The heartbeat of EMPOWERED is JESUS!
It is our desire to see our risen JESUS lifted high in this Weekend Away and that all young people may be drawn to Him. It is our vision to create this awareness and to assist young people in building real and lasting relationships with JESUS. This will eventually help them in finding their place in the Church and in the world. It’s all about JESUS!
Empowered Weekend Away (EWA) is a preparatory programme for young adults – mainly senior youths especially Form 5 & 6 Leavers and College & University students – to stock-take their lives, as they progress from “junior-youth-hood” into a new chapter of their lives as young adults. Some may consider working or furthering their studies (locally or overseas).
In this Weekend Away, we strive to evangelize, educate, inspire, encourage and support all young people in our church. Through a deeper appreciation and relationship with JESUS in their lives, they will begin to understand the power of the Eucharist and its relevance in their lives. We wish to assist young people to experience and understand the richness of Christian life within the context of the Catholic faith.
Fr Gregory Chan was an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in the 1990s till the mid 2000s, focusing on Human Rights as well as Marriage & Family Law issues. Intrigued by the Inter-religious, Moral & Theological dimensions, he seeks to raise these concerns as a Roman Catholic priest by engaging young people in both local & international arenas. His topics often focus on Apologetics, Inter-Religious dialogue, Morality, Doctrine & Ethics. He is currently appointed Director of the Archdiocese Single Adults & Youth Office (ASAYO) of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur & where he organizes & plans various programmes for the youth & campus ministry and also single adults, together with his team at youth office. He also serves in the Marriage Tribunal and is actively promoting the safe guarding of Children, Youth and Young Adults from abuse. He has a keen interest in families and often engages them in dialogue. He also gives sessions on Amorris Laetitia, the latest Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis.
I could feel God’s love through spending time with joyful friends, half of which I just met. I feel more equipped to defend my Catholic faith.
Rudy Ko, University Student, EWA16
Serving in EWA16 taught me that humility is important. During the pray over, I felt God again after a long time…Everybody has a chance to experience Him and all it takes is the courage to say yes to the offer given.
Francis Davin, University Student, EWA16
Mass for me used to be just a symbol, a reminder of Jesus’ love for us. Now I know that, really, the Eucharist is a reliving of His great sacrifice; that we can experience His love for ourselves every time we participate in mass.
Natalia Lee, University Student, EWA16
EWA16 was a life-changing journey for me. I learned that all of us are anointed by God. There’s always a purpose to every situation and we need to put our trust in Jesus. I’ve learnt how to let things go, move on and learn from it. Praise the Lord for changing my perceptions toward life now.
Tiara Ratna Dewie, University Student, EWA16
We learned to get closer to God. We, as Catholics, must have stronger faith. Throughout EWA it’s a great experience and it’s interesting to learn more about our Catholic faith.