Archbishop William Goh blowing out the candles on the anniversary cake marking 15 years of the Jesus Youth movement in Singapore.

The Jesus Youth movement organised an event, JY15@SG, to celebrate the canonical recognition of their organisation and 15 years of the movement’s presence in Singapore.

The celebration on Oct 2 was held at the Catholic Archdiocesan Education Centre.

The decree of recognition was conferred by Bishop Josef Clemens, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, at the Vatican on May 20.

It gives the organisation the official status of a global Church organisation, allowing it to continue to function with autonomy as a lay movement. The same decree gave approval to its statutes.

Archbishop William Goh celebrated the recent thanksgiving Mass together with concelebrants Fr Tom Curran and Fr Antony Maria Joseph.

A skit during the celebration about how all Jesus Youth members are missionaries and are called to share the joy of God.

Archbishop Goh received a copy of the Jesus Youth statutes and also cut the anniversary cake marking the celebration.

Fr Frederick Quek, spiritual director of Jesus Youth, addressed the 280-menber strong audience and shared his joy at their commitment to the movement.

SACCRE chairman Gerard Francisco and SACCRE members also joined in the celebration.

The event included a musical fiesta, choreography, skits and a praying over session.

Archbishop Goh also released the JY15@SG special edition newsletter “SHINEOUT”. The newsletter tells the story of how the Jesus Youth movement grew and spread in Singapore over the last 15 years.

It started as a Catholic lay movement that began in Kerala, India, in the early 1980s and has since spread to many countries around the world.

Members seek to grow as faithful disciples of Christ, through the six pillars of the movement – daily prayer, word of God, sacraments, fellowship, service and evangelisation.

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