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7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention held in Bellary
- By Nelson, ICYM Regional Spokesperson

Bellary, Aug 7, 2010 : The 7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention was held at St. Anthony's Hall, Bellary from 6- 8th August, 2010 with the theme 'LIVE THE WORD, LIBERATE THE WORLD'.

In the morning of Aug 6th at 9am, a grand procession started from Prathibhalaya hall to St. Anthony's hall, lead by Archbishop Bernard Moras, Bishop Henry D'Souza- Bishop of Bellary, Bishop Peter Machado- Bishop of Belgaum, Bishop Derek Fernandes- Bishop of Karwar, Rev. Fr Franklin D'Souza- the Regional Youth Director, Rev. Fr Marie Joseph- Youth Director of Bellary and Sr. Margaret- the Regional Youth Lady Animator. Mr. Robin Odampally and REXCO members as well as Youth directors from different dioceses and youth delegates marched in procession with colourful flags to St. Anthony's hall.

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary

7th Regional ICYM Youth Convention begins in Bellary


Flag hoisting was done by Archbishop Bernard Moras after which all the bishops, Fr Franklin, Fr Marie Joseph and Sr. Margarette marked the event by letting off the doves as a symbol of youth for PEACE and HARMONY. Then delegates were led to the hall for a inaugural Eucharist. Arch bishop Bernard moras was the main celebrant, Bishop Henry preached the Homily and he invited the youth to be achievers in life.

After this, key note address was delivered by Rev.Fr.Ronald Cardoza. He called upon the youth to be the agents of transformation within oneself and the society. He said youth need to take more active part in the society which is full of challenges. "We have to be youth of peace and live the values of Christ who is our life. He also invited the youth to be the people of service and let our slogan be 'I can do it and I will do it'" said Fr. Ronald.

Ms. Merlyn Menezes responding to the key note address said "We Catholics are motivated by the life example of Christ for love and service. We have lot of opportunity in our church and society for which we need to respond positively. Our slogan should be 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me'. We have to be another Christ to others by our service. If not me then WHO? If not now then When? So life is a challenge", she said.

The formal inaugural function was held at 12pm. Rt.Rev.Dr.Bernard Moras, ArchBisop of Bangalore was the president of the function along with the other Bishops from different Dioceses. Mr. Somshekar Reddy- the MLA of Bellary, Mrs. Noorjan -the Mayor, Rev. Fr. Faustne Lobo- the PRO of Karnataka Region, Sr. Margaret- the Regional Youth Lady Animator, Rev. Fr. Charls Menezes- the National YCS/YSM Chaplain and all the Regional Executive members were present on the Dias.

The function started with a prayer song and welcome dance. Fr. Marie Joseph, the Youth Director of Bellary welcomed all the dignitaries and the delegates for the 7th Regional Convention. Fr. Franklin, the Regional youth Director highlighted the importance of the day and the purpose of the 7th Regional youth Convention. Mr. Somashekar Reddy in his message appreciated the service of the Catholic community to the society and called upon the youth to live in peace and harmony without minding caste and creed. He said, 'Youth are the future strength. We need to take guidance from our elders and priests so that our life is guided in a right direction'.

Bishop Peter Machado wished well for this historical event and convention and appreciated the youth for their participation.
Archives :
* 28th ICYM National Council held at Shillong
* VII Karnataka Regional Youth Convention from 6-8 August
* Training programme by Mangalore South Varado Y.C.S. unit
* ICYM National Council meets with LOC of Shillong Arch Diocese


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