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grateful. merciful
CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Youth


October 17-21 | Diocese of Dipolog
What does the NCYM2016 envision to be?
As a conference of youth ministers, the NCYM is a venue for formation and fellowship (KALAKBAY, p. 181), an occasion for youth ministers to understand their roles and enhance their skills
in youth ministry, especially in the light of the Gospel, Church teachings and documents such as
KA-LAKBAY. It is also an opportunity to affirm the identity and mission of the youth minister, to
strengthen the community of youth ministers, and to promote the task of youth ministry in the
bigger mission of the Church.
The chosen Scripture theme for this years conference,

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace,

that we may obtain mercy,
and find grace to help in time of need. [Heb. 4:16]
points us to God who is mercy Himself; constantly affirming His love for us and makes it visible
and tangible. The NCYM2016 invites us to gather in our Lord Jesus as we continue our pilgrimage
in the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, contemplate Him as the face of the Fathers Mercy, and
deepen our rootedness in His merciful love (cf. Misericordiae Vultus, 9 and 10).
As the Church in the Philippines also observes 2016 as the Year of the Eucharist and the Family, all
of us, children of God, are encouraged to embrace the call to mercy and witness to it in a radical
way as a Church. That is, to be the sacrament of Gods love to teach as Christ taught, to live as
Christ lived, to serve as Christ served, and to love as Christ loved (cf. KA-LAKBAY, p. 67). To fulfill
this mission, we draw our life and strength in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, where He
placed this supreme act of revelation in the light of His mercy (cf. MV no. 3).
In the light, then, of these significant occasions in our Church that call us towards a renewed faith
and growth in holiness as Gods servants to the youth, this NCYM2016 aims to gather youth
ministers in:
1. Deepening their rootedness in their identity as disciples of Christ and their call to be "merciful
like the Father",
2. Being empowered to accompany young people in responding to their concerns,
3. Witnessing radically to the Eucharistic Lord through the joy of love in the familyat home, of
the Church, and of all creation, and
4. Celebrating God's mercy in Jesus through prayer and the sacraments of Reconciliation and the

Where will the NCYM2016 be held? Who is hosting this event?

The Diocese of Dipolog is hosting the NCYM2016. His Excellency, Most Rev. Severo C.
Caermare, DD, together with his Diocesan Youth Commission and the whole faith-community of
the diocese, are preparing to welcome youth ministers from all over the country.
One of the known attractions in Dipolog City is the Pgsalabuk Circle, a landmark symbolizing the
three diverse cultures present the city, i.e. of the Lumad (Subanen), Muslims, and Christian
settlers. This landmark affirms the unity that is present amidst the diversity in beliefs and
traditions in Dipolog. The Pgsalabuk Circle conveys the harmony of ethnic and historical heritage
of the city, its deep-seated values and customs, as well as its continuing progress.*
The Dipolog Cathedral hails our Blessed Mother, under the title of the Our Lady of the Rosary, as
patroness. As the NCYM2016 takes place on the month of October, dedicated to Mary and the
Rosary, we are assured that she, who is full of grace and whose heart treasured divine mercy in
perfect harmony with Jesus (cf. MV, 24), will accompany and intercede for us so that like her, we
may remain faithful to her Son.
The parishes in the diocese are preparing to welcome the participants in foster families. Many
youth ministers who participated in past conferences have affirmed that the NCYM
accommodations, homestay-style, has enriched the experience through an exchange of culture and
life and a mutual strengthening of faith.

Who are invited to participate?

His Excellency, Most Rev. Leopoldo C. Jaucian, SVD, DD, Chairman of the Episcopal Commission
on Youth, and his brother-bishops in the ECY, extend the invitation to the diocesan youth ministry
councils of each of the 86 ecclesiastical territories (i.e. archdioceses, dioceses, prelatures and
apostolic vicariates) in the country, as well as the national councils of the youth organizations
affiliated with the FNYO (Federation of National Youth Organizations).
Serving as a formative, network-building and faith-affirming activity at the national level for
youth ministers, the ECY highly encourages all the Diocesan Youth Directors, Coordinators and
Leaders of the 86 ecclesiastical territories in the Philippines, as well as the National Presidents (or
their equivalent) and official representatives of the member-organizations of the FNYO to attend
the NCYM2016. The Bishops expect the presence of these youth ministers, also as a way of
meeting them personally and seeing them take this opportunity to be enriched by the experience.
Registration is done by accomplishing the NCYM2016 Registration Form as a delegation of the
diocese or organization, and sending it to the ECY Secretariat. Through the generosity of the hostdiocese, each diocesan youth ministry council and FNYO member-organization is given eight (8)
slots. A guide for the use of these slots is available below.

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For a diocesan youth ministry


Diocesan Youth Director*

Diocesan Youth Coordinator
Diocesan Youth Leader
These slots may be filled by:
+ another youth minister serving at the diocesan level (e.g. Vicariate Youth Coordinator,
+ a minister from another diocesan ministry / commission which closely collaborates
with the diocesan youth ministry (e.g. Family and Life, Vocation, Biblical Apostolate,
BEC, etc.)
+ a campus minister, i.e. youth minister responsible for youth ministry in campus at the
diocesan level (or, if this is not possible, a youth minister in one of the campuses in
the diocese who is a close collaborator in the diocesan youth ministry council)


For an FNYO member-organization

National President (or equivalent)*
National Chaplain (or equivalent)
Official representative to the FNYO
Official representative to the FNYO
Official representative to the FNYO
These slots may be filled by:
+ another youth minister in the national council
+ a youth minister from a local chapter/district of the organization, especially those in
+ an elder from its mother-organization (or equivalent)

*The Diocesan Youth Director (for a group representing a diocese) and the National President (for
a group representing an FNYO member) are taken as the leader of the group. Succeeding
communications about the conference will be made to the groups through them.
To register, a solidarity share of P1,200.00 is required of each participant. This amount helps
cover the expenses which a large event like the NCYM entails.
Each delegation may submit their payment either by bank deposit or personal transaction in the
ECY Secretariat. If the former, a copy of the bank-validated deposit slip has to be sent by fax or
email to the ECY. Checks must be made payable to the account name.
Account name:
Bank name and branch: Metrobank, Intramuros-CBCP Branch
Account number:
Payment of the total solidarity share of a delegation (diocese/ organization) completes the
registration. Registration is until August 31.
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What may one expect?

Regarding arrival: The host-diocese is ready to welcome registered participants on Sunday,
October 16. It is preferred for participants to arrive together as a group (diocese/ organization).
Below is the general program (there may be changes in the actual program):
Day 1: Monday, October 17 (Memorial of St. Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr)
Arrivals and reception
Opening of the NCYM2016
Welcome in foster homes
Eucharistic Celebration
Welcome Program
Evening Prayer
Day 2: Tuesday, October 18 (Feast of St. Luke, evangelist)
Let us come boldly unto the throne of grace [Heb 4:16a]
08.00 Morning Prayer
Prayer Experience
Plenary Session
Community Celebration of
Open Forum
Sectoral Sharing
Eucharistic Celebration
19.00 Faith Encounter with Foster Families
Day 3: Wednesday, October 19 (Memorial of St. Paul of the Cross, priest)
That we may obtain mercy [Heb 4:16b]
08.00 Eucharistic Adoration culminating with PM
SMP: Moving Forward
the Eucharistic Celebration
Workshops as a Diocesan/ Organization
Plenary Session: Strategic Management
Process (SMP)
18.00 Presentations in the City: stage play,
Review of the SMP
concert, film showing, etc. (open to the
Youth Ministry Benchmarking Tool
Youth Ministry Benchmarking
Evening Prayer (in each site)
Open Forum
Day 4: Thursday, October 20
Find grace to help in time of need [Heb 4:16c]
08.00 Morning Prayer
Workshops: Capacity-building and
Issue-based Topics


Holy Eucharist (in workshop groups)

Meetings by Youth Ministry Teams
(Diocese/ Organization)

19.00 Fellowship Night

Evening Prayer

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Day 5: Friday, October 21

08.00 Closing of the NCYM2016
Culminating Activity
Eucharistic Celebration


For MSPC Delegations: MSPC Youth

For non-MSPC Delegations: Departures,
post-NCYM2016 tours, etc.

11.00 De-registration
For MSPC Delegations: MSPC Youth
For non-MSPC Delegations: Departures,
post-NCYM2016 tours, etc.

Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23


All Directors, Coordinators and Leaders of the Regional Youth Coordinating Councils as well as the
Coordinating Council of the FNYO are advised about the NYCC2016 meeting, to be held on
October 22-23. In relation, please schedule your departure from Dipolog in the morning of
October 24 onwards.
More details about this meeting will be given in the next weeks.

For inquiries regarding the NCYM2016, please contact:

The NCYM2016 Secretariat
c/o ECY Secretariat
+63 2 5279567
Mobile phone
+63 917 8536792
Email address

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