Mangaluru: Hundreds take part in diocesan ‘Catholic Youth in National Mainstream’

Daijiworld Media Network-Mangaluru

Mangaluru, Nov 7: Young Catholic Students/Young Students’ Movement (YCS/YSM) Mangaluru diocese organized the ‘Diocesan YCS Convention 2017 (Cardijn Day) which is first of its kind on November 5 at Cordel Church Hall, Kulshekar to commemorate the 135th birth anniversary and 50th death anniversary of the inspirational founder of the movement, servant of God Cardinal Joseph Cardijn.

The theme of the event was ‘Catholic Youth in the National Mainstream’ to motivate the youngsters to serve the nation. The inaugural ceremony was presided over by Fr Chethan Machado, YCS/YSM National Chaplain India presiding over the event.

Fr Anil D’Sa, SDB, regional youth director Karnataka, MP Noronha, secretary, diocesan pastoral Parishad, Mangaluru diocese, Jesvita Pricy Quadras, the president YCS/YSM India and Sonia D’Souza the regional president were the guests of honour.

The event was inaugurated in a unique way with Dion Pinto, a budding artist and a YCS member from Bondel painting a portrait of Cardinal Joseph Cardijn and the dignitaries filling it with colors.

Diocesan YCS/YSM director Fr Rupesh Madtha, diocesan YCS president, Quinie Mariya D’Costa, secretary Melnitha Correa, diocesan YCS animator Prajwal Sequeira, regional secretary Royden Colaco were the other dignitaries present on the dais.

In his presidential speech, Fr Chethan Machado called upon the youngsters to come forward and take up roles in defence, civil services and other public sectors. Elton Pinto compered the event.

After the inauguration, ice-breakers were held and the YCS members actively participated in singing action songs with foot tapping music. MP Noronha delivered the key note address based on the theme of ‘Catholic Youth in the National Mainstream’. This was followed by holy mass.

Cultural competitions were held between eight deaneries of the diocese who displayed their unique talents and thoroughly entertained the audience.

The grand finale began at 3 pm. Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza, bishop of Mangaluru presided over the event. JR Lobo, MLA, Mangaluru South, Ivan D’Souza, MLC, Chief Whip , Govt of Karnataka, Arun Furtado, KAS, deputy secretary to the CM (Admin), Karnataka, Fr Victor Machado, dean city deanery, Fr Chethan Machado, Fr Anil D’Sa, Jesvita Pricy
Quadras, Sonia were the guests of honour.

Bishop inaugurated the YCS Education Fund to assist higher education of the needy students, raised by the YCS units of the diocese using a unique fund raising initiative ‘Wealth out of Waste’. The YCS members collected the money by selling old newspapers for the fund. A total of Rs 76,000 was raised as a part of this initiative.

‘YCS/YSM Mangalore Diocesan Proficiency Awards 2017’ was constituted for the first time where young achievers in the national or international level in any field were honored.

Six achievers chosen for the award were –Danan Saldanha Bondel, Gavin Lobo Urwa, Simran D’Souza Permude, Viani D’Cunha Urwa, Shalon Pais Bbajjodi and Crystal Pinto Bondel.

Prizes were distributed to the units who collected the highest amount for the fund raising initiative and the winners of the cultural competitions. Members of YCS /YSM Diocesan Central Council were present on the dais.

Parents of the awardees, central council members and representatives from national as well as regional YCS/YSM were present as special guests. Melnitha Correa compered the

Around 1000 youths from 135 units of the diocese participated in the event and dispersed with the YCS/YSM claps and anthem.




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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Tue, Nov 07 2017

    Great opportunity to our youth to be in the national mainstream.Wish them all the best and expect many to join

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  • Antony D'Cunha, Permude/Muscat

    Tue, Nov 07 2017

    Harnessing the youth power is need of the hour. With proper guidance, strong commitment and goal oriented approach in life, our youth can move mountains.

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  • Luv, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 07 2017

    Running after gulf has much to lose than gain in today's situation in GCC !!
    young and dynamic leadership is need of the hour to guide the youth into mainstream administration politics and business.

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  • cyril mathias, udupi

    Tue, Nov 07 2017

    It is good for the christian youth to come out of the four walls of the church and to join the mainstream.It is good for the church also that our youth shine and grow outside the church.The church needs to guide the youth to take up competitive exams and be entrepreneurs.

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