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Evangelizers among youth

 

Reference document for Marist Youth Ministry

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PJMThe document « Evangelizers among youth » was put in the hands of the Marist Institute in July-August 2011. It is intended to place the Marist Youth Ministry on a firm footing in all the Provinces and Districts and set evangelization at the heart of the Marist mission.

In January 2007, the General Council created an International Commission in order to prepare a reference document for the Institute on Marist Youth Ministry, so that it might be the base for its further development in the various Provinces and Districts. The Commission, co-ordinated by Br Emili Turú, consisted of the following members: Br Michael Schmalzl (Central West Europe), Mr Paul Salmon (Melbourne), Br Ifeanyi Stephen Mbaegbu (Nigeria), Br Ramon Rúbies (L’Hermitage), Br Rommel Ocasiones (Philippines), Mr Fabiano Incerti (Brasil Centro-Sul), Br Raúl Goitea (Cruz del Sur).  The participants from the General Administration were Br Juan Miguel Anaya, of the Mission Commission, and Br Ernesto Sánchez, director of the Vocations Bureau. It met for the first time in August 2007, then twice more, in March and December 2008.

As a « reference document », the text is of a general character and of wide scope. But it is sufficiently clear and explicit on the subject of our understanding and experience of what the MYM means. It possesses, at the same time, guidelines and a vocabulary which may have universal validity and application. The document will be an aid for  Provinces lacking experience in MYM. It will help also in the revision, revitalization and reinforcement of the MYM in the Provinces and Districts already familiar with it.

The document is principally meant for the persons, adults or youth, responsible for the different levels of the MYM activities in each of the Administrative Units. It could be an excellent instrument for the formation of multipliers and leaders of the MYM. As such, it is recommended to the study of all the brothers, religious communities and lay people engaged in the Marist mission.

The document is organised in six chapters which lay out the basic elements for carrying out the Marist Youth Ministry:

  • Chapter 1: The world of youth and the gifts they bring to our world and the Church: « We go where the youth are ».
  • Chapter 2: The doctrinal framework of MYM: « I cannot see a young person without telling them how much Jesus loves them ».
  • Chapter 3: Definition and characteristics of MYM: « The Hermitage, our common home ».
  • Chapter 4: Teaching, pastoral and methodological options of MYM: « If the Lord does not build the house… ».
  • Chapter 5: Vision and hopes of the youth of MYM: « Good Christians and good citizens ».
  • Chapter 6: Networks, structures and encouragement of international links: « A heart that knows no bounds ».

The process of putting this document into operation was the responsibility of another International Commission of the MYM, formed by Mr Carlos Ulises Centeno López – México Occidental, Br Luiz André da Silva Pereira - Brasil Centro Nort, Br Ramon Rúbies – L’Hermitage, Br Rommell Ocasiones – East Asia, Br Ifeanyi Mbaegbu – Nigeria, Mrs Simone Boyd – Melbourne, with Br João Carlos do Prado, Bureau of Mission, as co-ordinator. The process began in October 2011 and will be completed in the second part of 2013.

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International Commission of Marist Youth Ministry 2007

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