The Annual General Body Meeting of ICYM Delhi began at 2:45pm on 2nd February 2014 (Sunday). This was chaired by Abp. Anil J.T. Couto (Archbishop of Delhi & Chairman for Youth Commission of the Archdiocese) together with Fr. Chetan Machado (Director - Youth commission).There were 134 delegates from about 35 parishes (maximum count till date), comprising of youth leaders from each parish (i.e. President, Secretary & 2 Parish Youth Representatives), 8 zonal directors & zonal animators, including DEXCO as well.

The meeting began with a prayer led by Ms. Juby James (Vice President), in which she emphasized that we are called to be leaders, after which Mr. Sijit Thomas; ICYM President welcomed the General Body of ICYM Delhi. He welcomed everyone and expressed that each one present there has contributed to making ICYM Delhi what it is today. He told everyone about the AGBM and its importance in motivating each one to be a leader. Mr. Sijit then gave a brief introduction about each DEXCO member. Mr. Percival Holt, the Secretary read out the report of the term July 2013 to January 2014.

Fr. Chetan then re-presented the Diocesan Synod that comprised of the vision and mission for the Youth Commission in the Archdiocese, during the session Fr. Chetan asked the General body members to elaborate and express the challenges and ways to achieve the goals of youth ministry in Delhi. He then spoke about the basis & importance to have ICYM as a sign of identity to every youth group at the parish, zonal & diocesan level. He also elaborated on the aims & objectives of ICYM and asked the youth to plan their future plan of action based on this, such that it may benefit the youth and the society.





Following this session, the general body members were given 30mins to sit zone vise and discuss with each other the various challenges, difficulties in their respective zones in order to come up with a concrete plan of how to resolve the problems, what is to be done to benefit the youth at the zonal level and also improve the current status of the youth movement in the zone. The groups were moderated by the respective DEXCO member from their zone, together with the Zonal Directors & animators of each zone. The youth discussed issues & challenges and ways to resolve them and also expressed the need and support they require from DEXCO, in a very crisp way.

Abp. Anil addressed the youth in a very cordial way, in which he spoke about the youth ministry from his vision, and how he saw it grow in the Archdiocese and expressed his whole hearted support to the youth ministry in the Archdiocese. Followed by Archbishop’s address was an open session in which Fr. Chetan urged the youth to raise their concerns & queries to the chair, i.e. Abp. Anil (Chairman), Fr. Chetan(Director) & Sr. Mercian (Lady Animator).




Following this, Mr. Percival gave away the vote of thanks for the Annual General Body Meeting 2014 and those who were a support in organizing this meeting. The meeting winded up by around 6:00pm with the final blessing by Abp. Anil followed by refreshments for all.

*Mr. Percival Holt, ICYM Secretary, Archdiocese of Delhi.





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