"YUVAFERENCE", Udupi Diocese level Youth Presidents’ meet at Kalmady

Mishal D’Souza
Kemmannu News Network, 10-10-2018 12:43:57

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Udupi : "YUVAFERENCE", Udupi Diocese level Youth Presidents meet was Organised by Indian Catholic Youth Movement (ICYM)  Udupi Diocese Council on Monday, 8th October. ICYM unit of Stella Maris Church, Kalmady hosted the day-long conference of Youth at the Church hall.



The programme commenced at 9:30 am in the morning with the arrival of the Bishop Of Udupi Diocese Most Rev. Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo. The inauguration was done in a unique way wherein the all the ICYM unit presidents stuck words of values to the tree symbolising the unity.       Thereafter the guests present namely, the Bishop Most Rev. Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo, Fr Edwin D’Souza, Director of ICYM Udupi Diocese, Fr Alban D’Souza, Parish Priest Of Stella Maris Church, Dion Dsouza, Diocese President Of ICYM, Mr Sandeep Andrade, ICYM Kalmady Animator, Melwyn Carvalho, Kalmady Unit President, Jeeza Mendonca, Kalmady Unit Secretary,  Mr Sanjay Andrade, Mrs Shoba Mendonca and Mr Francis Fernandes watered the tree symbolising the strength and support.

The first session of the day was conducted by the Bishop himself wherein he enlightened the youth with topic of Self Esteem. The Bishop in his interactive sessions with the youth discussed on how a person having high self esteem becomes very successfull. He also stressed on the topics of positive thinking, self motivation character and on why the youth need to develop the art of listening.




After a short break for refreshments began the Presidents formal meeting. This meeting was chaired by Dion D’Souza, ICYM Udupi Diocese President in the presence of the council members, animator, Mr Lesley Aroza and the guest for the meeting Mr Derick Mascarenhas who is also the EX- ICYM Diocese President.

Fr Edwin D’Souza, Director of ICYM Udupi Diocese presided over the meeting. The unit presidents presented the unit reports of the various programs organised and the further year plan for the upliftment of the youth. Many appreciable programs were planned and implemented in the various units of Udupi Diocese for the betterment of youth and their involvement in social activities. Director Fr Edwin expressed his happiness over the appreciation recieved to the youth of Udupi at National level. The meeting was concluded after a short message from Mr Derick Mascarenhas and the Director.



The second meeting namely the ICYM Diocese action plan commenced at 2pm after lunch. The "SPECS"(spiritual formation, personality development, education excellence, cultural enrichment, socio political involvement)agenda and the "Christian Leadership" motive of the ICYM for the year was presented to the president’s.

Thereafter the action plan of the ICYM was discussed and finalized. The meeting concluded with the speech from Mr Dion D’Souza. He said, " Presidentship is a skill of responsibility and commitment towards the task." He also mentioned that to lead the society in future is to lead the youth now. The President urged the youth to unite at the Diocese level, work for the betterment of the society, involve in political activities and always aim towards serving India at the best. He appreciated the presidents for their hardwork until now and concluded the speech by seeking their support towards all the future projects of the youth movement.



Thereafter the Youth animatior of the Diocese Mr Lesly Aroza addressed the youth leaders. He expressed his happiness over the works of the youth. He also placed his thoughts over the strengthening of the youth to work towards the further requirements for the development of the Diocese.

The final session of the day was held by the Fr Chetan, PRO Of the Diocese. He presented the infrastructural and financial details of the Udupi Diocese in the presence of the Bishop. The youth were made aware of all the works undertaken by the Diocese for the betterment of its people.

The programme concluded at 5pm with a message from Fr Alban D’Souza and the prayer and blessing from the Bishop Most Rev. Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo.



Fr Reginald Pinto, Director of SAMPADA, Mrs Janet Barboza, President of the Udupi Diocese Women’s association made their presence in the midst of the programme. Oniel Andrade, spokesperson of ICYM Karnataka region, and Sandra Reberio the Vice president of ICYM Udupi Diocese compered the day-long event. Lavina D’Mello of ICYM Kalmady was the emcee for the inaugural ceremony. President of the host unit Melwyn Carvalho welcomed the gathering and Jeeza Mendonca the secretary conveyed the vote of thanks.

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