Jen Martinez new LOGOS leader

May 18, 2016.   Category: New Zealand

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

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

Jen Martinez of LOGOS

Jen Martinez installed as Logos Leader and Denis O’Hagan becomes Logos Chairman.

“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 Jen 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.

At the same Mass, Fr Denis O’Hagan SM also became Chairman of the LOGOS board.

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.

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LOGOS 2015: New leadership, premises and a new programme

April 21, 2016.   Category: New Zealand

New leadership, a new programme and new premises are highlights of the 2015 LOGOS year.

Jen Martinez

Jen Martinez

LOGOS is pleased that in 2015 Jen Martinez became its leader. Having been with LOGOS for several years she is well known to those involved and the groups it serves.

Also new are the premises.

The board is very pleased to have secured more suitable and much more modern premises, in Eden Terrace, not too far away from the old site.

Since 2007 the youth development project based itself at the historic Josephite convent on Benedict Street, however finding suitable new premises has been on the agenda for over 12 months.

The other 2015 ‘new’ is for the first time LOGOS delivered a programme “Jade Speaks Up”; a teaching resource helping students create strategies to keep themselves safe, particularly in relation to family violence.

Staff and students at St Dominic’s College commented on the positive impact of the programme.

Staff said it created a safe space for students to explore topics that would otherwise remain unspoken, and students said they appreciated the practical approach to learning ways to keep themselves safe.

Student feedback identified four “most important” things they took away from the day as:

  • violence isn’t the answer; and when in a tough situation “to breathe, think and do”, and help others,
  • being violence free begins with me,
  • I have the right to be safe,
  • how to apply my Personal Safety Plan.

Also in 2015 LOGOS delivered

  • 37 one-day retreats (1840 students)
  • 5 regular “special character” activities (107 students per week)
  • 2 week-long OSCAR programmes (36 participants)
  • 1 3-day retreat for leaders from seven schools
  • 1 overnight retreat for LOGOS volunteers

School chaplaincy

In addition, LOGOS was involved in sacramental programmes resulting in 40 students receiving the sacraments of initiation, Eucharistic Ministry training in three schools and regular school Masses in four colleges.

Fr Kevin Murphy is well known within the Auckland diocese and in 2015 provided chaplaincy services at Sancta Maria, Liston, Marist and St Dominic’s colleges. These services also include: staff retreats, assisting new Religious Education teachers and giving input on school charism and the Catholic character.

Youth development

In 2015 LOGOS was pleased to welcome several new volunteers to the team, making for a team of 18 young volunteers, helping deliver its programmes.

All volunteers receive training and gain important practical experience including developing skills in

  • project planning
  • project management
  • budgeting
  • leadership
  • promotion, and
  • completing risk assessments and evaluations.

Throughout the year a number of staff moved on to take up roles in youth work, pastoral work and other not-for-profit areas. LOGOS was fortunate to replace these people with others who brought a new variety of talents and skills to contribute and grow the ministry.

In terms of governance, 2015 Mila Burke and Laurence Caltaux were significant additions to the LOGOS’ Board of Trustees.

Founded in 1999 by the Society of Mary, LOGOS works with young people within the Auckland region.

Primarily a youth development agency, LOGOS works with young people enabling them to make a positive impact within their communities and wider society.

LOGOS’ programmes are designed to develop young people, helping ground them in their values and identity, and make them more fully integrated member of New Zealand society.

Source: LOGOS

Marist-Challenge GAP student experience profound

November 8, 2013.   Category: New Zealand

On Wednesday afternoon, 8 Marist Challenge 2000 Gap year students who have recently returned from their month-long pastoral placements, reported back to their friend and colleagues gathered at Pa Maria in Wellington. Read more

Eight young people join 2013 Marist Challenge 2000 Gap year

February 12, 2013.   Category: New Zealand

On Monday 11 February, sixty people attended a powhiri in Johnsonville welcoming eight young people into the Marist – Challenge 2000 Gap Year Programme for 2013. Read more

Marist Youth International website proves to be popular

February 1, 2013.   Category: International

Fr Alejandro Munoz, assistant to the Marist Fathers Superior General, is very happy with the response to the Marist Youth International website which he launched towards the end of 2012. Read more

Organised GAP year valuable for young

January 16, 2013.   Category: New Zealand

In 2008, Challenge 2000 entered into a partnership with the Society of Mary to provide a programme that gave young people the chance to serve and help those around them while discerning which path they were called to take in terms of career and lifestyle. Read more

LOGOS: Young Auckland people in search of meaning in ‘own back yard’

April 13, 2012.   Category: New Zealand

For the last 3 years, The Logos Project has offered the schools of the Auckland Diocese the opportunity to send their school leaders to a unique retreat called the Special Character Retreat.

The retreat provides an opportunity for student leaders who are seeking a transformative experience that links faith and life in a way that is relevant to young people. Read more

Marist – Challenge Gap year ends in style

December 8, 2011.   Category: New Zealand

Six young people who completed the Marist – Challenge 2000 Gap Year programme in Wellington received their certificates at a graduation ceremony on Sunday. Read more

Irish students visit Marist Mission Thailand

September 20, 2011.   Category: International

Recently nine students from St Mary’s, the Marist college in Dundalk, Ireland, visited the Marist mission in Ranong, Thailand. Read more

Gerard Tully new Rector at Silverstream

July 15, 2011.   Category: New Zealand

Former St Patrick’s College Wellington rector, Gerard Tully is the new rector at St Patrick’s College Silverstream. Read more

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