April 21, 2010.
Christianity began in Asia. So it is no surprise that one of the most promising realities of Catholicism was also born here. It is the international movement of Catholic youth ‘Jesus Youth,’ which turns 25 years old.
It has been a quarter of a century, this initiative of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal born in India and captivating especially for young people.
It was 1985, International Youth Year in which John Paul II celebrated the first World Youth Day in Rome.
At this moment, these small groups of youths who gathered in parishes decided to meet in Kampala, India, as a single movement.
Executive Director Jesus Youth
“We had a big conference that took place in India and the name of the conference was ‘Jesus Youth’. That is why we received the name.”
The movement continued growing and it has extended to 25 countries. It started in the United Kingdom and has reached Malaysia, Australia, Switzerland and Pakistan. One of the most important obstacles for the movement has been to adopt to European culture and to new generations.
The youth involved with the movement receive spiritual formation and pray together. They also promise to teach others and help the poor.
Member Jesus Youth
“They will live a better lifestyle, be a better catholic, be a better Christian and they will find meaning in their life.”
Member Jesus Youth
“Many people have come here before and they have converted by sitting with the Lord. So it is very useful for young people specially to come and sit with the Lord and the pray for the priests.”
On this 25th anniversary they have prepared special moments for prayer, a trip to the Holy Land and a conference with members from all over the world in Kampala, the place where ‘Jesus Youth’ was created. They will also enhance a program to support the education of 2,500 poor children in India.