The Annual Membership Day of Don Bosco Youth Centre, Vaduthala, the cradle of Salesianity in Kerala, was celebrated August 15, the 64th Independence Day of India and the Solemnity of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary. The ceremonies of the day started with the Solemn High Mass presided over by Rev. Fr. Anchukandam Thomas, (INK Provincial) and concelebrated by Rev. Fr. Joseph Pulikkal (Salesian Provincial of East Africa), Rev. Fr. Devassy Chirakel (Rector), and other priests of the community and participated by most of the Youth Centre members. In the Membership Rally that followed, nearly 400 members of the youth centre, wearing the Youth Centre scarf, moved solemnly towards the Youth Centre Auditorium. In an admirably Salesian way, all the Salesian Fathers and Brothers play the role of animators of the various groups of the Youth Centre: Fr. Devassy Chirakel (seniors), Fr. Sebastian Ottaplackal (Super Seniors), Fr. Joffie Puthuva (Elders), Fr. Babu Manisserry (Youngsters), Fr. Shibu Parappilly (Inters), Fr. Mariyavilla Binu (Juniors), Fr. Cherapaneth Davis (Youths), and Br. Chethimattathil Joby (Sub Juniors and Sub-Junior Girls). During the public meeting, we paid homage to Rev. Fr. Francis Guezou, the founder Director of Don Bosco Youth Centre, Vaduthala. Mr. Johnson Fernandez (Outgoing General Secretary) welcomed the gathering. Rev. Fr. Joffie Puthuva (director of DBYC), in his words of introduction, explained to the members the slogan for the year: “Don Bosco: To Plant the Seed of Love and Make it Grow” The presidential address by Fr. Devassy Chirakel was followed by the Keynote Address by Rev.Fr. Anchukandam Thomas. He invited the members to be true sons of Don Bosco and told them that the relic of Don Bosco will be coming to Vaduthala for us to pray to Don Bosco and to get his blessings. The dignitaries then lighted the lamp. Then all the members, according to their groups, took the oath and promised to be faithful to God, to the Nation and to the Youth Centre. The Joint General Secretary, Mr. C.J. Antony proposed the vote of thanks.

After the public function there was the first meeting of all the groups for the election of the group leaders. All the members dispersed after the photo session.

The First Meeting of the Central Committee of the Youth Centre (The General Body of all the leaders of the 9 groups and their animators) was held at the Don Bosco Residence at 4.45 PM. During the elections that followed, the leaders of DBYC, for the year 2010-11, were elected.

General Secretary : Mr. Joseph C.J
Joint General Secretary : Mr. Fulgen
Spiritual Wing Leader : Mr. Don Bosco P L
Sports Wing Leader : Mr. Asnarkutty
Cultural Wing Leader : Mr. Shaiju Job
Finance Wing Leader : Mr. Antony C.J
Arts Wing Leader : Mr.Shinod Mathew
Social Service Wing Leader : Mr. Stanly Abraham

We hope and pray that, the DBYC with its Motto, ‘Sneham Nattuvalartthan Don Bosco’, may bring many young people closer to God and to the nation.

Bro. Joby C SDB

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