National Youth Convention 2017

In the words of Trent Shelton “At the end of the day all that matters is love and memories so make sure you give it and make sure you make them.” Indeed the experience at the X National Youth Convention, 2017 was something to be cherished and will be lingering in every delegate’s mind for quite sometime. National Youth Convention (NYC), the most awaited event for the Catholic Youth of India, was hosted by the National Team of the Indian Catholic Youth Movement (ICYM). It is hosted in every three years and this year was the Tenth Edition of the National Youth Convention, hosted at St.Joseph’s Engineering College at Vamanjoor, Mangalore. NYC is a conference where the youth from all over India in limited numbers gather together to experience the love of Christ in a youthful manner. Delegates from 172 Diocese from all over India had assembled at the NYC venue at St Joseph’s Engineering College, Mangalore, more than 2500 youths had gathered to experience this dynamic conference to become the next leaders of tomorrow. The delegates were so involved in the convention that they never realized that the final days of the NYC was about to end. The whole convention ended with a Peace Rally and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist on the last day.
The DID and the Convention left every delegate with some of the beautiful memories to cherish which can never be forgotten. Many were busy with their last selfies and their last good byes, but for the delegates of Kolkata this convention was just a new beginning of their new friendship. They all met each other as strangers but today they have become one family. The delegates Hope and Pray that they meet each other again someday, somewhere according to God’s own plan.

#NEWS: Pope Francis Dines With The Poor not The Elite

Pope Francis has reminded journalists and world leaders time and time again that the church is for the poor, blasted the global financial system which causes so much poverty in the first place, and called on Catholics across the globe to take action and start lifting up the most vulnerable among them.

In his six days historic visit, Pope Francis makes a statement through his lifestyle. He is the first pope in history to address the United States Congress. After which he heads over to St. Patrick’s Church in Washington D.C. The church along with 70 volunteers arranged a dinner for 300 homeless people.

Under a large tent providing shelter for more than 50 tables covered with white-linen cloth, the pope will bless a menu of boneless teriyaki chicken breast, Asian pasta salad, steamed green beans and carrots, potato rolls, and, for dessert, brownies etc.

“We expect [the pope] to be like a maître d’ at a restaurant,” says Erik Salmi, communications director for the Washington branch of the nonprofit religious group. “There’s not a lot that’s scripted; rather, we want him to have as much time to greet people [and] spend time with them as possible. He’s big with people on the margins of society, those that tend to get overlooked.”

The evening has been arranged in such a way that the most important people in the room are the 300 guests themselves. With good food, music and the company of an international world leader, it will be a night to remember.

Pope Francis is living the Gospel, the words of Jesus are in every action of this man of God: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,” – Matthew 25:35.

What Does This Mean For Us?

Let us be imitators of Christ, let us live the gospel of love in our actions. If every Christian just shows more mercy and kindness, the world will turn upside down.


“For the kingdom of God is not in matter of talk but power”. – 1 Corinthians 4:20

With the theme as POWER the ICYM Kolkata Deanery Youth Day started with the mass celebrated by Fr. Vincent Lobo, the Dean of Kolkata and Fr. Sebastian of Ignatius Church Kidderpore. Around 140 catholic youths from the city of Kolkata had gathered at St. Paul’s Boarding and Day school, Kiddepore to take part in the event. However Fr. Gnana Peppin could not attend the event due to his ill heath (please uphold him in prayer). The day was filled with excitement, curiosity and divine presence as speakers from various fields of life shared their knowledge with the youth. Fr. Lord Winner gave a talk on “Youth in the Society”, Mr. Ritesh Osta and Mr. Vishal Tupper on “Youth in the industrial sector” and Anjalina Brahmin (JTM) shared a personal testimony of  life changing encounter with Jesus. The audience had a great time interacting with the speakers and sharing their opinions on the topics.

The event gained pace and the youths grew excited as the competitions started. The singing competition was won by St. Ignatius church, Kidderpore as Christ the King church, park circus and Infant Jesus Church, Behala stood as the 1st and 2nd runners up respectively. The decision was made under the supervision of esteemed judges such as Mrs. Betty Matthews of St. James school, Mr. Peter Gomes of the Messengers Band and Mr. Francis Beck of CCCRS.

The DEXCO team was also introduced along with the Diocesan Lady-Animator Sr. Lidwin.

The skit competition was judged by Fr. Devraj and Angelina Mantosh and it was won by Infant Jesus Church, Behala and Christ the King Church and Infant Jesus stood as 2nd and 3rd. The prizes were distributed by Fr. Gregory Monteiro, the Regional Youth Director. The new rules included made the competition even more exciting. The event ended up well as the audience danced to the tracks played on the console by DJ Sonu Minz. Among the other attendees were Ms. Anancia, the Regional Youth Animator and the Theology of the Body team members.

ICYM Kolkata would especially like to thank the Local Organizing Committee whose support made this event possible. The DEXCO team along with the leadership of Sr. Lidwin put up a great work to make the day memorable. With joyful hearts and excited faces the youths departed awaiting for the next ICYM Kolkata event.