‘Youth Ministry Awareness’ Week kicks off

MANILA, Dec. 10, 2015 – The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY) opened Wednesday, Dec. 9, the annual Youth Ministry Awareness Week set to run until Dec. 15, Tuesday, ahead of the local celebration of the National Youth Day (NYD) on Dec. 16, Wednesday.

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According to CBCP-ECY, the weeklong event is in line with a declaration proposed by the National Youth Coordinating Council which the former approved at a meeting in July 2003.

It reads: “That youth ministry awareness be launched extensively in the regions, dioceses and youth organizations: during the week prior to the celebration of National Youth Day  (Dec. 16), the regional councils prepare an effective program promoting youth ministry” (Click here to read more).

16 December 2015 – National Youth Day

The Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY) is pleased to provide you and your youth ministry office the National Youth Day (NYD) 2015 Formation Program.

This NYD2015 Formation Program was first implemented in the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao for the NYD2015 national celebration last November 11-15, through the kind generosity of Most Rev. SERGIO L. UTLEG, DD, Archbishop of Tuguegarao, Most Rev. RICARDO L. BACCAY, his Auxiliary Bishop, and the whole archdiocese, under the able coordination of the archdiocesan youth ministry office.  The NYD2015 theme is “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” [Mt 5:8], which the Holy Father proposes for young people to reflect upon through his message on the occasion of the World Youth Day (WYD) 2015.

Earnestly we enjoin you, through your youth ministers, to gather and lead our young people in a meaningful celebration of the NYD, which the CBCP has appointed every December 16.  You can also download the report form about the implementation of this program.

As we welcome the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy  and our very own Year of the Family and the Eucharist, may we altogether kneel in repentance, adoration and service  because of hearts purified, able to see and acknowledge the face of God, where “there is mercy and fullness of redemption” (Ps 130:7).


Fraternally yours in Christ,



Bishop, Diocese of Bangued

Chairman, CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Youth

For those preparing to come for the NYD2015 in the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao

NYD2015 Update:


11-15 November – National Youth Day (NYD) 2015

Youth Ministers in the Diocesan Youth Ministry Offices and National Councils,
Joyful greetings in the Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life!
We are pleased to present to you the invitation from the ECY Chairman, Most Rev. LEOPOLDO C. JAUCIAN, SVD, DD, to the NATIONAL YOUTH DAY 2015.
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May we also take this opportunity to inform your youth ministry office regarding the 2015 Meeting of the National Youth Coordinating Council, which will take place after the NYD2015, also in the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao, i.e.on November 1618.  Concerned youth ministers, i.e. Regional Youth Directors, Coordinators and Leaders, are hereby advised (the letter of invitation and other information will follow) and requested to contact our office should they have further inquiries.
Thank you for your kind attention and full support for youth ministry.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Executive Secretary