ICYM Udupi Deanery organizes ’Yuva Samagam’ at Udyavar

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By Dion Clive DSouza
Bellevision Media Network

Udupi, 24 July 2018: Yuva Samagam, a daylong programme, was organised by the Udyavar unit of ICYM, at the St Francis Xavier Church Hall, Udyavar on Sunday, July 22.


The deanery-level programme comprised of the Inaugural ceremony, Panel Session on the topic ’Christian leadership’, holy mass, cultural competition and valedictory function.


Around 211 youth from nine parishes of the Udupi deanery participated in Yuva Samagam.


Yuva Samagam was formally inaugurated by lighting the lamp by chief guest, Rev. Fr. Stany B Lobo - Chancellor of Udupi deanery & parish priest of Udyavar Church, Fr Lawrence Cutinha - Director of ICYM Udupi deanery, Mr. Dion D’Souza - President of ICYM Udupi diocese, Mr. Ritesh Dsouza - Animator of ICYM Udyavar unit, Mr. Micheal Dsouza - Secretary of Udyaver Parish council, Mr. Vilton Dsouza & Miss Fiona Dsouza - President and Secretary of ICYM Udupi deanery respectively, Mr. Dalan Aroza and Miss Melissa Danthi, president and secretary of ICYM Udyavar unit respectively.


In his message, Mr. Micheal Dsouza shared his personal experience in ICYM and encouraged the youth to build up their unity and become good citizen in future.


Rev. Fr. Stany B Lobo, stressed about the importance of youth utilizing every chance they get to come forward and develop in all ways.


Mr. Vilton Dsouza welcomed the gathering. Miss Melissa Danthi proposed the vote of thanks and Miss Amritha Dsilva introduced the moderator of the panel session to the gathering. Fr. Wilson Dsouza from Divya jyothi and Dr. Vincent Alva - Principal of the Milagres Degree College, Kallianpur and the moderator of the panel session joined the programme.



Soon after the inaugural ceremony, the panel session on the topic ’Christian leadership’ was conducted. 5 topics under this main topic were discussed with. They are:

1. Commenting over sensitive topics In social media.

2. Archbishop’s letter and statements with regard to the Pray for a good Government. 

3. Violation Of women rights

4. Lynching or Mobocracy

5. Conversion to Christianity.


10 youth panelists from 9 units spoke and presented their point of view on these 5 topics.


The moderator Dr. Vincent Alva finally concluded this session saying "The younger generation i.e. the today’s Christian youth must become serious in their lives and stand against violations as they are going to be the pillars of our nation who are capable of making India a secular and safe country". Fr. Edwin Dsouza presided to the programme and congratulated the panelists and youth for their active participation.


Later on the Holy Eucharist was celebrated by Fr. Alban Dsouza & Fr. Lawrence Cutinha.


After the lunch break, the youths of 9 units took part in cultural competition and presented their performance of the 9 topics below:

1. Effect of Social Media on Today’s life.

2. Education and unemployment.

3. Effect of Modern development on Nature.

4. Effect of Modernisation on culture

5. Following Traffic rules in today’s world.

6. Effect of Modernisation on Human relationship.

7. Moodubelle Unit - Effect of Modernisation on faith.

8. Effect of chemicals on Human life.

9. Value of money in modern society


After the end of competition, a short vedio report on last years events conducted by ICYM Udupi deanery was presented. The ICYM Udupi deanery instagram account @icymudupivarado was inaugurated by Fr. Lawrence Cutinha.


Later, a valedictory ceremony was held. Rev. Fr. Lawrence Cutinha - Dean of the Udupi deanery presided over the valedictory ceremony. Other dignitaries on the dias were Fr. Lawrence Cutinha, Rev. Fr. Stany B Lobo, Fr. Rolwin Aranha - assistant priest of Udyavar Church, Fr. Anil Dsouza - Parish priest of Perampalli church, Fr. Vijay Francis Dsouza - assistant priest at Udupi parish, Fr. Ronson Dsouza - parish priest of Katpady church, Dion Dsouza - ICYM diocese president, Mr. Rajesh Fernandes and Mr. Eric Menezes - Main sponsers of the event, Vilton Dsouza and Fiona Dsouza ICYM deanery president and secretary respectively.


In his message, Rev. Fr. Stany B Lobo, again encouraged the youth to accept every challenges in life and congratulated the youth for their active participation in this event.


The office bearers of last year who were felicitated on occasion included Dion D’Souza - president, Shiny Alva - secretary. The sponsors of the event and also the judges of the competition were also recognised and honoured.


In his message Rev. Fr. Valerian Mendonca congratulated the youth for gathering together with this huge number. He also appreciated the youth for their creativity and congratulated for conducting the panel session.


Rev. Fr. Lawrence Cutinha announced the results of the competition. Udyavar unit were the winners, Katpady unit were the 1st runner-up and Moodubelle united were the 2nd runner-up.


Dalan Aroza welcomed the gathering and Fiona Dsouza proposed the vote of thanks. The event was concluded with the ICYM anthem.


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