SMYM & Jesus Youth
Syro Malabar Youth Movement
(SMYM) is the official youth organi- zation of the Syro Malabar Church. SMYM– Canada was officially in- augurated on October 1, 2016, by Bishop Mar Jose Kalluvelil, in the presence of His Excellency Luigi Bonazzi, Apostolic Nuncio to Can- ada. The members of the youth movement range from the age of 14 to 30. SMYM champions and lives out its mission to follow the tradition and beliefs of the Syro Malabar Church for the Kingdom of God and Society. It strives for the integral development of the youth and binds together the youth of the Syro Malabar Church. Over the years, the youth movement has hosted various programmers and activities in the parish, such as camps, picnics, retreats, leader- ship training, and conferences, for the holistic development of youth aligning its members with the re- ligious and social causes of the Church.
Jesus Youth strives to lead people, especially the youth, to a renewed life in Christ, assists them in their growth in holiness, and prepares them for the apostolate in communion with the mission of the Church. For the past couple of years, Jesus Youth Teens Ministry has been active in ministering to the teens (Grade 7 - Grade 12) of the St. Alphonsa Syro Malabar Ca- thedral. With the support of our beloved priests and sisters, Jesus Youth has been consistently conducting weekly prayer meetings along with few larger-scale pro- grams every year. Ultimately, the goal of this ministry has always been to share the love of Jesus Christ and to empower the youth of the church to do the same in their respective families, schools, and friend circles.
Jesus Youth has helped foster a culture of praise and worship in the hearts of our youth, and through the guidance of the Elders of the Jesus Youth Teens ministry, has been instrumental in encouraging the teens to grow spiritually and to step out of their comfort zone to nurture their God-given gifts such as music, leadership and public speaking.