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Philippines: 2nd International Conference on Youth Ministry to kick off on April 4

Youth conference 2024

A Jesuit-run Loyola School of Theology (LST) in Manila, Philippines, will host the second run of the International Conference on Youth Ministry (ICYM2024) from April 4 to 6.

The event will take place in the Henry Lee Irwin Theater of the Ateneo de Manila Grade School and the Loyola School of Theology.

The ICYM2024’s theme is “Youth Ministry: A Fullness of Life for All.”

The Don Bosco School of Theology collaborates on the organization of the program.
The goal of ICYM2024 is to serve adolescents, campus ministers, and anyone who actively works with and supports young people.
Fr. Jerome Vallabaraj, SDB, a professor of youth ministry, will give a plenary keynote talk at the conference that will explore the science of youth ministry.
The conference will also include two-panel discussions on youth culture and empowerment.
According to the suggestions made by ICYM2023 participants, the afternoon sessions will provide a first introduction to workshops for skill development intended to improve youth ministers' competencies.
These seminars will cover a wide range of topics, including technology and music, spiritual direction, counseling, technology and music, retreat and remembrance facilitation, and other crucial skills.

Poster of the 2nd International Conference on Youth Ministry to kick off on April 4.

A one-of-a-kind full-morning plenary session with Fr. Johnny Go SJ of the Gokongwei Brothers School of Education and Learning Design at the Ateneo de Manila will conclude ICYM 2024.
The centerpiece of ICYM 2024 will focus on designing, organizing, and strategizing youth ministry programs. It looks to be a lively, interactive forum where participants may work together to create a working prototype of a youth ministry program.
Social and cultural changes have profoundly impacted the traditional Catholic practice of youth ministry. Young people typically don't find the answers to their wants, worries, problems, and issues in the typical programs offered.
Even though reaching out to young people is never easy, two things have become more and more clear: first, evangelizing them requires the entire community to be involved, and second, young people urgently need to play a bigger part in pastoral outreach.

We expect about 400 participants, including some delegates from 30 countries, to attend the event.


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