Three-day diocesan youth conference ‘DYC 2023’ held


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Mangaluru, 21 Feb 2023: The ICYM Central Council, Mangalore diocese in collaboration with ICYM St Jude, Mangalore north deanery and ICYM Kirem unit hosted the 10th Diocesan Youth Convention – 2023 with the theme ‘Faith filled families build a strong community’ from February 17-19 at Kirem church hall.

 

“What we do should be appreciated by others and we should work to build a strong community and should engage in social service to respond to the hardships of others,” said Fr Oswald Monteiro, parish priest, Kirem church and vicar forane St Jude Mangalore north deanery.

 

The dignitaries formally inaugurated the programme by releasing the balloons in the air. Fr Oswald Monteiro was the guest of honour of the inaugural programme. He congratulated the youth for organizing a useful youth conference and called the youth to build a strong community with faith filled families.

 

 

Alwyn Patrao, recapitulated his CYM days and shared his feelings and experience being a former president of CYM long ago.

 

Jaison Lawrence Crasta, former president ICYM Central Council and Viola Reshma Lewis, lady representative ICYM Karnataka region were honoured by the dignitaries for receiving KRCBC- Yuva Rathna Award.

 

The president of the programme Msgr Maxim L Noronha addressed the gathering saying that youth plays an important role in building a strong community.

 

Fr Maxim L Noronha, Fr Oswald Monteiro, Fr Ashwin Cardoza, director, ICYM Mangalore diocese. Fr Sunil D’Souza, director ICYM St Jude north deanery, Rohan D’Costa – vice president Parish Council, James Lobo, secretary Parish Council, Alwyn Patrao, former president CYM Central Council Mangalore diocese, Melreeda Rodrigues, former ICYM president, Burton Sequeira, former ICYM central council treasurer, Marvel Mathias, president St Jude north deanery, Joswin D’Silva, president Kirem unit, Anil John Sequeira, president ICYM Central Council, Dr Nishal Preeemal D’Souza, secretary Central Council and DEXCO members were present on the dais.

 

Members of Kirem unit evoked God’s blessings through a prayer song. Wilma Lobo, pPresident Puttur deanery compered the programme, Anil John Sequeira welcomed the gathering, and Dr Nishal Preemal D’Souza delivered the vote of thanks. The inaugural ceremony was followed by a cultural programme by the youth of ICYM St Jude Mangalore north deanery.

 

The second day began with the holy Eucharistic celebration at Our Lady of Remedies Church, Kirem. Fr Sunil D’Souza, during the Mass prayed for all the youth of the diocese.

 

This was followed a session on YOUCAT by Fr Vijay Machado, workshop on mental health by Dr Priyanka Renita D’Souza, senior resident department of psychiatry KMC Mangaluru, panel discussion on government jobs by Amline D’Souza, inspector commercial tax government of Karnataka, agriculture by Rohith Rosario, founder Rosario Agro Industries and self-employment by Ronald Silvan D’Souza, founder and executive director LEKSA Lightings PVT Ltd, Mangaluru.

 

Fr Steevan Lobo OCD spoke about the importance of prayer through an experience. Yuvaspoorthi Fr Ronald Prakash D’Souza along with Blue Angels Choir conducted Taize prayer in the evening.

 

All the delegates actively involved themselves in the animation, games and group activities. The day concluded with cultural programme by all the groups.

 

On the third day, all the delegates took part in the Sunday Mass held at Our Lady of Remedies Church, Kirem celebrated by Fr Ashwin Lohith Cardoza. After the holy Mass, a hair donation drive was conducted in the church premises where 21 donors including a male donated their hair for a good cause.

 

An interactive session was conducted with Joyal Mendonca and Lawrence D’Souza, the leaders of 2 different political parties in order to sensitize the youth towards the importance of youth involvement in the development of the society, and a workshop on marriage and family life, by Fr Anil Alfred D’Souza and team.

 

Former DEXCO members, senior youth and local community visited the conference venue and relived their days in ICYM.

 

The concluding ceremony commenced in the noon. Nevin Antony, president ICYM Karnataka region was the chief guest for the valedictory programme. He congratulated the youth for organizing and participating in the conference and he continued saying that youth will learn more things by taking part in youth activities through which youth can reach the peak of success.

 

 

Fr Oswald Monteiro, Fr Ashwin Cardoza, Fr Sunil D’Souza, Rohan D’Costa, vice president Parish Council, James Lobo, secretary Parish Council, Marvel Mathias, president St Jude north deanery, Joswin D’Silva, president Kirem unit, Anil John Sequeira, president ICYM Central Council, and Dr Nishal Preeemal D’Souza secretary Central Council were present on the dais.

 

Volunteers of St Jude north deanery and Kirem unit were honoured for their service beyond measure.

 

Edel Saldanha-Amso Yuvak/media representative compered the valedictory programme, Marvel Mathias welcomed the gathering and Anil John Sequeira and Brian Pereira thanked everyone who helped in the success of DYC 2023.

 

Around 380 youth including volunteers, DEXCO and council members actively participated in the event. The conference ended with the ICYM theme song.

 

 

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