Logos Youth Development Project has new leader

Last Saturday, forty staff, volunteers, friends and supporters of the Logos Project in Auckland attended a Mass at which Jennifer Martinez was commission as the leader of the Logos Project.

Martinez has worked at The Logos project for more than ten years.

“The experiences and opportunities I received in my younger years have had a profound impact on me, and are why I am so passionate about faith and personal formation,” says Martinez.

“Many years ago I lived in a Catholic young adult community run by the Christian Brothers and I was very involved in different ministries within the Edmund Rice Network.”

“I also trained and worked as a chef after I left school at Marist College.”

“I love the fact that each day I have the opportunity to support young people to grow in their faith and in who they are called to be,” she said.

Founded in 1999 by the Society of Mary, The Logos Project works with young people in the Auckland region.

It runs a range of programmes designed to develop young people, helping them to know who they are what they stand for.

It is hoped that, by doing this, these young people will become women and men who make a positive contribution to their communities and to wider society.

Last year Logos ran:

  • 37 one-day or overnight retreats in six schools
  • 5 regular Special Character activities in two schools, involving 107 students
  • 2 week-long OSCAR holiday programmes with about 18 participants
  • 1 three-day retreat for 18 special character leaders from 7 schools
  • 1 overnight retreat and many training and formation sessions of the Connectors, (Logos volunteers)
  • A family violence programme, “Jade Speaks Up” in two schools involving over 140 students
  • Eucharistic traning in three schools for more than 30 participants
  • Sacrament programmes in three schools with 40 participants receiving the Sacraments of Initiation
  • Weekly class Masses in 4 schools, fortnightly masses in two schools, and 16 other school masses
  • Logos also assisted Caritas and the Marist Brothers to deliver programmes

As with most youth projects, Logos always struggles to find enough resources, human and material.

Much was put in place throughout 2015 to help strengthen Logos for the future.

The most significant of these is moving premises to a more suitable building.

The Logos Project has been based at the historic Josephite convent on St Benedict’s St since 2007.

In January they moved to its new location in Eden Terrace.

It is a more modern building and more suited to the smaller team.


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