Prepared by Staicy Wandiema


Members present Father Joe Healey, Kenya, Alloys Nyakundi, Kenya, Gerard Mang’era, Kenya, Collins Ong’oma, Kenya, Meg MacCarthy, USA, Jenipher Tumuhaise, Uganda, Juma,Uganda, Brenda, Uganda, Redemptah Mutie, Kenya, Nazi, Pakistan, Irene, Kenya, and Staicy Wandiema, Kenya, Ashik, Pakistan, Rabecca, Uganda and Richard Dayoo, Tanzania.

The meeting began with a word of prayer from Ashiknaz

The topic of discussion: What is our identity as young Adults Seekers Small ChristianCommunity?

Alloys welcomed members to the online gathering, giving insights about the topic ofdiscussion, the goal and mission of the catholic church Reform international, and posingquestions to members. We had a minute of silence to invite the Holy Spirit. Later on, he gavean opportunity to each young adult to share his/ her experience

Irene explained what an identity is and why it is important for someone to know theirsidentity and the dangers of basing our identity on something that can be taken away. She thenread a verse from 1st Peter 2:9 and said that what forms part of our identity is the fact that weare chosen by GOD

Nazi said that as young people we are called to lead and serve

Meg McCarthy conquered with what Irene said regarding the definition of identity, she reminded us on the issues that we had raised a while back, and in terms of finding our identity as a groupWe don't need a consensus on the issues, but rather an agreed upon focus and working withgroups in the past to synthesize our identity as young people.

Jenipher said that physical meetings will reinforce our identity and as part of spreading theword out about our virtual gatherings, she is going to form a physical gathering with other Ugandans to move to different campuses and preach the Gospel. She also suggested that we could have logos and t-shirts that will facilitate easy identification of the group.

Juma said that we should maintain our identity as young seekers because we are alwaysseeking to do better as young people and to find solutions to the challenges that young peopleare facing out there

Collins Ong’oma shared his experience that for the past 7 years he has always been recognizedas a person who champions for the young people in his parish, deanery but also in the diocese. This formed his identity. He said that we all could find a common problem that we are facing as young people globally and how we can reinforce our talk

Alloys said that the CCRI vision was for the young people to come together and be where theywant to be. He said that whatever we do personally in our Small Christian Communities forms part of our identity and that we should emulate the analogy of Jesus and his disciples, after Jesus formed the 12 disciples, he sent them out to the world, and we are also being sent to address the issues affecting young people out there.

Redemptah said that for the past two months we had been raising issues about the challengeswe are facing and that we should re-evaluate ourselves to see if we have found solutions and whether we are in line with our goals and mission as the group

Mang’era Gerard said that identity will give us a sense of belonging in the online world anddirection in our online gatherings, and one thing that will contribute to identity is if we have a mission and vision that cuts across our different regions.

Becky said that we should invite more people to join our gatherings and with this, we can easilyfind solutions.

Ashiknaz said that Pakistan is one of the countries that is being affected by climate change,hunger, and lack of shelter and he also called on the developed countries to help thedeveloping countries and put Pakistan in prayers.

Staicy said that the fact that we are young adults, forms our identity and that we are like asafety net where young adults come through to share their issues. Father joe said that we should have an inner reflection on our identity because this will reallyimpact who we are

Alloys then encouraged members to go beyond the Thursday meeting, he is also planning ona retreat with the Maryknoll young adults in preparation for Advent.

Climate change took the center stage in our last gathering and here is the chat room exchange between young seekers concerning climate change:

            Ashiknaz Pakistan:       Ecology,

            Ashiknaz Pakistan:       Thanks Alloys and Collins for raising issue of Climate change          Ashiknaz Pakistan:          Pakistan is badly affected with Climate change and due to monsoon catastrophe here is a huge flood. Flood is affected 40 million people and thousands of died

            Ashiknaz Pakistan:       right now, more than 60 percent country is under water, 82 districts of three provinces are disconnected

            Tumuhaise Jenipher:   True Thanks Alloys for the message, it’s not only keeping the sharing online, but moving to other small communities like the way he has talked about climate change, "LAUDATO SI response" that's what am working on especially to the young people how the environment can be conserved

            Becky:  Good evening, everyone. About our identity of our young seekers gathering, i think we should also make a physical gathering so that we can be able to meet and share more ideas.  we can also be able to extend these services to our community so that they can help address their issues.

            Irene Kariuki:  Really sorry to hear what is happening in Pakistan, Ashik. May God protect you and your country people

            Joseph G. Healey:        Yes, prayers for the suffering people of Pakistan.

            Ashiknaz Pakistan:       Thanks Irene, Climate change is very serious issue and Pope Francis also insist on people through Laudato SI to care our common home                Ashiknaz Pakistan:       Thanks Fr Joe for your prayers.

            Tumuhaise Jenipher:   More so we are in the season of creation it started on 1st September it's ending on 4th October, may l request everyone to take action in that as we care for our common home thus responding to the cry of the earth and the poor, spread the gospel to other communities, thanks 🙏

            Ashiknaz Pakistan:       I am sorry, I want to thank you Alloys for calling us beautiful.

            Ashiknaz Pakistan:       We planted 500 trees in this monsoon at our parish and city

            Tumuhaise Jenipher:   Thank you Ashik for being an environmentalist

            Mutie Redemptah:      am really sorry for what is happening in Pakistan, climate change is an emerging issue which needs to be addressed worldwide.

            Mang’era Gerard:       Wow! Ashik that's a great initiative.


            Ashiknaz Pakistan:       Thank you all for the solidarity. God bless you and Keep Pakistan in your prayers.

            Tumuhaise Jenipher:   we shall keep you in our prayers Ashik🙏

            Ashiknaz Pakistan:       But hope we will meet physically soon under leadership of Fr. Joe

            Ashiknaz Pakistan:       It's good to have suggestions in common email

            Mang’era Gerard:       sorry my network is pathetic today.

The meeting was concluded by a word of prayer by Meg McCarthy.

 The next gathering will be on Thursday 29th September 2022 and it will be facilitated by

Redemptah Mutie.


Items of interest sent in to us by our friends:

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France If he didn't have the pressure of the previous popes . . . Interview on French TV with Jean-Louis Schlegel, French philosopher and sociologist. 4/1/2014

U.S.A. Vatican punishments continue: Wisconsin Franciscan Fr. Jerry Zawada has been removed from public ministry for concelebrating Mass with a woman priest in 2011. 3/28/2014

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Australia The cover up of child abuse was ordered by six popes since 1922 says lawywer Kieran Tapsell. 3/24/2014

Italy Rockin' Nun floors audience on TV Show. Watch Sr. Cristina Scuccia belt out Alicia Key's "No One". 3/21/2014

Ireland The Spirit of God's openness won – Irish bishops release results of survey on family. 3/16/2014

U.S.A. Again! When will it stop? Sr. Teresa Forcades has been banned by the local bishop from speaking at the Religious Education Congress in Los Angeles. Please sign the petition. Click here to watch a video of the Harvard-educated, Catalan nun saying that women are called to a fullness that is not second to men's 3/13 - 3/16/2014

Germany Has the Catholic Church in Germany become a Church of well-to-do best agers? asks the German weekly Die Zeit. Read an excerpt. 2/23/2014

U.S.A. The Curia, a creature of the 11th century, is the chief obstacle to any real reform of the Catholic Church, to any honest ecumenical reconciliation, and to any critical, constructive coming-to-terms with the modern world – argues Hans Küng in the English edition of his book Can We Save The Church? An excerpt.2/7/2014

Germany The moral teaching of the church needs to change, says Bishop Stephan Ackermann. 2/6/2014

Switzerland Swiss Bishops release results of Survey on the Family 2/4/2014

Germany A church closer to the people, not ruling in splendor from above but a living part of them, less doctrine, more pastoral care. Interview with Cardinal Maradiaga, in a German newspaper. 1/20/2014