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Youth Desk


History and Background

 

The Youth Desk was organized under the Office of the Laity as the official arm of FABC that responds to the needs and concerns of the youth and youth ministry of Asia, particularly its member Episcopal conferences.


It was established in 1994 after a series of consultations with Asian youth ministers and leaders which started in the WYD 1991 in Czestochowa, Poland. Here, Asian youth delegates dreamed of uniting their efforts toward an Asian response, an Asian voice. This was communicated to the Bishops of the FABC Office of the Laity.


In 1993, a Youth consultation meeting in Bangkok was organized, where the delegates aired as part of their recommendations to FABC to organize a youth commission under the office of the laity so that youth and youth ministers in Asia can be supported and to foster collaboration and networking amongst youth commissions.


Thus in 1994, the Youth Desk was born. This saw forth the succeeding programs and activities for Asian youth and youth ministers:

1997

Youth in the Socio-Economic Development of Asia: A Challenge to Integrate Faith in Youth Life and Work
BILA on Youth, Tagaytay Manila

 

"We are the Church" Asian Youth Gathering
World Youth Day, France

1999

Asian Youth Journeying with Jesus Towards the Third Millenium
Asian Youth Day 1
Asian Youth Ministers’ Meeting 1
Hua Hin, Thailand

2000

God is Near
Asian Youth Gathering
World Youth Day, Rome

2001

We are called to Sanctity and Solidarity
Asian Youth Day 2
Asian Youth Ministers’ Meeting 2
Taipei, Taiwan

2002

Youth of Asia…Salt and Light
Asian Youth Gathering
World Youth Day, Toronto

2003

Asian Youth for Peace
Asian Youth Day 3
Asian Youth Ministers’ Meeting 3
Bangalore, India

2005

Young Asian Magi: Let’s Praise and Worship
Asian Youth Gathering
World Youth Day, Germany

2006

Youth, Hope of Asian Families
Asian Youth Day 4
Asian Youth Ministers’ Meeting 4
Hongkong

2007

Youth Ministry in Asia:
Reliving the Emmaus Story

Bishops’ Institute for Lay Apostolate (BILA) on Youth
Johor, Malaysia

2008

www.sgen.asianyouth
Witnessing Worldwide, Spirit Generation, Asian Youth!

Asian Youth Gathering
World Youth Day, Sydney

2009

YAsia Fiesta:
Young Asians Come Together Share the Word, Live the Eucharist

Asian Youth Day 5
Asian Youth Ministers’ Meeting 5
Imus, Philippines

 

 

Results

 

These events have created awareness on the enormous gift and capacity of the young in building up the Church of Asia and their role in social transformation.

 

It has encouraged collaboration and networking among Asian youth ministers. The gatherings were a venue for exchange of experiences and technology in doing youth ministry.

 

It has deepened youth ministers’ conviction in the ministry and enabled them to widen their vision for the young.

For many youth delegates, the experience of Church in the Asian youth events was extraordinary. The sense of unity and solidarity allowed them to understand the church as a community, as a family of faith. The spiritual formation offered by the programs and activities, were Christ encounters for them; meeting him in a relevant way in their young lives and challenging them to renew their lives according to His design.

 

 

Goals and Priorities

 

In March 2004, the Youth Desk initiated a move towards more concrete direction for Asian youth ministry by organizing a consultative body meeting. This was composed of representative youth ministers from the 3 subregions. Together, they began the steps towards building a vision for youth ministry and considering the top priorities of the Youth Desk in the next five years.

 


These are the following:

  1. Empowering youth ministers towards holistic development of youth by:
  • organizing continental and subregional programs based on life and spirituality
  • facilitating exchange of programs among countries
  • making available a directory of Asian resource persons and centers for formation
  1. Providing assistance to Episcopal conferences and youth commissions by:
  • establishing network among youth commissions
  • providing information on youth ministry endeavors within and around Asia (E-mails/websites / newsletter (electronic) )
  • raising awareness on youth ministry to bishops, priests and lay people
  1. Promoting understanding and witnessing to justice, peace and
    option for the poor by
  • establishing links with organizations and movements for justice and peace
  • developing a resource center for youth modules on values development and integral spirituality formation

 

Structure

 

  1. Youth Desk Team - a small group of people that regularly plans, monitors and sees through all programs of the Youth Desk.
  2. Consultative Body - composed of subregional representatives regularly consulted by the youth desk for its plans and programs; the term of this body will be until the next AYMM.
  3. Ad Hoc Teams - organized for specific purposes either selected by the consultative body or recommended by commissions. Their term only last until the end of their particular project or program

 

 

contact

 

 

Executive Board

 

Archbishop Patrick D'Rozario, csc

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Chairman

 

Bishop Joel Z. Baylon

Legaspi, Philippines

 

 

 

OLF & Women's Desk

Ms. Wendy Louis

Executive Secretary

CAEC, 2 Highland Rd

#01-09

Singapore 549102

Tel: (65) 68587081

E-mail: fabc.laityfamily@gmail.com

 

 

Youth Desk

Fr. Patrick S. Gomes

Executive Secretary

c/o Archbishop's House

1 No. Kakrail Road, Ramna

G.P.O. Box 3, Dhaka 1000

Bangladesh

Tel: (88-02) 934 5131 / 831 5405-09

E-mail: psimongomes@yahoo.com

youthdeskfabc@gmail.com

 

 

AsIPA (BEC) Desk

Ms. Bibiana Joo-hyun Ro

Executive Secretary

643-1 Junggok 1-dong

Gwangjin-gu, Seoul

South Korea, 143 912

Tel: (82-2) 460 7547

Fax: (82-2) 460 7545

E-mail: asipa.fabc@gmail.com

 

 

 



 

 

Youth Desk EVENTS

The Summit of Asian Religious

Youth Leader

 

 

 

Youth Desk DOCUMENTS

Statement of the

4th Asian Youth Day 2006


Statement of the

5th Asian Youth Day 2009


Pastoral Recommendations

Towards a World-Centered and Eucharistic Youth Ministry

 

 

 

Youth Desk ANNUAL REPORTS

2008-2009