Indian Catholic Youth Movement (ICYM) under the banner of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) organized the 4th National Conference at Pastoral Centre, Nadiad, Gujarat, western India from April 26 to May 1.
As many as 437 delegates from all over the country attended this conference to share their stories of faith and life experiences as a Catholic youth.
They also shared their opinions on the theme: ‘Youth for a synodal Church.’
Bishop Soosai Nazarene of Kottar and Chairman of CCBI Youth Commission celebrated the inaugural Mass and inaugurated the Conference in the presence of all the dignitaries, sixty-five youth directors and animators.
On the first day, the Annual General Body Meeting of the ICYM was held. In the afternoon, new office bearers were elected and a new national team was presented.
Jyotsna D'Souza, National President welcomed the delegates and Antony Judy thanked everyone after presenting the annual report.
The conference focused on various study sessions and group discussions, where young people shared their stories, dreams, aspirations and expectations from the church, said Father Chetan Machado, Executive Secretary of the National Youth Commission.
The young people in the church are actively involved in social issues like the environment, poverty, addictions, youth unrest and communalism, he added.
The National Youth Conference is one such programme where a lot of issues are discussed every year and deliberations are made.
This conference is going to help the youth leaders and the youth directors in India to be effective in creating a better society where there is righteousness, justice, peace and harmony.
On April 30, seventeen young people from different regions were awarded for their selfless service to the movement.
The new National Team was introduced and they took the oath. A brief farewell ceremony was organized for the outgoing team. The Diocese of Ahmedabad hosted this Conference and welcomed the delegates to Gujarat.
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