Department of Youth Apostolate is one of the organs assisting the Archbishop in the pastoral governance of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly. Ernakulam-Angamaly is a catholic Archdiocese in the Syro-Malabar Church of St. Thomas Christians.
Department of Youth Apostolate is concerned with the faith-formation of the young people of the Archdiocese. It hopes to impart a general vision for the youth ministry in the Archdiocese. We have KCYM (Kerala Catholic Youth Movement) as the official Youth Movement of the Archdiocese and we also have lay associations like CLC and CML in which youngsters are actively involved. But still there are a good number of youth who are outside the purview of the youth ministry of the Archdiocese.
The Department of Youth Apostolate hopes to bring all the youth under one banner, both those who belong to different associations and organizations and those who are not at all part of any such movements. Moreover as the pastoral area of the Archdiocese itself is developing into a city, there are many catholic youth migrating to the city and its suburbs seeking job and educational facilities. The Department of Youth Apostolate wishes to take care of the spiritual and religious needs of these youngsters, generally anonymous, especially living in the city.
The Department of Youth Apostolate offers programs such as Youth Retreat, Youth Camps and conducts Youth Mass, Youth Seminars, Youth counseling etc. It hopes to promote the different charisms of the youth like environment protection, volunteership (crisis management – at the time of some calamities like Tsunami etc.), vegetarianism etc.
The Department wishes also to take initiative in organizing pilgrimages for the youth in order to create spiritual fellowship and togetherness among them.
Archdiocese is really concerned with the youth and is interested in their integral growth and shares their anxieties and problems. Department of Youth apostolate will remain as an organ for the pastoral care of the youth and is always at the service of the young people in living out their Christian faith in the contemporary world.
Director: Fr (Dr.) Joyce Kaithakottil
Associate Director: Sr. Josna SD
Office of the Department of Youth Apostolate
Azad Road, Kaloor 682017
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