2019 Philippine Conference on New Evangelization


DAY 1 - July 18, Thursday
‘A Day of Encounter’ for Clergy and Consecrated Persons
07:00 AM LAUDS
08:00 AM Opening Eucharistic Celebration

Bishop Antonio Ledesma
Presider and Homilist

Welcome Remarks

09:30 AM Recognizing: The World of New Generations

We explore the world of the young people. Let us listen to their language, their interests, their pains and hopes, their struggles and dreams.

The young want to be heard. “The young are called to make constant choices that give direction to their lives; they express the desire to be heard, recognized and accompanied. Many find that their voice is not considered interesting or useful in social and ecclesial circles. In some situations, little attention is paid to their cry, particularly the cry of the poor and the exploited - few older people are willing and able to listen to them (FD, 7).”

Young Adult from CBCP-ECY
10:30 AM Break
11:00 AM Interpreting: Jesus Ever Young

We reflect on Jesus, the Young Man. Let us read the lives of the young people today from the lens of the life of Jesus who also advanced in wisdom and age.

The Final Document of the Synod on Youth (no. 63) says, “A youth for youths, becoming an example to the young, and thus sanctifying them for the Lord” (Irenaeus, Adversus Haereses, II, 22, 4), Christ sanctified the stage of youth by the very fact that he lived it. The biblical narrative presents only one episode from Jesus’ youth (cf. Lk 2:41-52), which was spent without fuss, in simplicity and in the working environment of Nazareth, so much so that he was known as ‘the carpenter’ (Mk 6:3) and ‘the carpenter’s son’ (Mt 13:55).”

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, D.D., Bishop of Caloocan
12:00 NN Lunch
Opening of Prayer Spaces
01:30 PM Choosing:
How to Communicate with the Young

So many people are leaving the Church or are greatly hurt because of the clergy abuses and scandals. With humility and accountability, what can the Church in the Philippines do to address this revolting malaise that afflict our ecclesial communities? How do we bring hope and healing to the wounded?

Sean-Patrick Lovett, Vatican Media Professional and Communications Consultant
03:00 PM Break
3:30 PM Finding Trust, Restoring Hope: Stories of Overcoming Resentment (Panel Discussion)

We listen to the stories of people who have suffered and endured unspeakable pains. We listen to their cries and how they have journeyed to wholeness and new life.

Fr. Angel Cortez, OFM and Sr. Crisvie Happy Montecillo, DSA

Panel Discussion
Testimony of Victims in Media Presentation and
Presentation of their personal reflection through a monologue

(Society of St. Pauls Creatives & Dulaang Tobias)

Silent Reflection
4:30 PM By his wounds, we were healed (Is 53:5):
Confessio Peccati (Penitential Service)

Let us bring to the Lord our realizations and awakenings. Let us be strengthened by the mercy and compassion of Jesus. Let us confess our sins and be forgiven.

Theme: Veneration of the Cross with Washing of the Foot
(Street kid, drug dependent, person with disability (on a wheelchair), HIV sickness, youth leader, OFW Child, Cancer Patient, Homosexual, Lesbian, Indigenous, Young Religious/Seminarian)
DAY 2 - July 19, Friday
The World of New Generations
07:00 AM LAUDS
08:00 AM Opening Eucharistic Celebration, “He Walked With Them”

Most Rev. Rex Andrew Alarcon, Bishop of Daet
10:00 AM Break
10:30 AM Heart to Heart with Cardinal Chito

We listen to the joys and pains, anxieties and hopes of the young people. Through a conversation with Cardinal Chito the youth are given the chance to express themselves and be heard without judgment or condescension.
12:00 PM Lunch
01:30 PM Interactive Play on the World of New Generations

We witness how the young people find voice in their movements and gifts. We explore their world through their language of the arts and drama. We share in their struggles to be understood and find their place in the world and in the Church.

Dulaang Tobias
03:00 PM Break
03:30 PM WALK THE TALK: Global Concerns of Young People (15 mins for each topic)

  1. MENTAL HEALTH – Macy Lee (Talang Dalisay Foundation)
  2. DIGITAL/GLOBAL: Richy Orozco (Catholic Connect)
  3. INDONESIA: Anastasia Indrawan (Member of the Youth Commission of the Indonesian Bishops’ Conference)
  4. Vietnam: JOSEPH CAO HUU MINH TRI (Youth in Business, Saigon Catholic Youth Ministry)
05:00 - 6:00 PM Evening Prayer Session: “Stay with us. The Day is almost over. (Lk. 24:29)”

Bishop Pol Jaucian
DAY 3 - July 20, Saturday
07:00 AM LAUDS
07:30 AM Eucharistic Celebration, “Their eyes were opened.” (Bishop Ambo David)
09:00 AM A Listening and Accompanying Church
(A panel of Youth Ministers with their youth collaborators)

Fr. Jade Licuanan and Sr. Helen Palacay, FMIJ

We listen to the experiences of the youth ministers and their youth disciples. We explore the best practices of youth ministry in different contexts. We pose a challenge to all members of the Church, “Are we youth ready?”
10:00 AM Break
10:30 AM Hungry Souls, Holy Companions: A Staged Reading / Spoken Word

The young people have been clamoring for a Church that is welcoming and a clergy and consecrated persons that are willing to listen and journey with them. But time and again, the young people get frustrated because their pastors and elders cannot “walk their talk”. What needs to be done to consider this as a serious “shout out” from them and how can it be done effectively? The title is adapted from Patricia Hendricks, Hungry Souls, Holy Companions: Mentoring a New Generation of Christians.
12:00 PM Lunch
01:30 Concurrent Session

Youth Accompaniment and Discipleship in the Church
03:00 PM Break
03:30 Continuation of Concurrent Session

Youth Accompaniment and Discipleship in the Church
5:00 PM “Were not our Hearts Burning”: An Evening Prayer with Cardinal Chito
DAY 4 - July 21, Sunday
Filipino Youth in Mission: Beloved, Gifted, Empowered
07:00 AM LAUDS
08:00 AM
Segment 1: Praise and Worship (Youth as the NOW of God)
Theme: “We are on a journey. Keep walking, keep living the faith and sharing it. And do not forget, that you are not the tomorrow, you are not the ‘meantime’, you are the Now of God”.” Pope Francis during the closing mass of WYD in Panama

We do not see ourselves as “the future”, but as “the present” of the Church, the world, and of society. Hence, we are gifts, life-given to the Church and to the Philippines, and we want to be truly life-giving. – Open Letter of the Youth to the Catholic Church in the Philippines

Segment 2: Youth Jam
Testimonials, Dances and Songs
Theme: [Jesus] asked them, “What are you discussing as you walk along?” [Lk 24:17a] We liken ourselves to the two disciples of Emmaus and converse with Jesus about who we are, where we are, and what our concerns and hopes are as we journey in life and walk in faith.

Segment 3: Young people and their encounter with:
Family - as the place where our young people first experience love, care and belongingness, different family situations (parents leaving their families to work abroad, broken families, children raised by single parents etc), family as the foundational aspect of their life Community, Country – desire to belong, seeking for a community that empowers, encourages and challenges them, search for role models

Other Social Circles and Digital Community
Fellow Youth
Church and God
The apparent distrust and doubt on the credibility of the Church, is but an expression of the youth’s burning desire to see her truly living the joy of the Gospel. Young people long for a Church that embodies Christ’s vision and dream for her—a Church that: has confidence in them, and ensures that they are “not marginalized but they feel accepted”, declares and actualizes her preferential apostolate for them; and • “draws the attention them by being rooted in Jesus Christ”

Live Testimonials/Videos of the Youth:
  • What does it mean to be Beloved?
  • What does it mean to be Gifted?
  • What does it mean to be Empowered?

Holy Mass with Commissioning of Missionary Disciples, “They Set Off Without Delay”
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, D.D.

Note: Synthesis will be given during the homily

July 18 – 21, 2019 (All 4 Days)

This activity will be available throughout the PCNE. This will be composed of various activities that the Participants will be able to participate during break & lunch. Possible activities can are: Labyrinth, Prayer Walls, Counselling, Confessions or other Group Prayer Activities.

Suggested Organizer: Different Congregations / Youth Organizations