A Voluntary Lay Ministry committed to Building Up the Faith In Catholic Teenagers

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Jesus 4 Real is a voluntary ministry to College age students that runs camps in the school holidays. We provide an enjoyable and exciting environment aimed at enabling young Catholics to experience a personal encounter with Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

We are currently enlarging and strengthening our Senior Leadership Team (“Elisha” Team) in preparation for 2021 and onwards, and we invite adults (over 18 years of age) to consider joining us. There is a variety of roles available, and there are plenty of opportunities to use and develop your talents and skills!

N.B.: Some roles may be carried out remotely – all Team members do not necessarily have to live in the Wellington area.

25 OCTOBER 2020

“ . . . Dear young people, my joyful hope is to see you keep running the race before you, outstripping all those who are slow or fearful. Keep running, "attracted by the face of Christ, whom we love so much, whom we adore in the Holy Eucharist and acknowledge in the flesh of our suffering brothers and sisters. May the Holy Spirit urge you on as you run this race. The Church needs your momentum, your intuitions, your faith. We need them! And when you arrive where we have not yet reached, have the patience to wait for us.”Pope FrancisMonday, March 25, 2019
To share baptism in the Holy Spirit with everyone in the Church, to praise the Lord unceasingly; to walk together with Christians of different Churches and Ecclesial Communities in prayer . . . to serve the poor and the sick. This is what the Church and the Pope expect from you, Catholic Charismatic Renewal."Pope FrancisCirco Massimo, Rome, Saturday June 3, 2017
For many years I have watched young people emerge from the Jesus 4 Real camps excited about their faith and eager to be involved. In recent years this has included my own children and so I can now witness to the effectiveness of the camps from the perspective of both youth ministry and as a Catholic parent. They meet so many other kids whose faith really matters to them and, most importantly, they meet Jesus at a very personal level. I can't recommend these camps enough if you're looking to help your children truly own their Catholic faith." Chris Duthie-JungLeader: Family & Young Church Ministries, Wellington Archdiocese
Jesus 4 Real Camps are well worth attending, young people speak very highly of their experience and are given a real love of Jesus through the camps, which in turn enables them to be involved in the life of Christ's Church. Jesus 4 Real camps give young people the chance to hear the invitation of Pope Francis where he says; "I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since "no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord" ... Evangelii Gaudium 3 Cardinal John DewArchdiocese of Wellington