‘Jesus Youth’ represents joy,
vitality, and fullness of life
discovered in Christ!
Jesus Youth is an International Association within the Catholic Church with a focus on evangelizing young people and nurturing their missionary initiatives.
Jesus Youth had its beginnings in Kerala, India, and evolved as an active part of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the state in the late 1970s. In 1985, the International Year of Youth, a number of campus groups came together for a conference called Jesus Youth. After the conference, the attendees started referring to themselves as Jesus Youth. They nurtured their youthful missionary spirit in their colleges and communities through regular meetings of small groups.
The name ‘Jesus Youth’ represents the association’s emphasis on living the joy, vitality, and fullness of life discovered in Christ, and sharing the Gospel in contemporary life situations. Gradually, Jesus Youth spread to different parts of India and a number of other countries. It is now active in more than 35 countries (JY Statutes 1) Over the years, Jesus Youth has expanded to families, various professional ministries and many mission countries throughout the world.