The Solemn Promise and Membership Day Celebration of Don Bosco Youth Centre, Vaduthala, the cradle of Salesianity in Kerala, was held on the 15th of August, the 63rd 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. Devassy Chirackel, the Rector, and participated by most of the YC members. In the Membership Rally that followed, nearly 600 members of the youth centre arrayed in union and walked solemnly towards the youth centre building. In an admirably Salesian way, all the Salesian Fathers and Brothers play the role of animators of the various subgroups of the Youth Centre: Fr. Devassy Chirackel (Seniors), Fr. Sebastian Ottaplackal (Super Seniors), Fr. Joffie Puthuva (Sub-Junior Girls), Fr. Babu Manisserry (Youths), Fr. P. V. Varghese (Elders), Br. Philp Vakkapparambil (Yougsters), Fr. Shibu Parappilly (Juniors), Br. Josh Kanjooparambil (Inters) and Br. Sumon Uzhunnalil (Sub Juniors).
During the public meeting, Mr. C V Varghese (General Secretary 2008-09) welcomed the gathering after which the dignitaries on the dais lighted the lamp. Rev. Fr. Joffie Puthuva, the new director of DBYC, in his words of introduction, explained to the members the Slogan for the year: “Don Bosco: to grow and to Bloom.” The presidential address by Fr. Devassy Chirackel, the Rector, was followed by the Key Note Address by Rev. Fr. (Dr.) Stephan Alathara, Secretary to the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Conference, and the chief guest of the day. He invited the members to be true patriots and wished that the DBYC may be able to form many true patriots, loyal to God, to the Nation and to the Youth Centre. Then all the members, according to their groups, promised to be faithful to God, to the Nation and to the Youth Centre. The Joint General Secretary, Mr. CJ Antony proposed the vote of thanks. After the public function there was the first meeting of all the groups and the elections. All the members dispersed after the photo session.
The First meeting of Central Committee of the Youth Centre (The General Body of all the leaders from the 9 groups and their animators) was held at the Don Bosco Residence at 03:30 PM. During the general elections that followed, the leaders of DBYC, for the year 2009-10, were elected.
General Secretary – Mr. Johnson Fernandez
Joint General Secretary – Mr. C J Antony
Arts-Wing Leader – Mr. Milton Livero
Sports- Wing Leader – Mr. Asnarkutty
Cultural Wing Leader – Mr. Fuljan
Finance Wing Leader – Mr. Sudheerlal
Spiritual Wing Leader – Mr. Don Bosco P L
Social Service Wing Leader – Mr. Antony S J
We hope and pray that in this 150th Anniversary of the Founding of Salesian Congregation, the DBYC, with its Motto, Valranam Valarthanam Don Bosco, may bring many young people closer to God and to the nation.