The Apostolic Carmel organizes “Youth Fusion: Juvenium 2k23” – KONKANCATHOLIC.COM

The Apostolic Carmel organizes “Youth Fusion: Juvenium 2k23”

August 8, 2023

Mangaluru: The Apostolic Carmel, Karnataka Province, organized a Youth Fusion “Juvenium 2k23” for Catholic students of classes X to PG of all the A.C. Institutions of D.K. on August 5, 2023, in the Auditorium, Mother Mary Aloysia Centenary Block, St Agnes College (Autonomous), Mangalore. This mega event was the dream that came true on the occasion of the Birth Bicentennial celebration of Venerable Mother Veronica, the Foundress of the Apostolic Carmel, and in conformance to the World Youth Day that was going on in Lisbon, Portugal.

As the youth entered the portals of St Agnes College Auditorium, the students of St Agnes P.U. College entertained them with a few action songs. The dignitaries, Sr Maria Shamita A.C., Provincial Superior; Rev. Fr Anush D Cunha S.J. and Ms Rosemary Thomas, the resource persons; Dr Sr Maria Roopa A.C., the Joint Secretary of St Agnes Institutions; and Sr Melissa A.C., Councillor for Formation and Youth, along with the campus heads of institutions, were escorted to the auditorium by the school band of St Agnes CBSE School.

The M.C. of the day, Sr Reema DMello, briefed the audience on the purpose of the gathering. The dancers of St Agnes CBSE School invoked God’s blessings through a graceful dance. The dignitaries and the gathering were warmly welcomed by Sr Melissa. “Juvenuim 2k23” was creatively inaugurated by the guests and two student representatives by illuminating the logo. The keynote address was given by Sr Maria Shamita, A.C., the provincial superior, inviting the youth to become beacons of Hope. Sr Linet Maria A.C. proposed the vote of thanks.

The resource person, Fr Anush DCunha S.J., was introduced to the gathering by Sr Therese Teena A.C. He focused on the positive attitude of a committed Catholic person and the need to witness Christ through family life, this year being the ‘Year of Family’ in Mangalore Diocese. This was followed by refreshments, an entertaining dance by a group of students from Manipur studying at St Agnes P.U. College, and a few spot games conducted by Sr Janet Sequeira A.C.

The second resource person, Ms Rosemary Thomas from Hyderabad, was introduced by Sr Lenita A.C. She began her session on the significance of World Youth Day that was going on in Lisbon, Portugal, and the message of Pope Francis to the youth, and continued to enlighten them with different ways one can live as a committed Catholic, focusing a little more on the call to priestly and religious life.

The Apostolic Carmel has been serving society through value-based education for more than a century and a half. In the post-sesquicentennial era, its focus is on Youth Empowerment to build a peaceful society. The day was indeed a colossal success in motivating the young people through inspiring talks, action songs, and interaction. The feedback by students accorded a grateful thanks to the organizing  team, the province commission for youth for conceiving such an idea of gathering the youngsters and executing it meticulously. The event ended on a note of rejoicing as the young danced to their hearts content, followed by a delicious meal together, which strengthened their bonding in the Apostolic Carmel family.