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AEYG 2015 + Claretian Family

August 3 to 8, 2015
Quezon City, Philippines



I.                  RATIONALE
In June 2013, Claretian Youth Directors from the four major organisms of the Claretian Missionaries namely East Asia, Indonesia-Timor Leste, Korea, and the Philippines, members of the Association of Claretians in Asia Eastern Conference (ASCLA-E) gathered together in Quezon City, Philippines to talk about their plans and programs for the youth of their different organisms and to decide on how to re-echo the World Youth Day 2013 for the youth of Asia.

At the end of the meeting, after much discussion and planning, the youth directors decided to hold and celebrate on August 3 to 8, 2015 in Quezon City, Philippines the 1st Association of Claretians in Asia East Youth Gathering (AEYG) together with the Claretian Family (CF) in the format of the WYDs held in Madrid and Rio de Janeiro. The gathering therefore is now known as AEYG 2015 + CF.

II.               THEME
The theme of AEYG 2015 + CF is “Meet Him in the Cloud.”  It is rooted in the Gospel of Matthew 17: 1-19, the story of the Transfiguration of the Lord of which feast falls on the 6th of August.

The divine aspects of the theme: Incarnation, Transformation and Transmission of the Faith. The human aspects of the theme: Security, Space, Storage and Identity. And the Claretian aspects of the theme: Mission, and Shared Mission.

a.     The Cloud System
The “Cloud” system is a term used to denote an unlimited virtual storage of digital resources that can be remotely accessed using the internet. It may be a personal storage but could also be shared with others. While others simply refer to it as the internet itself. Numerous studies abroad had been conducted to look into the technical, digital and legal relevance of the “Cloud” for purposes that range from the academic to governmental to personal. Numerous Cloud systems are available like the Dropbox, Google Drive, and Sky Drive. Though these systems are virtually free for a limited storage, others require subscription for premium use. Cloud users usually benefit from the system in making their files and documents virtually accessible anywhere which make physical storages like USBs and hard drives second rated. Using this same system for youth formation and evangelization could be key to making faith more than relevant to the 21st century tech savvy youth.

b.     The Cloud as a metaphor for faith and youth spirituality

The use of a tangible metaphor to capture a life process or movement is something unique in humans. Voluminous literature reflects various metaphors and images in order to give meaning to what is otherwise thought to be impossible to encapsulate or express in common language. The Bible is also filled with these same metaphors. Christ used these metaphors and images in his parables in order to connect with his listeners and speak their “life’s language” that is very peculiar to their own. Spiritual masters use various metaphors to illustrate the movement of the Spirit in and through our person, community and the world.

It is with this context that the “Cloud” is used as a metaphor for the formation process of the AEYG 2015. The “Cloud” having been used both in the Old and New Testaments, typifies the person of God…shrouded in mystery and seemingly distant yet visible and within one’s reach. Moreover, other figures of speech that makes use of clouds indicate something fundamentally true for human persons like the experience of a “Cloud 9” that may be synonymous to a form of an indescribable happiness or a “heavenly experience”. Rain clouds aside from being a weather indicator also provides a feeling of gloom and despair while “a cloud free day” describes a perfect day less the troubles and worries.

Young people of today are invited to “walk in the clouds”. This invitation is intended for them to meet God who is part of their life world though sometimes shrouded in mystery but always present in whatever day and weather. This formation process incorporates the use of clouds as both understood as that of a digital terminology and the process metaphor for spirituality. It hopes that the integration of the 2 would provide a framework for understanding the role of young people for the New Evangelization that is actively promoted by the Claretian Missionaries.

The objectives of the gathering are the following:
1)     To discover the presence of Jesus and present Him to the youth through information technology and communications;
2)     To gather the Claretian Family and discover its role in the evangelization of the youth of today.
1)     To learn from the youth how to find Jesus in the cloud;
2)     To enhance youth ministers in evangelization work in the “new continent” called internet technology.
IV.            LOGO
            The logo features a three “cloud” formation both in its atmospheric and technological sense with the embedded face of Jesus in the “cloud”. This represents the catechetical formation program and scheme that will be introduced during the gathering.
The acronym of the gathering AEYG 2015 is found on the right side of the “cloud”.
is for “ASCLA
which means Association of Claretians in Asia.

Stands for “EAST” that indicates the Eastern      
          Conference of ASCLA where and who organized the

Stants for the word “Youth
who are the main participants of the gathering.
is for “Gathering

       and the 2015 indicates the year the gathering is taking place. The colors of the letters are the colors of the flag of the Philippines, indicating the HOST COUNTRY for the event.

The yellow cross represents Jesus Christ and at the same time indicates the mathematical symbol of “plus” or in other words, “and” or “with

                                        Below the “+” are the words
                                       Claretian Family
                      that indicates that the gathering
                                     does not only involve the youth from
                                the Claretian Provinces and Delegations of ASCLA East
                               but also from the different branches
                                      of the Claretian Family in Asia.

And finally below is the theme of the gathering
                          “Meet Him in the Cloud”
                                                                 inspired by the Transfiguration of Jesus in
                                               Mount Tabor taken from the Gospel of Matthew 17: 1-9.

V.               FORMATION PROGRAM
The formation program uses 4 process metaphors to achieve the objectives of AEYG 2015. These process metaphors are then structured in the youth’s context, and are rooted in Sacred Scriptures and Church Teaching, clarified using a reflection guide and expressed through digital responses. The following are the structure of the module prepared by the Theology Community:

1.     Objective of the Talk (4 Topics: “A Walk in the Cloud”, “Cloud Virus”, “Cloud 9”, “Cloud Lenses”)
2.     Context (Human Experience)
3.     Doctrine (Church Teaching, Sacred Scriptures, Claret’s Life)
4.     Reflection Questionnaire
5.     Workshop

VI.           AEYG 2015 + CF KIT
            Each participant will receive one AEYG 2015 + CF bag with the following items:
1.                 Food Stubs
2.                 ID
3.                 Scarf
4.                 Ball pen
5.                 Notepad
6.                 The Manual
7.                 100 Pesos for Tickets
8.                 AEYG Official T-shirt

VII.             THEME SONG:
Meet Him in the Cloud written by Sandy Bahia, CMF
(choir) Whoa - - - -

Long have we turned our ways
In oh so many trials
Young are we not to see

Long have we called many names
From here, there, gone places
Young are we not to hear

Ref: A column of cloud shows us the way
as small as a man’s hand rising from the sea

Meet him in the cloud there’s power and great glory
Who comes amid the clouds and every eye will see Him
We will see the Son of Man coming in the cloud

Strong are we to begin
Believing that He’s within
Young are we to be free!

Hope is what awaits us as we walk in the clouds
Young are we to meet Him! (Ref)

The cloud will burst and we will meet Jesus there!

Based on *Ex 13:21 **1 Kings 18:44 ***Mt 24:30 ****Rev 1:7 *****Lk 21:27

The gathering is open to real participants, 15 to 35 years of age, under any apostolate of the Claretian Missionaries, RMICM Sisters, MC Sisters in Asia. It is also open to all members and children aged 15 up of the Kapatirang Claretiano Inc., Lay Claretians, Claretian Lay Collaborators, Claretian Lay Partners.
All delegation heads are required to submit the Pre-Registration Forms that can be found on the official website online through Facebook and or at or It has to be submitted to the Communications Committee on or before May 25, 2015. Upon arrival, each participant will be required to log-in and check-in into the system available at the Registration Booth at the Claret Retreat House. Only system registered participants will be allowed to join the cloud activities.

Registration Fees from other Major Organisms and other Congregations from other countries should be paid to the Econome of the Claretian Missionaries - Philippine Province through fundus or direct bank transfer on or before June 15, 2015. Payments from the Philippines may be sent through their Parish Priests / Claretian Directors and or paid to JULIUS JOSE A. COCHING through any MLhuillier / Cebuana / Western Union branches on or before June 30, 2015. All institutions, local and foreign, who would like to pay through the Provincial Econome of the Philippines, kindly send a Xerox/scanned copy of the deposit slip and SEND TO BOTH the Provincial Econome and the Finance Committee at and to Fr. Louie at

Deadline for ACSPI Member Schools, Claretian Institutions, and Lay Claretians is on July 15, 2015.
IMPORTANT! An increment of 500 pesos shall be asked from each participant of any Philippine delegation who will pay within July 1 to 31 without any partial payment in June or no advisory coming from the CMF Priest/brother in-charge of the delay of payments.

300 USD/ participant
June 15
300 USD/ participant
June 15
300 USD/ participant
June 15
Hong Kong
250 USD/ participant
June 15
250 USD/ participant
June 15
250 USD/ participant
June 15
Peoples Rep. China
250 USD/ participant
June 15
200 USD/ participant
June 15
Sri Lanka
200 USD/ participant
June 15
200 USD/ participant
June 15
175 USD/ participant
June 15


3,500 PHP/ participant
June 30
3,500 PHP/ participant
June 30
3,500 PHP/ participant
June 30
ACSPI Members
3,500 PHP / participant
July 15

RMICM Sisters
  1,000 PHP/ participant
August 1
MC Sisters
1,000 PHP/ participant
August 1
LAY Claretians
3,500 PHP / participant
July 15

College Sem
1,000 PHP/ participant
Upon Arrival
SAMC Theology House
1,000 PHP/ participant
Upon Arrival
CMF Postulants
1,000 PHP/ participant
Upon Arrival
The participants are asked to provide for their own fare, allowance, and registration fees going to Manila. However, the Claretian Parish/School/Mission Post/Institution may help to raise funds for their delegates. It is up to the Claretian Parish/School/Mission Post/Institution on how to raise and acquire these funds.

The AEYG 2015 + CF Executive Committee is not obliged to finance the expenses of each Claretian Parish/School/Mission Post/Institution.

NOTE! The Delegation Heads of the participants who will extend their stay and ask for City Tour / Urban Tour after August 8 need to arrange with the Execom for the extra payments and details upon arrival. 500 pesos shall be asked for those who will stay and eat at the venue. No payment shall be asked for those who will just sleep and stay at the venue and plan to eat outside.



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