05/22/2018, 14.05
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Archdiocese of Jakarta, 12,000 young Catholics expected at JOYFest2018

by Mathias Hariyadi

Funded by sponsors and ticket sales, the event will be held on 11 September from 9 am to 9 pm. it will start with a solemn Eucharistic celebration and end with a concert, with seminars in-between.

Jakarta (AsiaNews) – About 12,000 young Catholics, 10,000 from Indonesia and 2,000 from South-East Asian nations, will take part in the Jakarta Catholic Youth Festival 2018 (JOYFest2018), the organising committee announced at a press conference presenting the event held three days ago.

Set for 11 September in Serpong (Banten province), a town that is 25 kilometres from Central Jakarta, the event is an initiative of some Catholic youth groups that belong to the PeMiKat (Pertemunan Mitra Kategorial), which brings together various charismatic and non-charismatic associations that are not parish-based.

Among the latter, 16 groups will bring along youth, especially groups based in the archdiocese of Jakarta, to the venue, namely the Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE).

The initiative, said organising committee chair Joseph Satria, is based on the experience of sharing of hundreds of young volunteers from the 67 parishes, who last year took part in the Catholic families' conference of the Archdiocese of Jakarta (K3J17).

"During K3J17 we met and learnt about each,” Satria said. “Since we are all under the same PeMiKat umbrella, a question arose spontaneously: 'Why not organise an event in our style?'"

PeMiKat representatives discussed the idea of ​​a youth festival and eventually obtained the support and approval of all its members. "We talked about it in 2017 and finally this year we were able to present the JOYFest2018 programme," Satria said.

Funded by various sponsors and through ticket sales, the festival will last from 9 am to 9 pm, starting with a solemn Eucharistic celebration, officiated by many priests.

Fr Andang Listya Binawan, a Jesuit priest who supervises a number of youth groups in Jakarta, noted that the youth will participate in discussions centred on 20 issues in two separate sessions of seminars.

The topics covered will focus on their everyday life: personal relationships, professional career and challenges in the workplace, Catholic faith and evangelisation in the digital age, business models for young people, health and spirituality, development and strengthening their capacities.

A concert will finally bring the JOYFest2018 to a close. Sister Cristina Scuccia, an internationally renowned religious singer, will take to the stage, together with Matt Maher, a Canadian musician who is a nine-times Grammy Award nominee.

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