FORGIVEN AND FREE: A Festival of Mercy

How are you planning to close the Jubilee of Mercy?  Join this overnight festival with other young people!

The Archdiocese of Manila, through its Ministry on Campus (part of its archdiocesan youth ministry office), and the Adamson University Campus Ministry is putting up “FORGIVEN AND FREE: A Festival of Mercy” this November 19-20.


The festival welcomes young people in groups, whether school-based or not.  Registration online is necessary using the registration form (attached) provided by the organizers, as well as a nominal fee of only P200 per person (to cover event ID, kit, and November 19 dinner and November 20 breakfast).  No onsite registration will be entertained.

To be held in the Adamson University in Manila, this overnight vigil will begin at 4:00 PM of Saturday, and end at 8:00 AM of Sunday, Solemnity of Christ the King and closing day of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy declared by Pope Francis last year.

It will be a celebration of God’s mercy, His gift to His beloved children as we close the jubilee!  As Pope Francis himself said, “The Jubilee is like a party to which Jesus invites us all, without excluding anyone.  It is a time when we discover that life together as brothers and sisters is like a great party, perhaps the most beautiful party we can imagine, the endless party that Jesus has taught us to celebrate by His Spirit.”

If you are a student in Metro Manila or nearby areas, tell your school about this; if you are from a parish or youth group, let your leaders know.  Be part of this party for mercy!

More details are available on the event’s Facebook page–

CYMPLE (Certificate on Youth Ministry, Pastoral Leadership and Empowerment)

The Archdiocesan Commission on Youth of Manila and the University of Santo Tomas offer Certificate on Youth Ministry, Pastoral Leadership and Empowerment (CYMPLE). This is a 7-Saturday non-degree certificate course designed to equip youth leaders and potential youth leaders with the necessary skills demanded by youth ministry. Course sessions are held at the UST Center for Campus Ministry. This batch, already the 5th since the CYMPLE began to be offered by the partnership between the two offices through its Center for Campus Ministry, enrolled some 29 youth leaders coming from various parishes in the archdiocese, as well as from the UST campus ministry and a couple of ecclesial youth movements. They started last 02 April and will end on 02 July 2016.


The ECY Secretariat was invited by Rev. Fr. Ramon Jade Licuanan, Youth Director of the Archdiocese of Manila, to handle the second session last 16 April, on Catholic youth ministry. Mr. Stephen Borja facilitated the session. Other sessions are on engaged citizenship, effective youth leadership, youth catechesis, critical thinking, peer facilitating, etc.

The April 16 session targeted to present youth ministry as outlined by KA-LAKBAY, the Directory for Catholic youth ministry in the country. Guided by the story of the road to Emmaus (cf. Lk 24:13-35), the whole group journeyed in an understanding of youth ministry according to how Jesus acted in the encounter and seeing His actions as instructive and inspiring in their ministry now: choosing to come and walk by the side of the youth, listening to them, enabling them to recognize the Lord as alive in their lives, living in communion with them, and uniting them with their communities.

Various elements of youth ministry were also discussed within the deepening of the Gospel story, such as the three (3) goals of youth ministry and how these are interrelated, leading to an integral approach in ministry; and the seven (7) characteristics which should describe authentic youth ministry.

The session ended with a planning strategy for youth ministry culled from the KA-LAKBAY contents, which Stephen presented to the group. This strategy involved relating the six (6) components of youth ministry to one’s perception of young people according to their faith needs, what is described in KA-LAKBAY as potential audience.

The course participants expressed much learning from the session, and excitement for the next sessions.


Empowering Youth Ministers Against Human Trafficking: Talitha Kum partners with ECY

The Philippine Catholic Church fortifies it commitment to stop trafficking in persons through its bold step of gathering more than 70 delegates from 17 dioceses nationwide for an intensive training course on trafficking in persons. Organized by the Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY) represented by its President, Most Rev. Leopoldo Jaucian, SVD, DD and Talitha Kum- the International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons represented by its International Coordinator, Sr. Estrella Castalone, FMA and Asia Coordinator, Sr. Maria Victoria P. Sta. Ana, FMA, this project aims to empower the youth ministers to stop this modern-day slavery.


Experts and well-known counter trafficking advocates lead the provided significant inputs in this 5-day training course held from April 20 to 24, 2015 in Lipa City. They were: Ms. Sally Ujano (National Coordinator of Philippines Against Child Trafficking – PACT); Ms. Jean Enriquez (Executive Director of Coalition Against Trafficking in Women in Asia Pacific- CATWAP); and Sr. Henedina Mananzan from the Religious of Good Shepherd. The Laura Vicuña Foundation’s experiences  on Protection, Prevention and Partnership strategies in Counter Trafficking were also presented by its Executive Director Sr. Maria Victoria P. Sta. Ana, FMA.


The very rich and interactive discussions harnessed the potentials of youth ministers toward the prevention and protection of children, minors and youth from the grim reality of trafficking in persons specifically in the dioceses which are disaster prone, i.e. frequently devastated by natural calamities:  typhoons, earthquakes, floods, landslides.


Four bishops who diligently completed the four-day session namely: Most Rev. Guillermo Afable, DD, Most Rev. Ricardo Baccay, DD, Most Rev. Romulo Dela Cruz, DD, and Most Rev. Buenaventura Famadico, DD served as inspiration for the youth ministers to be well-informed, courageous, daring, innovative, vigilant and be Christ-centered and ecclesial in their response in counter-acting human trafficking.In order to address the reality of trafficking at the diocesan level, some of the commitments were:

1) conduct advocacy and awareness program on Human Trafficking in schools, parishes and communities;

2) strengthen partnership and networking with LGUS, NGOs and like-minded organizations addressing the issue of trafficking in persons (TIP);

3) integrate TIP issue of trafficking in persons in their existing programs and formations for youth;

4) cascade this training course to their youth leaders;

5) create a special council or committee that will focus on TIP and extend services to TIP survivors such us identifying victims and open dialogue with them;

5) (sic) extend volunteer services to NGOs that serve trafficked victims such as Laura Vicuña and ECPAT;

6) conduct interfaith dialogue to solidify effort of the church against human trafficking;

7) conduct research and training of volunteers and advocates; and,

8) monitor the implementation of these action plans.


The training course was concluded with a show of commitment and strong conviction of implementing their plans to the following dioceses that were represented in this training course: Archdiocese of Tuguegarao; Archdiocese of Jaro; Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, Archdiocese of Manila, Diocese of Kalibo, Archdiocese of Zamboanga, Diocese of Legazpi, Archdiocese of Palo, Prelature of Isabela de Basilan, Diocese of Malolos, Diocese of Daet, Archdiocese of Davao, Diocese of Cubao, Archdiocese of Cebu, Diocese of Digos, Diocese of San Pablo, and the Archdiocese of San Fernando.


Source: E-newsletter no. 10 (April 2015) of the Laura Vicuna Foundation, Inc.

Remittance of share of NYD2013 Mass collection

Happy Easter!
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The CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Youth expresses its deep gratitude
to the following ecclesiastical territories
for their remittance of financial support to our office
as represented by the 30% of their Misa de Gallo collections
last 16 December (list as of 31 March 2014)

Diocese of Bangued

Diocese of Bayombong

Diocese of Cabanatuan

Archdiocese of Manila

Diocese of Novaliches

Diocese of Parañaque

Diocese of Boac

Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan

Diocese of Libmanan

Diocese of Calbayog

Archdiocese of Cebu

Diocese of Naval

Diocese of Talibon

Archdiocese of Jaro

Diocese of Digos

Diocese of Kidapawan

Diocese of Marbel

Prelature of Isabela

Apostolic Vicariate of Jolo

May we take this occasion to appeal to those who have not yet remitted their share to do so, as this will be a great help to support our commission to fulfill its mandate.
Thank you very much for your kind attention!
In this Year of the Laity, may we continue to choose to be brave:
to make into saints and heroes the youth entrusted to us by our Lord,
by becoming saints and heroes ourselves.