Our parish is affiliated with a Latino youth movement
called the “Jornadas de Vida Cristiana” (i.e., the “Journey of the
Christian Life”); the movement itself is closely associated with the “Cursillos
de Cristiandad” (i.e., the “Little Courses of Christianity”), a related movement
serving adult Catholics. The members of our Jornada group,
affectionately known as “Jornadistas,” meet every First Friday for Mass at 7:00
P.M. followed by a closed "J" meeting; each Jornadistas has made a
“Jornada weekend,” a three-day retreat in which they were offered a deep
experience of God. For more information about the Jornada Movement, see the Brooklyn Diocese Jornada web site at: www.jornadista.org
The Motto of the Jornada Movement: "Todo a Jesús por María y Todo a
María por Jesús" "All to Jesus through Mary, all to Mary for Jesus."
The motto of the Jornada Movement was adopted from
that of the Marist Brothers of the Schools, a religious community of men
founded in France in 1816. The Marist Brothers
were instrumental in founding the Jornada Movement in 1959 in Mexico
City, Mexico (see more information about the history of the Jornada
Movement at the bottom of this page).
Each year on Holy Saturday our group participates in the Annual "Caminata"
sponsored by the Jornada Movement. Groups from all over the Diocese of
Brooklyn participate, each wearing some distinctive type of clothing that
identifies their group. During the "Caminata" the participants walk for
many miles, stopping along the way to visit churches in the diocese that sponsor
Jornada youth groups. This photo was taken in 2003. That year, and
in order to honor Jornadistas deployed in the war, our
members wore "Troop Trinity" uniforms.
The members of our Jornada group sponsored a haunted house on Saturday, October 29,
2005. The haunted house was a community building activity for the
group and was intended for the enjoyment of children and their parents during
the time of Halloween. Everyone had a lot of fun!
Click here to see more of the photos
A Brief History of the Jornada
a Jesús por María y Todo a María por Jesús,” the
motto of the Jornada Movement, (Movimiento de Jornadas de Vida
Cristiana) is the same as that of the Marist Brothers of the Schools, a
religious community of men founded in France in 1816. The Jornada
Movement was founded by Brother Arturo Chavez de la Mora in 1959 at the
Centro Universitario Mexico, a college run by the brothers in Mexico City,
Mexico. Brother Arturo and his associates believed that young people needed to
know the things of God, to live an experience of Christ and to discover the
meaning of redemption; and so they developed the Jornada retreat
experience to answer this need. The young people who experienced the first
Jornada retreats became dedicated and enthusiastic young Christians who
desired to share their experience with others, and so the Jornada
Movement was founded. From the earliest days of the movement, Jornadistas
have emphasized the role of "youth evangelizing youth." The movement spread from
the Centro Universitario Mexico to other parts of Mexico and eventually
to other countries, such as Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia and the United States
as well. The spiritual direction of the Jornada Movement in Brooklyn has
been under the care of the Vincentian Fathers since its arrival here in New York
in the 1960s.
"Todo a Jesús por María y Todo a María por Jesús" "All to Jesus through Mary, all to Mary for Jesus."