ECY-Philippines Group Orientation

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“ECY-Philippines”, the official delegation of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)-Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY) to the World Youth Day (WYD) 2016, formally met in the persons of its Delegation Secretariat and its Group Leaders and Assistant Leaders through a Group Orientation last 2015 August 15 in the Santa Isabel College along Taft Avenue, Manila.  The orientation was led by the Delegation Head, Rev. Fr. Conegundo B. Garganta, who is also the Executive Secretary of the ECY.
There were twenty-nine groups present in the orientation, namely:

From particular churches and their diocesan youth ministries:
Archdiocese of Caceres
Archdiocese of Davao
Archdiocese of Lipa
Archdiocese of Palo
Diocese of Antipolo
Diocese of Bangued
Diocese of Butuan
Diocese of Cabanatuan
Diocese of Dumaguete
Diocese of Kalibo
Diocese of Maasin
Diocese of Malolos
Diocese of San Jose (Antique)
Military Ordinariate of the Philippines

From member organizations of the Federation of National Youth Organizations (FNYO)
Chiro Youth Movement
CFC-Singles for Christ
CFC-Singles for Family and Life
CFC-Youth for Christ
CFC-Youth for Family and Life
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul – Youth
Youth for Mary and Christ

From educational institutions
Assumption Antipolo
Assumption College, SLV (San Lorenzo Village)
School of Saint Anthony
St. Scholastica’s College-Westgrove

From other communities
Holy Trinity Community
Light of Jesus Family-The Feast Makati
Order of Augustinian Recollects

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In the orientation, Fr. Garganta, together with other members of the Delegation Secretariat, led the attendees in understanding the application procedure set for the ECY-Philippines, the required preparations after acceptance, and an overview of the pilgrimage from the Philippines to Poland and back.

From this initial encounter, these Group Leaders and Assistant Leaders have been commissioned to start the preparation of their groups in their respective settings, both in the practical and pastoral aspects.

International Meeting on WYD Rio 2013 – Krakow 2016

Sassone di Ciampino, 10 – 13 April 2014
Press release

Dear Young Friends,

How vividly I recall the remarkable meeting we had in Rio de Janeiro for the Twenty-eighth World Youth Day. It was a great celebration of faith and fellowship! […] The next stop on our intercontinental youth pilgrimage will be in Krakow in 2016. As a way of accompanying our journey together, for the next three years I would like to reflect with you on the Beatitudes found in the Gospel of Saint Matthew (5:1-12). This year we will begin by reflecting on the first Beatitude: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 5:3). For 2015 I suggest: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Mt 5:8). Then, in 2016, our theme will be: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt 5:7).

With these words that open the Message for the 29th World Youth Day, Pope Francis summed up the spiritual path being offered to the youth of the world for the years between WYDs in Rio de Janeiro and Krakow. It is a journey that follows the way of the Beatitudes in search of “the courage of happiness”.

Youth ministry leaders from all over the world will be proceeding along this route as they meet in Rome from 10 to 13 April on the invitation of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. This will be the first international meeting concerning the event in Krakow, and it will be an important opportunity for evaluation and reflection on the part of those who work for World Youth Day. Approximately 250 delegates are expected from about 90 countries and 45 communities, associations and movements of young Catholics. The organising committees of both Rio de Janeiro 2013 and Krakow 2016 will be present.

The conference will begin on Thursday 10 April with an introductory greeting by Cardinal Stanisław Ryłko, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. The day will be devoted to assessing WYD 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, “a celebration of faith and fellowship”. The speakers will be Cardinal Orani João Tempesta, Archbishop of Rio, and members of the Rio Local Organising Committee (COL). They will review the organisational and pastoral aspects of the event, and its impact on the archdiocese of Rio and on youth ministry in Brazil. An assessment will be made of the pastoral impact of WYD 2013 on the five continents, enriched by the contributions and testimonies of the participants.

On our way to Krakow 2016” is the theme of the sessions on Friday 11 April. Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, Archbishop of Krakow, will speak about the significance of WYD for the diocese that will host the event from 26 to 31 July 2016. This will be followed by an introduction on the Church in Poland, with particular attention given to youth ministry. The Krakow Local Organising Committee will be introduced. They will give an initial presentation of the organisation of WYD 2016 and will open discussion on the projects, ideas and pastoral dynamics of the event.

Saturday 12 April will be an opportunity to reflect together on the subject of “The integration of WYD in regular youth ministry”. Bishop Josef Clemens, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, will speak about the Church’s commitment to the young from John Paul II to Pope Francis. This will be followed by a panel discussion on the expectations of young people. The panel will include Rev. Daniel Ange, founder of the Jeunesse Lumière school of prayer and evangelisation, Chiara Amirante, founder of the Nuovi Orizzonti Community, and Dr. Bernhard Meuser, promoter and co-author of Youcat. Then, with the contributions of the delegates, focus will be placed on how youth ministry responds to the new challenges presented by the pontificate of Pope Francis in different parts of the world.

On Sunday 13 April, the delegates will attend Palm Sunday Mass presided by Pope Francis in Saint Peter’s Square and the Rome diocesan celebration of the 29th World Youth Day. The Meeting will conclude at the San Lorenzo International Youth Centre.


ECY-Philippines WYD2013 E-Magazine

Happy Easter, ka-lakbays! As an Easter gift, we proudly present to you the ECY-Philippines WYD2013 E-MAGAZINE.  It is a special magazine that will take you to a JOURNEY that is heart-warming and life-changing… no other than the World Youth Day!  Reading this will be like digging into a treasure chest of memories of the pilgrims of the ECY-Philippines Delegation who have received the blessing of taking part in this international celebration of faith and mission last July 2013.

We hope that you will enjoy this magazine as you also take to heart the mission that we have all received from our Risen Lord through the WYD: Go and Make Disciples of All Nations! [Mt. 28:19]

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Let us be filled with the new life won for us by Jesus, for a renewed impetus for the mission!


Themes for World Youth Days


(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has decided on the themes for the next three World Youth Days. These mark a three-year itinerary of spiritual preparation that will culminate with the international WYD with the Successor of Peter scheduled for Krakow in Poland in July 2016.


29th World Youth Day, 2014
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 5:3).

30th World Youth Day, 2015
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (Mt 5:8)

31st World Youth Day, 2016 (Krakow)
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” (Mt 5:7)

The three themes are taken from the Gospel Beatitudes. In Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis asked the young people “with all my heart” to read the Beatitudes again and to make them the action plan for their lives: “Look, read the Beatitudes: that will do you good!” (cf. Meeting with the youth from Argentina gathered in the Cathedral of São Sebastião, 25 July 2013).



WYD2013 ECY-Philippines Photo Gallery

Delegation Preparatory Session – Day 1 – 6 July 2013

Delegation Preparatory Session – Day 2 – 7 July 2013

Semana Missionaria – 14-22 July 2013

Semana Missionaria Album 2

Arrival at Paroquia San Francisco Xavier, Tijuca – 22 July 2013

Opening Mass – 23 July 2013

Catechesis – 24 July 2013

7th Asian Youth Gathering – 24 July 2013

Catechesis – 25 July 2013

Papal Welcome Ceremony – 25 July 2013

Catechesis – 26 July 2013 

Holy Hour – 26 July 2013

Vigil with Pope Francis

WYD 2013 Closing Mass

ECY-Philippines Re-Entry Session

There is always something new

It was a blessed day to start my journey to Rio as I attended the preparatory session last July 6-7, 2013 at the Don Bosco, Technical Institute, Makati City. Our Subgroup left Lipa City at 6:00 am carrying with us the hopes and excitement of taking part in the World Youth Day 2013. I am happy to be a part of the AYC-Lipa Sub-Group under ECY-Philippines Delegation.


As we went through the two (2) days of Preparatory Session, series of activities were done to prepare us for our journey to Brazil. For me it is not an easy journey because this Pilgrimage entails physical, emotional, financial, intellectual and spiritual preparations.

We arrived at Don Bosco, Makati City at 8:00 AM. I am happy to see familiar faces as I entered Joy Center. Friends I’ve meet during the past NCYM, NYCC, NYD and WYD which made me reminisce the experiences I gained during those events. The first day were filled with animation, personal reflections, sharing and inputs in relation to the message of the Holy Father, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, for the World Youth Day 2013.


On the second day, the animation of the WYD 2013 theme songs were mastered by the delegates. Lanie, Badette, Lea and Stephen of the NSYA oriented us on how the pilgrimage to Brazil will run through from the Missionary Week until the Re-Entry Session. Meetings for Sub-Group Leaders, Documentation Team, and Priest Pilgrims were done and all the pilgrims were listening attentively to the final instructions for the orderly and safe travel to a place which requires a day of travel by air.

The road to Rio means a lot and I expect that like my other journeys, it will be a fruitful and meaningful one. This is my first time to visit South America and I hope that I will always feel secure and safe in my entire journey.

As I prepare myself in the preparatory session, I find it interesting to learn that my journey is on the right track. I enumerated five reasons for joining World Youth Day 2013 and I’m happy to know that it was aligned in the enumerated Elements of World Youth Day except that I forgot the Fourth (4th) element which refers to the Value of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I almost forgot this element although I always prepare myself spiritually by receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation before our departure. Since the time I joined the WYD, I always use WYD as a venue to reconcile with God and acknowledge that as a sinner, I am willing to change and embrace God’s love.


The best thing that I gained in the Preparatory session is that although I’ve been to several WYDs before, there is something new that God is offering me in every event.  New experiences and miracles will gradually unfold as I continue my journey. I still need to do major preparations physically, financially and spiritually for myself and I have to contribute to the best that I can in order to make this experience a memorable and fruitful one. This Preparatory session is helpful since I was able to picture out what will happen in Rio de Janeiro and it reminded me of the important things that I need to do as I make my personal preparations.

Ms. Ermelita Kasilag 
Archdiocese of Lipa Sub-Group
ECY Philippines Correspondent
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WYDRIO2013 Update: Submission of individual application


The ECY-Philippines Delegation Secretariat received the applications from its sub-groups yesterday, 31 January 2013. These sub-groups have submitted:

Diocesan youth ministries
Archdiocese of Lipa, Diocese of Butuan, Diocese of Dumaguete, Diocese of Parañaque, Military Ordinariate

Federation of National Youth Organizations
CFC-Singles for Family and Life, CFC-Youth for Christ, CFC-Youth for Family and Life

Kadang Dominiko (of the Santuario de Santo Cristo Parish, San Juan City)

Assumption College


There were a few individual pilgrims from various settings who also submitted their application.

The period of application for membership in ECY-Philippines is extended until 28 February 2013.