The Regional Youth Commission of West Bengal & Sikkim Region organised Training Of Trainers (TOT) for ICYM Members at Seva Kendra, Kolkata. The program began by invoking our Lord with a beautiful Bhajan led by Fr Peppin and a prayer by Fr Arup Bor, Fr Gregory Monteiro, Regional Youth Director and the four Diocesan Youth Presidents of the South Zone (Asansol, Baruipur, Kolkata and Krishnagar Dioceses) lit the lamp. On the first day there were three sessions on leadership and christian leadership by Dr Jose Mathew, Ms Magdalene Gomes and Mr Dilip Gomes.

The Eucharistic celebration was organised by Kolkata and Baruipur Dioceses. Bishop Cyprian Monis celebrated the Eucharistic celebration. His Grace in his sermon enlightened the youth on the need to read the Bible daily. He also emphasized that youth should take the responsibility to give the Word to the world.

The Diocesan youth report was moderated by Anancia Fernandes, Regional Youth Lady Animator (RYLA). All four dioceses had presented their reports giving a glimpse of the programs in their dioceses. The programs included Parish visits and animation, Diocesan Youth Convention, Youth gathering, Bible quiz, Social Outreach programs, Sports Fest, Retreat and regular meetings. A video was shown to understand the structure of Indian Catholic Youth Movement, it was then summed up by Aritra  Sen.

The second day began with Eucharistic celebration by Fr Arup. There were two sessions on the theme Touched by Jesus walking his way by Fr Anshu and Fr Franklin Menezes.

The regional meeting was moderated by Fr Gregory (RYD) where he gave the schedule of the upcoming events. The participation certificates were awarded to all participants. The vote of thanks was given by Anancia Fernandes. The TOT ended on a happy note with an action song "It’s I who build community ".


Prepared by – Grace Thomas.



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