Catholic Youth Leaders Sent Forth on Mission!

JOHOR BAHRU: “Today’s leaders, tomorrow’s legends – Catholic Youths With A Mission!” was the war cry of the Catholic Youth Leaders Evangelization Seminar’s (CYLES) participants.

More than 60 youth leaders from the Arch/Dioceses of Kuala Lumpur, Malacca Johore and Penang took part in the event organized by the Institute for New Evangelization (INE) from November 15 to 17 at MAJODI Centre in Plentong.

Catholic Youth Leaders Evangelisation Seminar 1 The outline of the seminar focused on the Church’s call towards being missionary disciples, in line with the Extraordinary Missionary Year (EMY 2019).

Archbishop Julian Leow, Fr Simon Lau, Sr Shanti Mariadass FdCC, Nelson Tjiunardi, Simon Wong, Patrick Anthony, Alex Choong, Carmelita Xavier, Maryann Robert, Michael Xavier and Matthew Wee were presenters for the seminar.

Archbishop Leow shared with the youths that evangelization is an imperative for all disciples of Christ entering into the 21st century, adding that one must be “converted and evangelized first, to change our own minds before sharing Jesus with others.”

Catholic Youth Leaders Evangelisation Seminar 2 “The spirituality of a missionary is to wake, walk and work with Jesus; to have a sense of being connected to the Holy Trinity which is the aim, soul and heart of our mission,” said Sr Shanti.

The young people were also inspired by Fr Lau’s vocation testimony that speaks of God’s faithfulness in His journey towards becoming a shepherd after His own heart.

Nelson Tjiunardi then shared on the hand presentation, using fingers to deliver important Gospel messages and that God offers the gift of eternal life to those who believe, repent and trust in Him.

Catholic Youth Leaders Evangelisation Seminar 3 The models of evangelization presented by Simon Wong and Patrick Anthony, helped participants to explore on how the Church has evangelized, and heeding the call of Pope Francis to bring the Church of Christ on mission in the world.

“To identify ourselves with the Holy Spirit, we need to know ourselves in Christ, recognize the Spirit’s power and live like it,” said Carmelita and Maryann in sharing that the Holy Spirit is the principle agent of evangelization.

In the art of evangelizing to the youths, Michael Xavier and Matthew Wee shared 6Is to persuasive evangelizing – Introduce, Interact, Inquire, Input, Intercede and Initiate.

Catholic Youth Leaders Evangelisation Seminar 4 Participants were also equipped with action planning by Alex Choong, to adapt a missionary mindset in having initiatives that lead to development of a missionary plan for every ministry.

The highlight of the seminar was the Baptized and Sent Experience, with the paraliturgy being led by Bishop Bernard Paul in remembering one’s own Sacrament of Baptism.

Participants journeyed through several steps such as being cross-bearers, kneeling before the altar as a call to covenant and lighting candles as bearers of light; ending with a loud declaration: “We are Baptised and Sent!” affirming the acceptance towards the mission of evangelization.

Catholic Youth Leaders Evangelisation Seminar 5 Bishop Bernard also celebrated the Commissioning Mass, in which he reflected on the Gospel reading and said that God’s Kingdom will reign forever and end all forms of evil.

“We need to have three God-given strengths: to become more in faith towards God, to battle evil using love and goodness, to bear up with hope founded on the word,” he said.

After Mass, participants received a certificate and badge from Bishop Bernard as recognition towards completion of the seminar. – By Aaron Lim

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