle of the
local forums. Charismatic Renewal, as in Kerala, it will
modern world and today’s generation
continue as a part of the regional Service Team.
The Jesus Youth Statutes, officially with the Good News. And surely His
approved by the Bishops of India, are JESUS YOUTH TEAMS latest precious gift to these devoted
a set of guidelines that describe and The recognition also brings clarity and greater missionaries, through His own
orient us. It is our responsibility to responsibility to Jesus Youth leadership. The Shepherds, is this gift of the official
know theses guidelines and use them Bishops of India recognise Jesus Youth recognition, so that Jesus Youth
in our personal journey of holiness and National Team (JYNT) as the co-ordinating grows to be more holy, mature,
in our groups to serve the mission of body of the movement in the country and the faithful and zealous.
the Church. The Bishops have Episcopal Advisor guides the movement in the DR. EDWARD EDEZHATH, India
appointed an Ecclesiastical Advisor
for us in the person of Archbishop
Abraham Viruthakulangara through whom they My dear young friends,
can now give guidance and correction, and we can
I send you warm greetings in this winter season from
approach them in our Pastoral needs.
Nagpur, which is called the City of Oranges in India. I am
IN THE CHURCH very happy to scribble a few lines, especially in the
The recognition is surely an encouragment to us context of the coming feast of Christmas. I pray that Baby
from the successors of the Apostles saying, Jesus will bless you all with His peace and joy.
‘Jesus Youth, you have a place in the Body of We have been asked to have low key Christmas
Christ’ and hence it is a call for greater maturity celebrations this year due to the perturbed situation in
as a Catholic Association. However, this is not India. All the same, I believe Christmas means much
just a stamp of our Catholicity, but a renewed more at this time than ever before. The coming of Jesus
responsibility to reaffirm and nurture the was heralded by the Angels with ‘Greetings of Peace to men of good will’. Peace and
movement’s Catholic identity; in its teaching, in joy are the need of the hour, more than anything else in our country and the world
the filial love for our Bishops and involvement over. Let each one of us possess that soothing Spirit ourselves and give others the
in the pastoral life, especially in the parish, and same joy and peace. This is my prayer.
in nurturing Catholic culture and style in all that
the movement does. We have always said that Let us turn to the poor and the deprived, especially the children and do something to
ours is ‘a missionary movement at the service of alleviate their pain. Let us make small efforts to be messengers of brotherhood
the Church’ and that we are ‘proud to be among all people. Then Christmas will be more meaningful to us and others.
Catholics’ and this phase of the movement calls
Wishing you once again a joyous Christmas and a peaceful New Year,
us to a deeper search and commitment.
Yours lovingly,
IN THE CCR STRUCTURE
Jesus Youth has been an off-shoot of the + ABRAHAM VIRUTHAKULANGARA, Archbishop of Nagpur
Catholic Charismatic Renewal in India and until Ecclesiastical Advisor of Jesus Youth India

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REPORT 2008

JY International Team with Bishop Paul Hinder, Vicar Apostolic of Arabia and Fr. Varghese Chemboly, Spiritual Director, JY UAE

JESUS YOUTH INTERNATIONAL


TEAM MEETING 20TH - 23RD NOVEMBER 2008, SHARJAH, UAE

The newly reconstituted Jesus Youth International


Team that was installed in Sydney, Australia, had its
first meeting from 20th - 23rd November 2008 in
Sharjah, UAE - an apt meeting place, for the Middle
East was one of the first areas to which Jesus Youth
initially migrated from India, thereby launching the
movement internationally . The twenty-one team
members gathered together with special invitees -
Dr. Edward Edezhath, Reji Karot and Jomy Abraham,
for a time of prayer and discussion in order to discern
the Lord’s will for the movement. Most Rev.
Archbishop Abraham Viruthakulangara, the
Ecclesiastical Advisor for the Jesus Youth movement
in India, was also present for the meeting. His Grace
inspired and directed the discussions and
gave a clear vision as to what the Church
expects from the movement. On the first
day of the meeting, the International Team
members had an opportunity to meet the
Vicar Apostolic of Arabia, Bishop Paul
Hinder O.F.M. Cap., a well-wisher and
supporter of Jesus Youth. His Excellency’s
encouraging words motivated the members
to be at the service of the Mother Church in
their mission. The team also met over 150
key JY leaders from different parts of UAE
and spent some time with them.

The meeting was centred on various vision


based sharings especially in the context of
receiving the approval from the Catholic
Bishops’ Conference of India. The team Archbishop Abraham Viruthakulangara presenting a memento on behalf of the movement to Bishop Paul Hinder
members shared their personal vision for
the movement and discussed their role and
relevance in the present world. A special
time was also allocated to conceptualising
the Jubilee, which is truly a time to sanctify
the movement and present it to the Lord.
The meeting gave a clear dimension to this
great Jubilee year, as a result of which
many international projects were initiated.

The meeting witnessed a strong presence


of the Holy Spirit who led and guided every
decision. As the four-day meeting
concluded, each team member was inspired
to forge ahead with this renewed vision.
NIMMI PAUL, Thailand
Jesus Youth International Team meeting in progress

INTERNATIONAL TRAININGS 2009

JESUS YOUTH JESUS YOUTH


INTERNATIONAL INTERNATIONAL
LEADERS’ ANIMATORS’
TRAINING 2009
TRAINING 2009
4TH JULY – 18TH AUGUST 2009 19TH JULY – 1ST AUGUST 2009
BANGKOK, THAILAND BANGKOK, THAILAND

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“INSPIRING TWENTY-ONE THOUSAND
TEENAGERS IN 2008 AND AIMING TO
REACH OUT TO NEARLY ONE LAKH
TEENAGERS IN 2009! DEFINITELY,
POWERTEENZ IS A BLESSING FOR JESUS
YOUTH THE WORLD OVER, ESPECIALLY IN
THE RUN UP TO THE JUBILEE. WITHIN A
FEW YEARS THESE TEENAGERS WILL BE
REACHING OUT TO ALL THE DIFFERENT
PARTS OF THE WORLD TAKING UP THE BIG
COMMAND - ‘GO UNTO THE ENDS OF THE
EARTH’. WAIT FOR THE ROLLING OUT OF
AMBITIOUS PLANS LIKE ‘POWERTEENZ
A formation project for teens initiated by the Kerala Jesus Youth has been gaining momentum FRIENDSHIP NETWORK’, ‘POWERTEENZ
since its launch in June 2008. The project named ‘Powerteenz’, targets students of classes 10th TALENT WEEK’, ‘POWERTEENZ RETREAT’,
to 12th from different Catholic schools of Kerala. Augmenting the crucial role played by ‘POWERTEENZ FESTIVAL’, ‘POWERTEENZ
Christian education in moulding responsible citizens, ‘Powerteenz’ intends “to form strong and SUMMIT’ IN SEVERAL PLACES, AND
responsible individuals, who are capable of making free and correct choices thus preparing EXTENSIVE SCHOOL INTERCESSION
young people to open themselves to more and more reality, and to form in themselves a clear NETWORK IN THE COMING YEAR.
idea of the meaning of life” (Lay Catholics in Schools, n.17). EVERYONE IN JESUS YOUTH SHOULD
IDENTIFY MEANS OF ASSOCIATING WITH
The project, which kicked off with initial level programmes in nearly 72 schools across 22 THIS PATH BREAKING, JUBILEE GIFT FOR
zones of Kerala, has been successful in reaching out to nearly 21000 teens. This was JESUS YOUTH WHICH IS ABOUT TO CHANGE
proceeded by a ‘power series’ of zonal follow up programmes titled ‘VIBGYOR’. The organizing THE FACE OF TEENS AND THE YOUTH”.
team took up the challenge to come up with a whole new approach that breaks away from the
typical style of retreats, encounter programmes and conferences and developed well defined
and contemporary training modules in line with the style relevant to today’s teenagers. The CHACKOCHAN
‘Powerteenz Summit’ held on 8th November 2008 saw nearly 2000 teens from different schools of NJAVALLIL, a
Kerala come together for the mega celebration at Angamaly, Kerala. Inspired by the senior JY leader
celebrations, many students are taking the initiative on their own to bring more friends/schools and one of the
into this endeavour. This project envisaged as a continuous formation programme for teenage initiators of this
students has blossomed under the guidance and patronage of many Bishops of Kerala. unique venture.

A SOUTH SIDE STORY


In a recent incident, five people lost their
lives through gang violence at a home few
blocks aways from where the group
regularly meets. As a response, the parish
priest at St. Dorothy conducted a rally where
It was a cold winter evening when a few people walked the Stations of the Cross,
Jesus Youth drove out to the South Side of ultimately concluding at the scene of the
Chicago after a long day of work. “Put on crime. Jesus Youth participated in the walk,
your belt and your sandals… Put on your bringing their whole families - making it a
cloak and follow me” (Acts 12:8). This was powerful time of solidarity with their
the Scripture passage that was revealed to brethren. Over time, the bond between the
them in a time of prayer on the evening of community and Jesus Youth grew to a point
26th February 2008. Little did they know, where JY could sponsor three young people
that the verse was being fulfilled through from the community to participate in the
this journey. World Youth Day Celebrations in Australia.
One young gentleman, Joseph Saunders also
Mark Nimo - the well known speaker who attended the International Full Time
is a powerful presence at JY conferences Volunteers’ Training in Bangkok. By
worldwide, and leaders of the JYA Midwest people every week. After interceding for a few journeying through life together with the
Region were led by the Spirit to dream for months, an idea arose of having one-day African-American community of Chicago’s
the growth of the Lord’s kingdom in programmes for the students of the schools at South Side, this has truly become a journey
Chicago’s South Side. A spark that began both parishes: St. Columbanus and St. Dorothy. beyond borders.
less than two months ago at the Love The kids were in tears after the Adoration,
Beyond Borders North American wanting more experiences like this in the The Jesus Youth Midwest region now plans
Conference was spreading like wildfire. coming years. Several Jesus Youth ministered to conduct weekly Bible Studies at one of
at the one day programme for adults where the parishes in the new year. As the youth
A few Jesus Youth visits to the parish Mark Nimo led the teaching. and families think about more and more
gradually grew into outreach ministries ways to get involved in these two parishes,
like clothing drives and food pantry While love seeks to flourish, hate and violence please keep them in your prayers.
distributing groceries to more than 300 continues to have its effects on the community. BINU ABRAHAM, USA
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‘Christ Café 2008’, India Mission Nurses’ Training, India ‘Reunion 2008’, UAE

INDIA Christ gave birth to Christ Café. Held from Europe. The new Service Team was
Campus Meet, Mumbai 24th -28th October 2008 at Jesus and Mary reconstituted on 26th October with Sijo Jose as
The first ever campus meet in the history of College, Chankyapuri, the event had 340 the Co-ordinator, Alexander Kuruvilla as the
JY Mumbai, took place from 24th -27th participants. The resource team for the Asst. Co-ordinator and Fr. Sony Sebastian C.M.I.
October 2008. Blessed by the presence of event included V.J.Antony, Reena Antony, as the team’s Pastor.
Most Rev. Abraham Viruthakulangara- Tomas Michael and Jose Kurian. The event
Archbishop of Nagpur, Most Rev. Dr. Thomas ‘Splash’, Dublin
concluded with Holy Mass celebrated by the
Dabre-Bishop of Vasai and Most Rev. Dr. Youth Festival in Christ - ‘Splash’ was
Archbishop of Delhi - Most Rev. Vincent M.
Agnello Gracius-Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay, organized on 16th Nov. 2008 at St. Anthony’s
Concessao, along with 12 priests. The online
the Meet was an unique experience for the Parish Hall, Dublin. Eighty-three teenagers
community created continues to help the
200 participants who came in from different and youngsters including 17 Irish attended
members stay strong in their pledge to
parts of Mumbai. this programme which was the first outreach
Christ Café – “We serve Christ!”
programme for the Music ministry and
National Teens Conference, Chennai Discipleship Training , Andamans Audio-Visual ministry of Ireland. Fr. Jim
Setting aside hectic school schedules, a A Discipleship Training Programme Campbell S.S.S. celebrated Holy Eucharist
vibrant group of 600 teens from across India organized in Andamans was attended by 30 along with Fr. Anthony Nallukunnel O.F.M.
came together in Chennai from 8th to 11th youth from 11 different parishes. The DTP
October 2008. With the central theme of and Fr. Sony Sebastian C.M.I.
commenced on 30th October with a
“Colouring the Future”, the National Teens Eucharistic Celebration by Fr. Almeida, Vicar Sijo Jose
Conference inspired the young crowd to General, Diocese of Port Blair, and UAE
boldly share His Love in their schools. The concluded on 7th November with an ‘Reunion 2008’ Forerunners’ Gathering
gathering also saw the participation of 250 Anointing Ceremony for the Service Team Over 40 Jesus Youth forerunners from across
teen leaders as volunteers. led by Most Rev. Alex Dias, Bishop of Port UAE came together along with their families
Mission Nurses’ Training 2008 Blair. for reflection and fellowship in Sharjah
Twelve nurses from across India attended Siljo Thomas from13th to 15th November 2008. Fr. Cherian
the Mission Nurses training at Athma Nereveettil and Baby Chacko who were the
IRELAND main resource persons for the event, led the
Darshan, Ernakulam, Kerala from 15th to 26th
October 2008. All the participants committed Training & Service Team Reconstitution participants through a personal evaluation of
to proclaiming Christ through their year long A 3-day leaders’ training programme and their lives in the light of the formation and
mission at various hospitals across India. Service Team reconstitution took place in commitment they had received.
Millrace Lodge, County Meath from 25th - 27th
‘Christ Café 2008’, New Delhi ME Prayer Group Leaders’ Training
October 2008. The training with 36 participants
A desire to create a youth hangout where Over 40 prayer group leaders from Kuwait,
was conducted by George Devassy, JY Int’l Co-
youngsters could encounter the love of Oman and UAE participated in a training
ordinator and Jose Mathew, Co-ordinator, JY
conducted by C.C. Joseph, Siljo Thomas and

Leaders’ Training, Ireland ‘Splash’, Ireland ‘The Flame’, UAE

SEPTEMBER
JANUARY 2008
2009 PAGE 13
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Middle East Prayer Group Leaders’ Training, UAE Retreats & Formation Programmes, Oman

Dony Peter in Dubai. It was held from 27th to long chain rosary. Discipleship Formation ‘Teens Grace 2008’
29th November 2008. Programme volunteers also initiated Jericho Sixty students studying in Classes 8 to 12
‘The Flame’ National Day Programme Prayer in all the camps and hostel areas of participated in ‘Teens Grace 2008’. Held on
‘The Flame’ JY UAE National Day programme Kuwait. 13th and 14th Oct. at the Ghala Parish Hall,
was held on 2nd December 2008 at St. Francis Mahesh Peter the days were filled with vibrant inputs by
of Assisi Church, Jebel Ali with nearly 1000 George Devassy and Dony Peter. The
OMAN programme helped reach out to teens,
participants. This annual programme was
held for the first time in two streams – youth ‘ Peniel 2008’ especially the English speaking community.
and families. The first JY UAE National An initial retreat in Malayalam was organized
Binoy Xavier
Newsletter was also released during the for the youth from 2nd to 5th Oct. at the Ghala
Parish Hall. Nearly 250 youth from around 50 AUSTRALIA
event.
Bejoy Cherian labour camps were mobilized. Following the Workshop & St. Alphonsa Feast Day
retreat, the participants have joined smaller Celebrations, Melbourne
KUWAIT fellowships in their own camps. A three-hour workshop was held to give
JY Festival Day All Oman Leaders’ Gathering current and potential leaders a time to
More than 200 leaders across Kuwait The first all Oman Leaders’ Gathering took discuss and share their future plans for JY
participated in the Festival Day celebrations place at Ghala Parish Hall on 16th and 17th Melbourne. The gathering held at St. Francis
held on 1st Oct. 2008. Baby Chacko, JY Oct. 2008, with leaders from Salalah, Nizwa, De Sales, Oakpark was attended by 15
International Animator and Julius Antony, Sohar, Ruwi and Ghala. With the objective of people. In a joint celebration by JY Sydney
Middle East Co-ordinator led the sessions. building a National Vision for Jesus Youth in and Sydney Catholic Malayalee Association,
Holy Mass was celebrated by Monsieur John Oman, 100 leaders participated in several over 800 people came together on 12th Oct.
John Kallarackal, First Secretary, Nunciature meetings and trainings handled by Renny 2008 to celebrate the feast day of St
of Kuwait. Njarakkulam from Kerala and Julius Antony Alphonsa.
Training Programmes from UAE. Fr. John, Spiritual Director, JY Mayrose Pius
Over 200 Jesus Youth underwent various Oman was also present on both the days.
SINGAPORE
trainings for a month under the guidance of Retreats & Formation Programmes Rosarium Fiesta
Baby Chacko. These trainings covered a Regional Service Teams with the support of Celebrating October as the Intercession
number of teams like volunteers, Renny Njarakkulam organized a series of Month for Singapore, a Holy Mass and Rosary
intercession, families, nurses, etc. retreats and formation programmes from 1st- procession was organized on 1st October at
Chain Rosary & Jericho Prayer 21st October 2008. In all, 75 participated from the Choice Retreat Centre. Consecrated
To mark the Rosary month of October, JY Salalah, 50 from Sohar and 100 from Ruwi statues of the Blessed Virgin were passed
families in Kuwait participated in a month- participated in these programmes. through homes and Jesus Youth gathered

Training Programme, Kuwait JY Festival, Kuwait Anointing Ceremony, Singapore


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JY National Team & Youth Core Team, Canada Pilgrimage, UK

daily in these places to recite the Holy was the first time that this team planned and Nov.) with the theme of “deepening the
Rosary. In addition, rosary cells were conducted a full scale programme almost personal relationship with Jesus”. Held
formed, rosary walks were conducted in entirely on their own. mainly for the prayer group members of
public places and chain fasting held. The Service Team Re-constitution Auckland, Hamilton and Christchurch, nearly
Intercession month culminated on 25th The JY Canada Service team was re- 20 people participated in each of these
October with the Rosarium Fiesta. The constituted on 13th Sept. 2008 under the programmes.
thanksgiving Mass was celebrated by His guidance of Sunil and Dr. Sindhu Nadarajan Soji Joseph
Grace Archbishop Nicholas Chia at St. from Chicago. The day also saw the official UK
Joseph’s Church, Bugis. constitution of the first Canadian Youth Core Discipleship Training Programme
Leadership Training Programme 2008 Team. Thirty new disciples of Jesus were trained in
The National Team of JY Singapore Meeting with JY Families & Youth the second DTP held from the 25th- 31st
organized a Leadership Training Programme During the week spanning 14th- 22nd October, August 2008 at the Savio Retreat Centre,
from 21st - 23rd Nov. 2008 at the Choice Dr. C.C. Alicekutty met up with several Jesus Macclesfield. With the theme ‘Dare to be
Retreat House, Singapore. About 60 leaders Youth in Toronto, Canada. This included Different’, the seven days helped the
from 7 ministries attended this training led meeting with the newly elected Service Team, participants who came from across UK to
by Colin Calmiano from Bangalore and Dr. a special ‘Ladies Meet’ and a one-day build a very strong relationship with each
Julio from the UK. programme on the 18th based on the theme other and become one big family in Jesus.
Anointing Ceremony ‘Living out our call to mission in Canada for Fun and Fellowship Day
The Anointing Ceremony of all the new Families and Youth’. Over 200 Jesus Youth gathered for a Fun and
ministry core teams was held on 16th August Prayer for ending Christian persecution Fellowship Day organized at Blessed Robert
2008 at the Risen Christ Church, Toa Payoh. A combined vigil service to pray for the end of Grissold Catholic Church grounds on 27th
The new leaders stepped forward in prayer Christian persecution in India and Vietnam September 2008. The different games,
to be blessed by their Spiritual Director, Fr. was held on 22nd November at the McMaster fellowship meal and Holy Mass were an
William Goh. University, Hamilton. Two core team members- experience of joy and bonding for all.
Ann Pius Sebin and Mimi worked behind this initiative Leaders’ Training & Retreat
along with Fr. Peter Tuyen Nguyen. The first in the series of a year-long leaders’
CANADA
Roy David training programme was conducted on 18th
‘Amazing Grace’ and 19th October 2008 at Erdington,
Fired-up with ‘power from above’ after WYD NEW ZEALAND
Birmingham by Raiju Varghese and Navin
2008, the Youth Core Team put together a ‘Come and See’ Workshops
Bruce Thomas. C. C. Joseph and Navin also
one-day programme for teens called One-day workshops were conducted in
led an initial level retreat organized jointly
‘Amazing Grace’ on 23rd August 2008. This Auckland (4th Oct.) and in Christchurch (9th
by the Syro-Malabar Community and Jesus

Leadership Training Programme, Singapore ‘Come and See’, New Zealand Discipleship Training Programme, UK

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Fun & Fellowship Day, UK Most Rev. Felipe de Jesus Estevez‘with JY, USA Youth Night, Italy

Youth from 24th -26th October 2008 at the ‘Elohim’08’ led by Fr. George and Dony Peter Training & Family Programme
Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall, Liverpool. had 82 participants. His Excellency Most Rev. The first JY prayer group in English was
Pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi and Padua Felipe de Jesus Estevez, Bishop of the initiated during a programme held on 29th and
A pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi and Padua was Archdiocese of Miami celebrated the 30th Sept. at Our Lady of Rosary Church with
organized by the JY of UK from 11th – 16th concluding Mass. about 10 youth under the guidance of Fr.
October 2008. About 100 people participated Family Retreats Abraham Pallivathukal SJ. On 2nd October,
in this pilgrimage which included attending With the hope of establishing missionary potential JY leaders were invited to hear Fr
the canonization ceremony of St. Alphonsa families, a series of retreats for families Abraham speak in depth on spiritual issues,
of the Immaculate Conception on 12th were conducted by Fr. Dheeraj Sabu of the lifestyle and our basic call. A JY family
Santvana Community and Dr. C.C. Alicekutty retreat was also organized on 3rd October
October at Rome.
in different parts of the continent (Toronto, 2008 in which family cell groups were formed
Sibi Joseph and Jaison N.M. was selected as its Co-
Chicago, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Houston,
USA and Florida). ordinator.
Reconstitution of the National Team Binu Abraham Jibin Steephen
From 17th -19th October 2008, Jesus Youth of
USA reconstituted three national-level ITALY
teams: the national team, the national youth Youth Night, Rome
team, and the national family team. The Piazza Navona, a place famous for its
process was facilitated by George Devassy evening gatherings recently saw a youth
and Manoj Sunny. The Co-ordinator of the programme of the diocese of Rome, co-
new National Team is Sunil Nadarajan and ordinated by Shaloam - a movement of
the Pastor is Fr. Vinod Madathiparambil. The Brazilian origin. Jesus Youth presented two
new Family Team is headed by Georgee and songs with choreography at this event held
Sunitha and the new Youth Team by Thomas on 27th September 2008.
Pulickal. ‘Foundation in Christ’ Retreat
‘Ephphatha Retreat’, California Twenty youth participated in a retreat
The much awaited Ephphatha, the first JY organized by the Nurses Ministry of Rome on
programme at St. Alphonsa Syro-Malabar 1st Nov. 2008. The participants were guided
Catholic Church, Los Angeles, California was by Fr. Davis Kizhakkumthala and the local JY.
held from 28th -30th November for around 75 Manu John
youngsters between the ages of 8 and 17.
QATAR
SPOT Intercession
‘Ephphatha 2008’ Initial Level Retreats
The JYA Intercession Ministry has launched a
JY Qatar organized a series of retreats and
new initiative - SPOT intercession – which
trainings from 15th Sept. – 5th Oct. 2008. The
enables you to pray with the movement
retreats were led by Fr. Abraham
through a few short prayer intentions. The
Pallivathukal SJ. Julius Antony also
prayer intentions can be found at O BLESSED VIRGIN MARY,
supported the team with his constant
www.jesusyouth.us/SPOT or downloaded on HELP US TO LIVE OUT TODAY THE
presence. About 120 youth from various
your iPhone or Gmail. MISSION OF EVANGELIZATION
camps of the Industrial Area attended the
Penuel & Elohim Retreats retreat from 15th - 19th Sept. while the WHICH YOUR SON HAS GIVEN US.
Fr. George Kumblumootil conducted a series residents of Doha came together from 20th - MINDFUL OF YOUR ROLE AS THE
of initial retreats and formation retreats for 22nd Sept. The first-ever retreat held at the HELP OF CHRISTIANS, WE ENTRUST
youth and adults throughout the United Ras Laffan area camp from 23rd - 26th Sept. OURSELVES TO YOU IN THE WORK OF
States. The youth retreat at Miami, Florida - was attended by over 300 youth. CARRYING THE GOSPEL EVER
DEEPER INTO THE HEARTS AND
LIVES OF ALL THE PEOPLE.

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