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Udupi, Jan 8: A three-day diocesan youth convention ‘Shine 2016’  organised by the Diocesan Youth Commission began at Trinity Central School, Perampalli here on Friday January 8.

Msgr Baptist Menezes, Vicar General, Diocese of Udupi, who presided over the inaugural ceremony said, "Youth are the flowers of the diocese. Youth should make the best use of this convention."

Priyanka Mary Francis, CEO of Zilla Panchayat, Udupi was the chief guest. In her message to the youth, she said, “Youth tend to have a lot of confusion about the choice of their career. She said that in order to bring about a positive change in society, more youth should join civil services." 

Fr Edwin, director, Youth Commission, Udupi, spoke about the objectives of the convention. He further asked youth to focus on the reality than scripted life. He also re-interpreted the motto of the ICYM, ‘To Lead, To Serve, To Shine’.

Fr Charles, director IYCS, France in his address, said, “Many opportunities come your way. One should be quick to grab them and get the best out of those opportunities. The youth should understand their role in the church and society." 

Fr Anil D’Costa, principal, Trinity Central School, Perampalli, Fr Romeo Lewis, parish priest, Perampalli, Vipin Paul, president, regional ICYM, Sr Hilda FMA, lady animator, Walter D’Souza, animator, Derick Mascarenhas, president, ICYM and Vivina Saldanha, secretary, Diocese of Udupi were present on the dais.

Antony Mendonca and Jovita D’souza compered the event, while Derick welcomed , Vivina proposed the vote of thanks.

The three-day youth convention will conclude on Sunday, January 10. A workshop is organized on Saturday, January 9 where youth will get a platform to voice their opinions and questions


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