Jovany Monroy Cruz is a seminarian in the Archdiocese of Puebla de los Angeles in Mexico. We asked him some questions to get to know him a little before finding out what he thinks about young people and why he is passionate about working with them.
What is your favourite film?
Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron and The Hunger Games
What is your favourite food?
I love hamburgers!
If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would you choose and what would you ask?
Judas Iscariot, I would ask him what was missing from being by Jesus’s side?
And if you could be a superhero, which would you be and why?
Ironman, so that I could develop technology to help me improve my environment and help those in need.
Why are you passionate about working with young people?
Because young people are the future of my faith and my Church, they are the next generation who will share the gospel.
What do you like most about them?
I love their joy and desire to build a better world, full of justice and peace for all.
Why do you think it’s important to have conversations about faith with young people?
So that in this world which is full of distractions they will always have Jesus present with them, the best path they could ever choose, to seek more justice and kindness in the world.
Which aspects of Jesus’s do you think young people can identify with most?
Love for the needy and to know that we can be a sign of change and revolution in the world around us.
What was your experience using the new Alpha Youth Film Series?
It really is a great tool, it was a very rewarding and fun experience.
How do you think the series can help other youth leaders?
It is an attractive and practical tool which can help reach out to young people who are far from faith. They can engage with the pleasant and relaxed way the talks are given.
A special year
In January all the seminarians in the seminary were trained to use the Alpha Youth Film Series and worked together through all twelve episodes. As a result, in August Alpha will start in several parishes in the Archdiocese.
'The most positive thing for me is that I’m not walking alone!' emphasizes Jovany. 'As we are being challenged to be bold and do new things it is very important that we’re not doing it alone, it is always more rewarding to have brothers alongside us who are willing to offer everything to Jesus. Alpha has given us the opportunity to grow closer together as bothers and sisters just as we are, and to reach out to young people with innovative new ways to proclaim the Gospel.'