Mangaluru: ICYM Central Council, Mangalore Diocese, in collaboration with ICYM St. Paul Eastern Deanery, Puttur and ICYM Kadaba Unit, inaugurated the 9th Diocesan Youth Convention on Monday, November 5 at 7 PM at the St. Joachim’s Church grounds, Kadaba.
The inaugural programme was presided over by Most Rev. Dr Henry D’Souza, Chairman of Karnataka Regional Youth Commission and Bishop of Diocese of Bellary. The chief guests of the program were Roy Castelino, Former State President, Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy, V. Rev. Fr Alfred J Pinto, Vicar Forane, St. Paul Eastern Deanery, Puttur, Rev. Fr Ronald Lobo, Parish Priest, St. Joachim’s Church, Kadaba, Rev. Fr Ronald Prakash D’Souza, Director, Rev. Fr Ashwin Lohith Cardoza, Assistant Director, ICYM Mangalore Diocese, Rev. Fr Praveen D’Souza, Director, ICYM St. Paul Eastern Deanery, Puttur, Louis Mascarenhas, Vice president, Jacintha Veigas, Secretary, Parish Pastoral Council, St. Joachim’s Church, Kadaba and Joseph Veigas, Animator, ICYM Kadaba Unit.
The convention was kick-started by the hoisting of the Papal Flag by Bishop Henry D’Souza, Rev. Fr Ronald Prakash D’Souza and Rev. Fr Ashwin Lohith Cardoza unfurled the ICYM flag along with ICYM Executive and council members of Mangalore Diocese, V. Rev. Fr Alfred J Pinto and Rev. Fr Praveen D’Souza unfurled the DYC Flag along with ICYM Executive and council members of St. Paul Eastern Deanery, Puttur. The hosting of the flag ended on a high note by singing ICYM Theme song followed by the formal stage programme. Jaison Leroy Pereira welcomed the dignitaries and the gathering. The Dignitaries were welcomed with a shawl, bouquet of flowers, memento and DYC Kit. Rev. Fr Ronald Prakash D’Souza delivered an introductory speech on Diocesan Youth Convention. Bishop Henry inaugurated DYC – 2018 in an innovative way along with Roy Castelino, V. Rev. Fr Alfred J Pinto, Rev. Fr Ronald Lobo, Rev. Fr Ronald Prakash D’Souza, Rev. Fr Ashwin Lohith Cardoza, Rev. Fr Praveen D’Souza and other dignitaries accompanied them. Rev. Fr Ronald Lobo addressed the gathering on the history and the families of Kadaba Church. Roy Castelino in his speech, he stressed on youths should be leaders of today and tomorrow and be the leaders of modern change in the society. V. Rev. Fr Alfred J Pinto spoke about the development of Puttur deanery in terms of the educational system. Bishop Henry D’Souza addressed the gathering on the significance of synod and the role of youths in synod at the Vatican City. Bishop Henry specially thanked and honoured Rev. Fr Ronald Prakash D’Souza for his self-service, hard work with dedication in the youth ministry for 14 years. Later on, a cultural program was performed by youngsters of Puttur Deanery. Rakshith Pinto – Secretary, St. Paul Eastern Deanery proposed the vote of thanks, Jovel Fernandes, Melroy D’Souza and Rovina Pereira compered the inaugural program.
Jaison Leroy Pereira, Diocesan Youth President, Fevisha Monteiro, General Secretary, Aneesh Lobo, Joint Secretary, ICYM Mangalore Diocese and Local Coordinator of the event, James Crishal D’Souza, President, Rakshith Pinto, Secretary, ICYM St. Paul Eastern Deanery, Puttur, Frayal Gladson Cross, President, Rashmitha Pereira, Secretary, ICYM Kadaba Unit, Rev. Fr Peter Gonsalves, Parish Priest, Holy Cross Church, Bellare and Rev. Fr Anil Roshan Lobo, Parish Priest, St. Rita Church, Panja were also present.
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