Delhi: The ICYM (Indian Catholic Youth Movement) National Youth Awards were given to 17 Catholic youth on the occasion of the valedictory of the National Conference of ICYM under the banner of CCBI (Conference of Catholic Bishops’ of India) on October 25 at the Shofar Conference Center, Gurugram.
The five-day ICYM National Youth Conference was attended by 400 young participants from different parts of the country, centred on the theme “The Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”, which discussed the issues and concerns of youth. The conference marked the “Synod on Youth” was convened by Pope Francis at Rome. The culmination of the conference was the award ceremony, which is the annual feature of the ICYM, to honour the Catholic youth of India who have rendered great service to the society and the church.
Seventeen young achievers from different parts of India were shortlisted and conferred with ICYM – National Award by the Dilip Cherian – the founding partner of Perfect Relations, who was the chief guest of the programme, in the presence of Rev Bishop Rajaram Polimera, the member bishop of CCBI Youth Commission, Rev Fr Stephen Alathara, the Deputy Secretary of CCBI, Rev Fr Chethan Machado, the National Youth Director of ICYM and other dignitaries.
The following youth from different regions bagged the national awards:
Benjamin Lakra and Sukhmanja Kispotta of Chattisgarh, S. Ruba Babu and J. Martina Mary of Tamil Nadu, Kuotseituo John and Anita Tirkey of the North East region, Ausfin Dias of the Western region, Vikas of the Northern region, Jaideep Damore and Pooja Charpota of Madhya Pradesh, Vishal Francis and Soumya Simon of the Agra region, Kotte Rupesh and Sondi Fathima Anthony of the Telugu region, Ajith .K. Thankachan and Elin David of the Kerela region and Jerry Jockin of Karnataka.
The final day of the conference also witnessed the first General Body Meeting of the ICYM. The meeting was chaired by Sagar Gabatta, the National Vice President of ICYM, in the absence of National President Percival Holt, who is attending the Synod at Rome. National treasurer Denis welcomed the GB (General Body) members and also presented the financial status of the movement. The report of the programmes and activities of the ICYM, since its inception on January 15, 2017 was read by General Secretary Paul Jose. The upcoming programmes and concerns of the CCBI Youth Commission were discussed and clarified with the GB.
The ICYM Youth conference was unique as there were 12 workshops on relevant topics and group discussions in 10 groups. The delegates deliberated in detail on the topics and came out with a statement which could assist the all the stakeholders of the youth ministry in framing policies and programmes for the youth.
The whole conference was planned and executed under the leadership of Percival Holt and his executive team.