Jesus Youth – Canada

Fri 09 Aug 2024 - Sun 11 Aug

McMaster University, 1280 Main Street Hamilton ON L8S 4L8

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SPEAKERS

Dr.Edward Edezhath is a teacher and writer who has authored several books and articles on various topics such as literature, culture, and religion. He is also a retired professor and a pioneer of the Jesus Youth movement. He has also been conferred with the title ‘Chevalier’ by the Holy See through the Diocese of Cochin. and a vibrant Catholic who spends an incredible amount of time with the youth doing what he does best – guiding, motivating and challenging youngsters. He is very pragmatic and offers a balanced and sensible view on all aspects especially matters of the Catholic faith.

An Engineer by profession, is a full-time Missionary, actively involved in Catholic lay apostolate for 35 years. The first National and International Co-ordinator of the Jesus Youth Movement, he has travelled extensively across 60 countries conducting more than 1200 training programmes for leaders and received the Leadership Award by Caritas in Veritate (CiV) USA in October 2022. He is currently the International Director of Formation, Jesus Youth, and the Executive Secretary of the Office of Evangelization for the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conference. He lives in Cochin, India, with his wife and two sons.

Jeff is the President of Catholic Christian Outreach (www.cco.ca) – a university student movement based in Canada that also provides resources and formation in evangelization and leadership throughout the world. His involvement with CCO stretches more than 25 years, beginning as student leader studying Kinesiology and Theology at the University of Saskatchewan (CCO’s founding campus), and currently as CCO’s President.

Jeff has been involved in the leadership of numerous national and international events and conferences for young people. Jeff has served on a number of boards and international committees relating to leadership, youth and faith and was a member of the Cabinet of Canadians as a part of the Faith In Canada 150 initiative. He served as a consultant and Board Chair of the Virtuous Leadership Institute. He is on the leadership team for the Lumen Gentium Forum. He is a member of the International Council for Global 2033. Jeff also writes on virtue and leadership at www.jefflockert.com.

Jeff has been married to Renée for more than 20 years and they have six children. He is an avid downhill skier, and enjoys woodworking and symphony date nights with his wife. They live in Ottawa, Canada’s national capital.

Angèle Regnier is co-founder, with her husband André of Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO)—a Canadian university student movement dedicated to evangelization. They received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal from Pope Francis in 2015. A natural teacher, Angèle pioneered CCO’s programs for evangelization and discipleship. In 2018 she spearheaded and was the media spokesperson for a national pilgrimage of the relic forearm of St. Francis Xavier. She is an authentic, passionate speaker and author. Brick by Brick was written together with her husband, five children and three inlaws, who all presented at Pope Paul VI Hall, Vatican City in 2019.

Sindhu Subhadra Nadarajan (USA) is a medical graduate and married to Sunil Kumar Nadarajan, a software engineer. Both of them are now full-time missionaries for the Jesus Youth Movement. Sunil is the Director of Amoris Christi Institute, an affiliate of JY. Sindhu is an animator for the Jesus Youth National Council in the US, and mission coordinator in the USA, and a member of the Jesus Youth International Mission team.

They are also involved with the School of Nazareth, a four-year residential accompaniment program for college students under Amoris Christi in Delray Beach, Florida. Sindhu and Sunil have five kids.

Chris Bray is a full-time Catholic speaker & musician. Having received multiple Gospel Music Association Covenant awards and numerous #1 hit songs on Christian radio in Canada, his ministry has spanned North America from headlining the National March for Life rally on Parliament Hill for 25,000 people, the Air Canada Centre, working with great figures such as Matt Maher, Matt Fradd, Jackie Francois, Leah Darrow, Emily Wilson, Paul J. Kim, Steve Ray, Ralph Martin, Chris Padgett, Fr. Dave Pivonka, Sr. Miriam James, Teresa Tomeo, involvement in Life Teen, World Youth Day, Steubenville Toronto, National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC), featured on EWTN, Salt & Light TV, 100 Huntley St., Shalom World TV, presenting to tens of thousands each year at hundreds of conferences, retreats, schools, and churches. Chris is a husband to Katie, and a proud father of their five daughters.

Dr. Midhun Paul, hailing from India, joined the Jesus Youth movement in 2003 and has remained actively engaged ever since. Presently, he serves as the International Coordinator of Jesus Youth, having previously been involved with the Jesus Youth International Mission Team and the National Council of India. Additionally, he held the role of Coordinator for Jesus Youth Kerala. Before taking on a full-time commitment as Jesus Youth International Coordinator, Dr. Paul worked as an Assistant Professor at an Engineering College in India. He resides happily with his wife, Bitty, and their children, Jessica and Jerome.

Joel Regnier, Campus Team Leader at Concordia for Catholic Christian Outreach, brings seven years of dynamic mission work to campuses. As the eldest son of CCO’s founders, Andre and Angele, Joel began his CCO journey in the womb. Eventually, he became a missionary with CCO, serving at Carleton University and then as National Campus Recruiter. Based in Montreal, Joel now leads the charge at Concordia University. A storyteller at heart, Joel has shared his wisdom, giving retreats nationwide and embarking on missions to Uganda, Poland, Mexico, and Australia. In 2019, he had the honour of speaking on a panel at the Vatican on the New Evangelization. Co-author of “Brick by Brick,” Joel is also a culinary enthusiast, sharing his love for good food on Instagram (@chefregnier). His wife is a huge fan of his cooking – their two daughters, however, are hit or miss.

George Devassy

George Devassy is an International Youth Speaker and Trainer who has travelled to more than 50 countries conducting training programs in the areas of leadership, mission and formation. Business Owner of a Multi national travel firm, MBA from ABAC University and CPMS from Switzerland. Active Jesus Youth and served as Jesus Youth International Coordinator, Continental Coordinator, National Coordinator, Campus Coordinator, and President of COYA (Catholic Youth Organizations in Asia). State-level basketball player

 

BISHOPS

Jose Kalluvelil was born on November 15, 1955 at Thottuva, Kuravilangad, in the Eparchy of Pala, India as the youngest son of Joseph and Annamma. He has four brothers. At the age of four, the family moved to Jellipara, in the Eparchy of Palghat, India. After completing High School studies, he joined St. Mary’s Minor Seminary, Thrissur. Major Seminary formation was at St. Thomas
Apostolic Seminary, Kottayam, India where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Theology. He was ordained priest on December 18, 1984 by His Excellency Mar Joseph Irimpen, the first Bishop of Palghat.


Fr. Jose began his priestly ministry on January 15, 1985 at Fathima Matha Church as Asst. Parish Priest and Director of St. Joseph’s Boys Home at Agali. In 1989 he was appointed Director
of Catechetical Department in the Eparchy of Palghat where he served for 12 consecutive years. During this period he was also the Parish Priest at 3 other parishes: Panthalampadam, Olavakod
and Ottapalam. In addition, he served the Eparchy as Diocesan Consultor, Founder Director of Kerala Catholic Students League, Director of Holy Childhood and Bible Apostolate. In 2001, Fr. Jose was sent to Rome for higher studies. He completed his licentiate in “Theology of
Human Mobility” from Pontifical Urban University and Doctorate in “Family Catechesis” from Pontifical Salesian University, Rome. Back from Rome he served as Parish Priest of St. Antony’s
Church Kottayi, and Fathima Matha Church Kallekad for one year. In 2007 Fr. Jose Kalluvelil was appointed Vicar of St. Raphael’s Cathedral Palghat, Manager of St. Raphael’s Higher Secondary
School and Diocesan Consultor. After five years, in 2012, he was transferred to St. Thomas Forane Church Kanjirapuzha where he worked for one year. In 2013 he was sent to Canada for the pastoral care of St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Community, Toronto.


On August 06, 2015 Fr. Jose Kalluvelil was appointed Exarch of the newly erected
Apostolic Exarchate for the Syro-Malabar Catholics in Canada and Titular Bishop of Tabalta by his Holiness Pope Francis. He was ordained Bishop on September 19, 2015. After 3 years, on
December 22nd 2018 the exarchate has been elevated into the status of an Eparchy. The inauguration of the Eparchy and the installation of Bishop Jose Kalluvellil were solemnized on
May 25th 2019 by His Beatitude Mar George Cardinal Alencherry, the Major Archbishop of the
Syro-Malabar Church.

The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, OMI, Ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Hamilton, was born in Marathon, Ontario, to David and Natalie Crosby, on June 28, 1949, the first of seven children.


Bishop Crosby was ordained a priest with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in
1975, and served as Associate Pastor, Pastor, Vocation Director, and Provincial Superior of the Order. He also served as General Secretary of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). He was ordained Bishop in 1998 and first served as Bishop of Labrador City-Schefferville.


In 2003, Bishop Crosby was appointed Bishop of St. George’s (Newfoundland and Labrador) while continuing to serve as Bishop of Labrador City-Schefferville. Following a realignment of diocesan boundaries, he was appointed first Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador on September 9, 2007.


Bishop Crosby was appointed Bishop of Hamilton on September 24, 2010, and took
possession of the See on November 8, 2010, at a ceremony at the Cathedral of Christ the King.
Bishop Crosby has served the CCCB as Chair of the English-Sector Liturgy Commission, and represented the Conference for nine years as a member of the International Commission of English in the Liturgy (ICEL). He was also a member of the CCCB Permanent Council, serving as Co-Treasurer, Vice President, and President.


On June 1, 2022, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Crosby a member of the Dicastery for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, led by its Prefect, Arthur Cardinal Roche.

1ST CLASS RELIC OF A CANADIAN SAINT!

A major first-class relic of the conference’s patron saint, St. André Bessette. There have been numerous healings through his intercession.

Why is St. André the Patron of our Conference?

Saint of our Land and our Times
  • St. Brother André Bessette is the first male Canadian born saint – so he is truly the saint of this land
  • He is a recent saint who died less than 100 years ago in 1937 and canonized in 2010 – that is just 14 years ago
  • St. Brother André was a missionary disciple joining in the mission of the Congregation of Holy Cross (CSC – Congrégation de Sainte-Croix)
  • He fulfilled his mission in blooming where he was planted. Although he did not travel much, the impact of his ministry radiated to many souls near and far
  • He was a man of simplicity and humility, yet one with great zeal for God’s kingdom – following in the footsteps of St. Joseph and not too dissimilar to the style of St. Francis of Assisi
  • St. Brother André completely invested in his relationship with Jesus, Mary and especially St. Joseph
  • He invited others into that relationship and renewed their faith and brought healing to many
  • With a caring attitude and spending time listening he built up deep relationships even though the encounters were short
  • Through the years of relationship building he was able to unite people for a common cause as attested through the millions of dollars that poured in to build St. Joseph’s Oratory and the millions of people that attended his funeral!

May St. Brother André’s life inspire us too in our relationships with God and each other and let us seek his intercession and the intercession of St. Joseph in our mission to build God’s kingdom at the service of the Church in Canada!

National Conference Prayer

PARTNER WITH US

We are excited to invite you to be a vital part of our upcoming event by contributing through sponsorship or donation. Your support plays a crucial role in making our event a success and allows us to continue our mission. Should you wish to discuss a customized sponsorship package or explore other ways to support, we encourage you to get in touch with our dedicated team.

Email us at contact@jesusyouth.ca to start a conversation.

Your generosity will make a difference, and we sincerely appreciate your support in making this conference a success.