Nov 23 : ICYM Central Council, Diocese of Mangalore had an official meeting with Most Rev Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, Bishop of Mangalore on 20th November 2021 at Bishop’s House. Fr Ashwin Lohith Cardoza - Director of ICYM, Mangalore Diocese welcomed the Bishop through his heartwarming words of welcome. Thereafter the Diocesan executive committee members introduced themselves to the Bishop and had an interaction with him. The General Secretary Blairil Vishma Dcunha read out the report of all the programmes conducted by the ICYM till date. In addition to that, the President Jaison Lawrence Crasta shared in brief the action plan of the upcoming activities.

The Bishop then addressed the Central Council and appreciated all the initiatives and programmes. He gave the youth a few pointers for the future like :

  1. We need to build the community, one also needs to encourage youth to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony and inculcate family values.
  2. Youth needs to be encouraged towards becoming Entrepreneurs and thereby be able to provide employment opportunities to other youth.
  3. Our youth today should show interest in politics and be good leaders and thereby strive to work for the people of the nation and protect democracy. Each one needs to have a copy of the Indian Constitution in hand for a better outlook on the law.
  4. Inculcate the habit of reading newspapers, various books especially books related to Catholic faith such as Laudato Si, Querida Amazonia, Church teachings and theology. It is helpful to enhance the knowledge of the youth and will make them better individuals. An attempt should be made that the youth will read the whole bible at least once.
  5. Learning several languages will also help to increase one’s vocabulary. A better tomorrow can be built only by developing skills. It will enable the youngsters to become good spokespersons. One needs to possess courage and leadership skills.

ICYM is a springboard for leadership, to serve the society and make the community proud. With these words of encouragement and appreciation, the Bishop concluded his message.

The books titled "Shibiratagalu (ಶಿಬಿರಾಟಗಳು)", "Udkana (ಉಡ್ಕಾಣಾಂ)" and the recent edition of Amcho Yuvak Magazine were handed over to the Bishop by the Vice President Terrence Levy Crasta. Sapna Gonsalves, the Lady Vice President presented the ICYM 75th logo poster with its profound significance, Fevisha Venisha Monteiro, the Regional Lady Representative later handed it over to Bishop. The President and the Secretary felicitated the Bishop by giving Zanzibar Gem plant as a token of gratitude. Fr Ashwin Cardoza expressed his gratitude to the Bishop. He thanked him for being a man of simplicity and for always being available for the youth. On behalf of all, the treasurer Anil John Sequeira proposed the vote of thanks to the Bishop and all gathered for the meeting.

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