Bengaluru, India. The Youth Coordinators of the different Provinces and Delegations under the Association of Claretians in Asia (ASCLA) West Conference gathered at the Provincial House of Bangalore in Malleswaram, Bengaluru, India, for the ASCLA West Youth Ministry Coordinators’ Encounter from Monday, 30th of January to Sunday, 5th of February.

Brother Carlos Verga, General Prefect of Youth Ministry and Vocation, who called for this encounter and main resource person, spoke on various themes like youth ministry and pastoral vocations from a congregational perspective, the challenges of youth ministry and pastoral vocations, the objectives and criteria of our Youth Ministry and the vocations for the congregation. Likewise, other resource persons were also invited during the Encounter. Fr. Regi SDB in his session spoke on how to be a youth animator and goals and principles of youth ministry. Fr. Divya Paul, the Bangalore diocese youth director presented a paper on CHALLENGES AND DYNAMICS OF YOUTH MINISTRY. The presentation included how to animate our youth in our parishes and institutions in the changing scenario of globalization, technology and changing values.

The encounter had been a platform for the participants to know each other and to plan out future programmes in the respective Organisms. The participants were enriched by the sharing by different youth animators and decided to actively participate in the youth ministry of the congregation to make this mission more vibrant and dynamic. The focus of the encounter was centered on the theme “YOUTH MINISTRY IN THE JESUS WAY”.