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V. Rev. Fr Charles Menezes, the newly appointed youth commission Secretary and Director of ICYM Udupi Diocese, officially assumed charge on June 28, 2021.

Most Rev. Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo, Bishop of the Diocese administered the oath. The former Secretary of Youth Commission and ICYM Director and present Chaplain of YCS/YSM Udupi Diocese Fr. Edwin D’Souza handed over the documents to Fr Charles and congratulated him on his new appointment.

We congratulate and wish great success to Rev Fr. Charles Menezes in his new mission.

Fr Charles Menezes hails from Moodubelle Parish. Ordained Catholic Priest for the Diocese of Mangalore before he was incardinated into the Diocese of Udupi after the bifurcation of the Diocese in 2014. He was born on 18th October, 1963. He completed his Primary and High School studies in St Lawrence School. He did his Pre University studies in Porna Prajna College Udupi, before he joined St Joseph’s Seminary, Mangalore in 1982 and was ordained Priest on 08th May, 1991. Along with his seminary studies in Philosophy and Theology, he also obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master of Arts in Sociology from Mysore University. He worked as Asst. Priest in 3 parishes namely Agrar, Kulshekar and Vittal for 6 years. Later He was appointed Director of Mangalore Diocesan Youth movement YCS/YSM (1997-2005) to take care of the faith formation of the teenagers. He worked as the first independent Director of this Movement for 8 years. Then he was appointed Parish Priest of Neermarga where he worked for 5 years before his appointment as the National Director of YCS/YSM India (2010-2015). He worked at Chennai and New Delhi for 5 years and made great efforts to revive the Movement all over India. Before completing his term of 6 years he was elected as the International Chaplain of IYCS in June 2015 which was confirmed and approved by the Holy See through the Pontifical Council for Laity dycastery on 24th July 2015. He served as IYCS chaplain from 2015 to 2019. During his stay in France he did his studies on "Youth Spirituality in Catechesis". Currently He is the Parish Priest of Mother of Sorrows Church Udupi.

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