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:
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
Asian Youth Journeying with Jesus Towards the Third Millenium Asian Youth Day 1 Asian Youth Ministers’ Meeting 1
Hua Hin, Thailand
God is Near Asian Youth Gathering
World Youth Day, Rome
We are called to Sanctity and Solidarity
Asian Youth Day 2
Asian Youth Ministers’ Meeting 2 Taipei, Taiwan
Youth of Asia…Salt and Light
Asian Youth Gathering
World Youth Day, Toronto
Asian Youth for Peace
Asian Youth Day 3 Asian Youth Ministers’ Meeting 3
Young Asian Magi: Let’s Praise and Worship
Asian Youth Gathering World Youth Day, Germany
Youth, Hope of Asian Families
Asian Youth Day 4
Asian Youth Ministers’ Meeting 4
Youth Ministry in Asia: Reliving the Emmaus Story
Bishops’ Institute for Lay Apostolate (BILA) on Youth Johor, Malaysia
www.sgen.asianyouth Witnessing Worldwide, Spirit Generation, Asian Youth!
Asian Youth Gathering World Youth Day, Sydney
YAsia Fiesta: Young Asians Come Together Share the Word, Live the Eucharist
Asian Youth Day 5
Asian Youth Ministers’ Meeting 5
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:
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
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
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
Youth Desk Team - a small group of people that regularly plans, monitors and
sees through all programs of the Youth Desk.
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.
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