NATIONAL STUDENT LEADERS TRAINING PROGRAMME
15-18 October 2015, BHOPAL:
YCS/YSM India National Student Leaders Training Program in Hindi (1) was organized at Aicuf Ashram, Bhopal from 15th October 2015 to 18th October 2015. 52 students and 21 animators from five Hindi speaking regions participated in this training program.
15th October 2015:
Most of the delegates arrived in the morning. After the registration and breakfast students and animators gathered in the auditorium for the inaugural session. After the prayer service, all the animators were invited to light the lamp. Fr. VirendraSJ, National Director of AICUF Ashram was the chief guest and delivered the key note address.He spoke on positive self-image, self-appreciation, awareness and self-control. He cited a few examples of Pope Francis and St. Teresa of Avila. He requested students to benefit from all the deliberations.
After the lunch Bhopal diocese conducted some ice breakers and action songs,then orientation and program dynamics were initiated to them by Fr. Chetan.Fr. Alexander gave instructions and also guided the delegates on YCS/YSM methodology. After this students were divided into six groups where they got a chance to interact with students from different regions.
At 4 o’clock groups went for exposure visit tonearby placesto have an awareness of the reality. Some visited markets; some went to residential colonies, school campus, public parks, malls etc. Every group was accompanied least two animators. At 6:30pm all groups came back to the venue to prepare the reports and chart of what they saw. At 7:00 pm Fr. Mathew VC, Vicar General of Bhopal Archdiocese celebrated the inaugural mass. During homily, he spoke about authenticity of Christian life. He challenged the students to live a Christian life.After dinner, everyone shared their vivid experiences.Questions were raised and the students cleared out their doubts. Students had a very enriching experience. One of the groups even made a small contribution to a poor person on the street. Day ended with a birthday celebration followed by night prayer.
The day began withMorning Prayer conducted by the students and animators. Fr. Chetan celebrated the Holy Eucharist. He spoke about the ‘CALL’ He said, “We are chosen from many and God has given us this opportunity to become a good Christian leader”After breakfast Fr. Carmel Alexander took a session on ‘respecting life and our body is a temple of God’. He said, “Our body is a gift of God. We forget the presence of God and the gifts of the Holy Spirit”.
The day was full of activities. The session one on the key points of our methodology ‘SEE’ given by Fr.Alexander Jesudasan. The second session of the day was animated by Fr. Biju T., Secretary to MP Bishops Conference. He spoke about why youth have not reached any big level in our country. The afternoon session on different types of leadership, friendship and education of love was informative. This session was taken by Fr. Bala from Indore.After tea break Fr. Alex showed some inspirational videos how to bring transformation in their lives.
After dinner students presented a meaningful cultural program. Sr. Malar AC addressed the students and congratulated them. After this there was groupwise evaluation of the day and animator’s meeting. Inspirational movie was shown to the studentsbefore they went to bed.
17th October 2015:
Third day of NSLTP began with the Morning Prayer followed by the Holy Eucharist celebrated by Fr. Christudhari SJ, Parish Priest of Campion. After breakfast Fr. Maria Stephen explained adolescent psychology. Mr. Savio spoke about Religious Plurality. In the afternoon Fr. Chetan spoke about the origin, history and progress of YCS/YSM in India. He explained in details various aspects of YCS spirituality, methodology, Motto, Objectives etc. Before Lunch REXCO members for the Madhya Pradesh Region was formed in the presence of Fr. Chetan and Fr. Alexander Jesudasan.
In the evening, a movie DHARM based on religiosity and spirituality was shown. After dinner, there was cultural program. Students got an opportunity to show their talents. After this, there was group sharing and evaluation. Day concluded with birthday celebration and night prayer.
18th October 2015:
The day started with Morning Prayer and Rosary. The Holy Mass was offered by His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Leo Cornelio SVD, archbishop of Bhopal. After breakfast His grace interacted with the students for more than hour which was an inspirational moments.
Fr. Alexander Jesudasanexplained the spirituality of YCS/YSM and explained where we can find God and that we can see god in the reality. He also explained about the YCS cell and its structure and taught how to conduct cell meeting. Then all the animators addressed the studentswith their experience about witness to leadership. Then students saw a movie named ‘do kalakar’, which showed us the difference between ambition and mission. Students were asked to pen down our ambition in life and how to change this ambition into mission. They also took part in a cell meeting and grasped the clear knowledge about using the methodology See, Judge and Act. In the evening most of the students took active part in the cultural program. With the evaluation and a short prayer the day ended with a positive note.The four days program came to an end with YCS/YSM Anthem and clap. The participants left the venue with fond memories and a heavy heart.
Fr. Alexander Jesudasan
Regional Youth Director
ICYM & YCS/YSM, MP Region