Kerala Catholic Youth Movement
The Kerala Catholic Youth Movement (KCYM) is an organization of the Catholic youth from three rites (Roman, Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara) of the catholic community of Kerala in India. The patron saint of Kerala Catholic Youth Movement is Saint Thomas.
KCYM is the official state and regional organization under the auspices of the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council (KCBC). It is affiliated to the National Youth Body the “Indian Catholic Youth Movement” (ICYM). It consists of youngsters between the age group of 15– 35 years who subscribe to Catholic values and principles, but beneficiaries include the youth of other religions. The main aim of KCYM is “The integral development of the catholic youth and the total liberation of human society in accordance with the Christian values”. It is to coordinate and empower the human potentials of youth based on the Gospel values, to make them effective agents of change in the socio-religious, political, economic and cultural reality of India, especially of Kerala through national integration. It also aims at making the youth committed to the serving mission of the Church to the least, the last and the lost.
KCYM is a federation of 31 diocesan youth movements of Kerala. Each affiliated diocesan movement has equal rights in the federation. Youth between the ages of 15 – 35 are eligible for membership. Each diocese has its own structure at the Parish, forane and diocesan level.
Today, KCYM has a membership strength of 104,685 young people making it one of the influential organizations in the region.
KCYM in Vijayapuram Diocese
International Catholic Movement
Jesus Youth is an International Catholic Movement approved by the Holy See. The Movement evolved as an outcome of the Charismatic revival that spread across India in the mid-1970s. As of 20 May 2016 , it has been granted recognition by the Vatican as an international private association of the faithful with juridical personality. The movement invites its youth to follow a lifestyle considered to be based on the life of Jesus Christ, based on what it calls ‘six pillars’.
Jesus Youth is an initiative of young people themselves, who, filled with the Holy Spirit try to reach out to other young people. The strength of the movement is its special focus on a life centered on the Lord Jesus Christ: beginning with an experience of God nourished by prayer, the Word of God, the sacraments and fellowship, and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with others.
Though not an actual community, Jesus Youth is a network of small but vibrant groups of young people. In their own life situations, they strive to give time to the Lord, responding to the challenges of today’s world in the power of the Holy Spirit.