A Missionary Movement at the Service of the Church


  • Manoj Sunny Jesus Youth
  • Ajy Mooleparampil Jesus Youth


JESUS YOUTH, Missionary, Church


Jesus Youth is an international Catholic Youth Movement with a
charismatic spirituality which originated in Kerala, the picturesque
coastal state in the southernmost tip of India with its rich cultural
backdrop and Christian tradition of three different Catholic rites and
numerous other churches. In the 1970s the Catholic Charismatic
Renewal (CCR) touched the lives of many, young and old and
resulted in the formation of a number of youth groups. By the early
1980s, these groups had already matured into a vibrant presence. In
1985, the International Year of the Youth, these groups came together
under a single name, Jesus Youth, seeking a clearer vision for
themselves and for the wider participation of young people in the
Church. From its small beginnings in Kerala, Jesus Youth gradually
spread across the length and breadth of the country to have an active
presence in all the states of India. Over the years the movement has
spread to nearly twenty-five different countries around the world.

Author Biographies

Manoj Sunny, Jesus Youth

Manoj Sunny is an engineer by profession, actively involved in the youth ministry
for the last twenty two years and working fulltime in youth ministry for the last
twelve years. He was the first national coordinator and first international coordinator
of Jesus Youth. He has travelled to more than 40 countries and has
conducted more than eight hundred training programmes for youth leaders.
Currently he is the executive director of Jesus Youth International and convenor of
Fraternity of Ecclesial Movements in Asia. He lives in Cochin, Kerala, India, with his
wife Prof. Dr Beena and two sons. E-mail:

Ajy Mooleparampil, Jesus Youth

Fr Ajy Mooleparambil, CMI, has been involved in youth ministry for the last twenty
years, was a member of the 3rd batch of Jesus Youth fulltimers, has been a member
and animator of the Jesus Youth International team and European team for the last
three terms and Pastor of Jesus Youth, Germany and Pastor of International full
timers’ training. He has been working as Associate Pastor in the diocese of Münster,
Germany since 2000. E-mail:




How to Cite

Sunny, M., & Mooleparampil, A. (2010). JESUS YOUTH: A Missionary Movement at the Service of the Church. Asian Horizons, 4(02), 292–296. Retrieved from