Udupi Diocese launches Year of Youth 2019 at Milagres Cathedral, Kallianpur by Bishop

Richard D’Souza, Kallianpur
Kemmannu News Network, 02-01-2019 14:30:13

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Udupi : The Year of Youth was inaugurated in the Udupi diocese on 31st December, 2018 at the New Year Eve Celebrations by Most Rev Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo in Milagres Cathedral, Kallianpur, Diocese of Udupi. The inauguration was done by Bishop by unveiling the Year of Youth 2019


During the inauguration of the Year of Youth 2019 logo by Bishop, Rev Dr. Lawrence C D’Souza Rector of Milagres Cathedral, Rev Fr. Canute Noronha Asst Parish Priest, Rev Fr. Lanchy Fernandes, SJ, Principal of Milagres English School and Rev Fr. Jossy Mascarenhas Vocational director of Pilar Fathers, Kallianpur were present.

Bishop Gerald Isaac Lobo said after the inauguration for the youth that the time has come for the church to pass on the cudgel of blessings to youth of the diocese. It is our desire to accompany you on your life journey to maturity so that, through a process of discernment, you may come to discover your plan for life and to realize it with joy. It is our wish that you may experience throughout this year and beyond, a deeper encounter with God and neighbor and to actively participate in the transformation of society and the church today.


However, the challenges of globalization, technological dominance, as well as economic and social hardships cannot be overlooked in the discovery of your vocation. The church wishes to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith, even you doubts and criticism. It is only when the church can inspire and accompany you adequately on your life journey to maturity. May Mary, the mother of God, intercede for you.

“Accompaniment of the church in the life journey of young people” is the theme for the entire year. In responding to Synod of Bishops on Young people which were held from 3-28 October 2018, the diocese has announced the year of youth.

To celebrate the year of youth meaningfully, the youth commission of the diocese has already prepared an action plan with the help of youth and it has been sent to all the parishes. For every month, the individual theme is chosen to correspond to the annual theme. A short glimpse is as follows :

January – YOYO4Christ – to meet individual youth

February – MAD (Make a Difference) – Awareness month

March – SWAG (Saved with Amazing Grace) – Spiritual formation

April – Enter the Journey – Pilgrimage

May – EXPRO – Life Exposure Programmes

June – Laudato Si – Care for Creation

July – Friction – Talents Day

August – Amchi Samskrati – Heritage of Konkani Language, Culture

September – Amoris Laetitia – Family and Youth

October – Mission Possible – Youth and Holiness

 November – You Too – Youth and Holiness

December – Encounter – Concluding Ceremony.

Various activities and programmes are suggested for every month and at the end of the year of youth, best five units will be awarded the Tropy of YoYo2K19.


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