A lay movement at the service of the Catholic Church

ABOUT US

The core of the mission of the Association is the commitment to prepare lay men and women dedicated to the mission of Jesus and capable of responding to the call to holiness.

 

st joseph vaz

St Joseph Vaz – Patron of the ACJM

The members of the Association thus set out to adopt the mission of Jesus in the world as their own, to live out the demands of the Kingdom and provide a service of evangelisation to the Church according to the Charism of its Patron Saint Joseph Vaz.

To live out its mission, the ACJM makes the Eucharist the center of its life and work as it strives to evangelize to the ends of the world and also to re-evangelize Catholics everywhere to return to meaningful Sacramental life in the Church.

The Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the Apostles, is the Patroness of the Association.

The ACJM is an association at the service of the Catholic Church and is also registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860. It is regulated by its own General Statutes. It operates through well defined structures with the Coordinator General at its apex, the Elders forum, and the Regional Core committees for each Zone led by a Coordinator. It operates through hundreds of Lay Catholics who, depending on their availability, dedicate themselves – full time or part time – to a ministry of their choice out of the multi-faceted work/ministries of the ACJM. The General Assembly composed of elected delegates is the highest policy making body and also elects the leadership of the Association by secret ballot for a five year term.

 

The Nature of our Work

The nature of our work can be divided into two categories:
Macro Evangelization – To make every Christian a Catholic, and every Catholic a good Catholic
Micro Evangelization – To make every good Catholic a fervent disciple of Jesus Christ

 

Macro (Mass) Evangelization

The emphasis here is on making Every Christian a Catholic, and every Catholic a good Catholic. To do this the ACJM makes use of:

 

Street Evangelization

The street-evangelization campaigns in urban areas consist of testimonies of life transformations, skits & audio-visuals. The preaching based on God’s Word is accompanied with Scripture passages projected on huge screens alongside live Gospel music.

 

Street Evangelization program in progress

 

They are presented from specially erected stages at public places such as public grounds, cross roads, road-sides, market places, beach sides, and other spots to which secular people have open access. The aim of these is to reach out to those sections of people, who for various reasons, do not frequent the four walls of the Church whether Christian or non Christian.Such campaigns are conducted in various towns and cities of Goa and elsewhere from time to time.

 

 

 

Missionary Work

The ACJM involves itself in Missionary Outreaches, particularly in North East India at the behest of the local Bishops. This form of macro-evangelization takes the form of composite teams being sent out from Goa to the North East, living with the people there, and holding prayer meetings & retreats at the various villages & towns of North East India.

 

The ACJM has thus far regularly held missionary campaigns in dioceses of Arunachal Pradesh, Darjeeling (W.Bengal), Sikkim, Kohima (Nagaland) & in Tripura. The impact of these campaigns have been tremendous and teams from the ACJM now regularly travel to the North East to conduct retreats there, particularly for the youth, students and married people.

 

Village Evangelization

In rural areas, intensive village evangelization campaigns take the form of door to door visits, distribution of religious material, screening of the film of the Life of Jesus in the local language, talks on exhorting the viewers to follow Jesus, programmes presented (without a stage) at the usual local meeting place in villages in the twilight hours at such village evangelization programmes. With the coordination of the respective Parish Priests, such village campaigns have been held regularly in several rural parishes of Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra.

 

Media Evangelization

A recording session at the ACJM Studio

This area of mass activity has taken the form of dissemination of the Gospel through Christian literature, music and videos, in addition to producing short films and talks based on Biblical themes. The audio-video productions brought out by ACJM are broadcasted through TV Channels and the internet. All this is done from a separate premise and under the auspices of what is known as the Crusaders Media Centre. This constitutes a separate wing of the ACJM devoted specifically to meet evangelization through the media. The Media Centre also publishes the bi-monthly organ of the ACJM viz Crusaders Voice & a monthly news bulletin, the Crusaders Herald.

 

Micro Evangelization

The emphasis is now on doing follow-up work after macro evangelization through formation of the persons brought in by ensuring they grow into fervent disciples who burn only with love for Jesus Christ, in short:‘making every good Catholic a fervent disciple of Christ.’

To do this the ACJM conducts :

 

Disciple Formation Camps

Also known as Conclaves, Disciple Formation Camps (DFCs) are held regularly (every 3 months for 2-3 days each) for spiritually growing members of the ACJM.

 These members come together to:

  1. Get into the teachings of Jesus contained in the Bible, contained in the Magisterium and the Church’s teachings as symbolised by the Pope.
  2. Grow into disciplined persons – in mind, heart and body.
  3. Set themselves apart as a sacred and consecrated people

As a result, these members then go out steeled in their commitment to ‘light other fires for Jesus’. These conclaves are held for young men and women (unmarried), & separately for married people and also compulsorily for all cadres in the various strata of leadership in the ACJM, and these enable them to live Christo-centric lives, as the first Christians did.

 

Retreats & Seminars

Depending on the need the ACJM conducts residential/non-residential retreats on viz. ‘Learning to Listen’ retreats, ‘Christian Maturity’ retreats, the ‘Gifts of the Holy Spirit’ retreats, ‘Healing of Life’s Hurts’ retreats, ‘Life in the Spirit’ retreats. In addition retreats at the school level or college level, parish level, both of the initiation and growth kind are held.

This blessed ministry has taken the ACJM on invitation to several dioceses both within India and abroad, such as:

  • In UAE: Retreats held in Dubai, Sharjah & Jebel Ali

  • In Turkey: Faith-Conferences held in Istanbul

  • In Spain: Faith-Conferences held in Barcelona

  • In Malta: Faith-Conferences held in the Republic of Malta and Gozo

  • In Andhra Pradesh: for major seminarians in Vijayawada.

  • In New Delhi: for youth, zonal leaders.

  • In Kerala: for preachers and lay persons, priests/nuns and religious & seminarians.

  • In Mumbai: lenten retreats for various dioceses.

  • In Maharashtra: lenten retreats in Nasik, for youth in Nagpur, growth retreats in Sawantwadi, and parish level retreats in Kolhapur, retreat for seminarins at St Charles Major Seminary in Nagpur.

  • In Bangalore: retreats for married people, professionals, youth and lay persons, priests of the Order of St Camillus.

  • In Karnataka: retreats at parish levels in Belgaum & Dharwad, for professional and degree colleges in Mangalore.

  • In Gujurat: retreats for state-level youth leaders in Ahmedabad.

  • In Daman & Diu (bordering Gujurat): for lay persons.

  • In West Bengal: for youth leaders & prayer group leaders in Kolkatta and seminarians in Hooghly, for youth and parish levels at Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Kurseong.

  • In SIkkim: for youth and parish levels.

  • In Arunachal Pradesh & Tripura: for youth and parish levels.

  • In Nagaland: for deacons in Dimapur and parish levels in Kohima and Wokha.

  • In Tamil Nadu: for married people and youth leaders and in Chennai & Erode for professionals.

  • In Goa: specialized retreats are regularly held in English and Konkani round the year.

Detailed summary of retreats conducted by the ACJM

 

Faith-building Pilgrimages

A pilgrimage to the Western Europe

The Pilgrimage division of the ACJM regularly organizes faith-building pilgrimages to places of religious significance around the world. These pilgrimages seek to uplift the faith of pilgrims through spiritual animation and exercises during the course of these pilgrimages.

The ACJM has thus far conducted international pilgrimages (view the pilgrimage albums) to:

  • Marian Apparition sites in Europe (Fatima, Lourdes, Medjugorje) & to Rome

  • The Holy Land including Biblical sites in Egypt and Jordan

  • Naju – South Korea (the site of many supernatural signs relating to the Eucharist)

  • Sri Lanka, the country in which St Joseph Vaz nurtured the Catholic faith

  • Annual pilgrimages to Our Lady of Good Health in Vailankanni, Tamil Nadu. 

Weekly Prayer Meetings

The Weekly Prayer Meetings in established zones and areas of work in the ACJM, have become the focal point of Christian Fellowship and maturity through the Word of God. Like spiritual arteries and veins, the multi-parish prayer groups are fed regularly every week which in turn transforms those attending the prayer meetings from lukewarm Christians to committed Catholics thus making their involvement in their respective parishes & Small Christian Communities (SCC’s) more meaningful and more active.

 

Crusaders Formation Centre

Those attending prayer meetings and other activities and showing indications of spiritual growth are identified as Volunteers and then channelized into specific Formation depending on their station in life and calling. This formation process is completed over several years through a full-fledged Crusaders Formation Centre located at the capital city of Panaji in Goa. Thus a generation of lay disciples totally dedicated to the cause of Jesus is put in place every year.

 

Ministries

Those attending the prayer meetings of the Crusaders, after a period of formation, get themselves involved in active ministry. This serves to not only enable themselves to be the instruments of the Lord in the various ministries in accordance with their charisms, but also seeks to enrichen their spiritual journey and nurture their God-given these charisms. The ministries within the Crusaders are:

  • Music ministry

  • Intercession ministry

  • Youth ministry

  • Married People’s Ministry – Christ Every Home Crusade (CEHC)

  • Media Evangelization and Publication ministry

  • Retreat conducting ministry

  • Hospital and Charity ministry

  • Christ Beyond Borders (Missionary) Crusade

  • Young Kid’s cell

Joseph Vaz was canonized by Pope Francis on 14 January 2015 in Colombo at Golface, Sri Lanka. Saint Joseph Vaz is the first saint to have been canonised in Sri Lanka, the first saint of Sri Lanka (having died there) and first originally from Goa, India.

Further links: Catholic Online, St Joseph Vaz