November 2014 marked the OYP’s first anniversary since it was commissioned by Archbishop William Goh to provide pastoral care to young people aged between 16 and 35.
Its goal is to “raise up a generation of young people passionately in love with Jesus and His Church, committed to a lifestyle of discipleship, communion and mission”.
The year 2014 has seen many “firsts” for this new office:
- The inaugural School of Christian Leadership, targeted at current and potential Catholic youth leaders in universities, has sparked greater commitment and solidarity among them to serve in their various campuses.
- Kickstart, a gathering organised by OYP and leaders from the various universities, allowed freshmen to meet, be welcomed by their seniors, and introduced to freshmen orientation activities.
- Nox Gaudii (Night of Joy), a monthly worship event, has been attracting about 400 young people, including non-Catholics, all over Singapore to come together and pray.
- Treasure, an encounter retreat, has had overwhelming response from young working adults. OYP has served more than 100 of them over two runs of the retreat last year.
Another milestone was the Asian Youth Day in South Korea in which OYP led a contingent of 48 Singaporeans to experience the gathering of young Catholics across the region to pray as one with Pope Francis.
“The Spirit is moving, and it is heartening for me to see more and more young people being renewed in their spirits,” said Ms Christina Chua, an OYP staff member.
“It has certainly been an amazing year and we are excited for all that 2015 will bring for us at the Office for Young People,” added Fr Jude.
Upcoming activities include the 7th School of Witness, which starts on Jan 5; Nox Gaudii, which resumes on Jan 23; and Treasure 3, which will be held from March 13-16.
To stay up-to-date with OYP activities, visit www.oyp.com.sg or follow on Facebook.