Owerri, Nigeria. This year’s Zonal Claretian Youth Encounter, which took place on Aug, 31, 2016, was another moment of encounter with God, Claret, other Claretian missionaries and with numerous Claretian youths from different parishes. The one day event commenced with a Holy Mass presided over by the Prefect of Apostolate, Fr. Anthony Azinta, CMF in which he urged the young people to serve God with their time, talent and treasure. The event which took place at the East Nigeria Provincialate, featured among other activities; cultural parade, singing competition and quiz competition with questions drawn from the Bible, Autobiography of Our Father Founder and facts about our Claretian heritage, life, mission, missionaries and the Province. In the capacity building talk, the resource person urged the youths who share the effects of the global unemployment crisis to make themselves employable not only by obtaining the requisite certificates but also through perseverance, resilience, hard work, good conduct and discipline. In his vote of thanks, Fr. Stan Ekwujuru, CMF (Asst. Youth Director) thanked God for His blessings on the young people. He also appreciated the support from the Provincial Government and immensely thanked the youth chaplains (who graced the occasion in their numbers) and the youths for their creativity and active participation at the event. More than 300 youths from ten parishes in Imo, Anambra and Rivers State attended the programme.