Happy New Year to everyone! We are dedicating this year to youth by declaring it as the Year of Youth on January 6, at the conclusion of the Eucharistic Procession at the Cathedral. After consulting the Council of Priests on devoting this year to young people, I had called a meeting of the diocesan youth committee members, office bearers of the Catholic youth associations and organizations, and a few other youth leaders. After getting their suggestions and opinions, we have formed five committees to suggest the areas in which we gear our focus in the Year of Youth. I have made the Vicar General as the coordinator of these committees. The theme for the Year of Youth is: “ಕ್ರಿಸ್ತಾಚ್ಯಾ ಮೆಟಾಂನಿ ಜಯ್ತಾಚ್ಯೆ ವಾಟೆನ್”. Kindly encourage the youth to participate in the Eucharistic Procession and the inauguration of the Year of Youth.

Youth should be called at various levels to discuss their situation and find ways and means to address their problems. Please evolve opportunities for our youth to come together and participate in the church programmes. We need to equip our young people with the courage to discuss their faith decisions with other students and people. We need to make time to attend to the pastoral challenges of our youth. Emphasize the importance of realizing that whatever one does in life should be in response to God’s call to us whether that be to married life, single life or religious. The same thing should be emphasized in the choice of careers.

I thank Rev. Henry Sequeira who had served the diocese for the last 10 years as Chancellor of the diocese. This issue of Internos has information about some of the newly constituted diocesan bodies. The new Diocesan Finance Committee will be effective from 3 January 2019. The ongoing formation of the clergy of our diocese will take place on the 17th and 18th of this month at the Pastoral Institute in the forenoon. The important theme of Financial Management will be presented and discussed at the sessions. I request all the priests to participate without fail on the day assigned for your deanery. The meeting of the Diocesan Pastoral Council is scheduled to be held on 25 January
2019 at the Bishop’s House.

I appreciate efforts of all the priests, religious and the lay faithful who had held fraternal Christmas celebrations at various levels in the light of Bandhutva.

I invoke God’s blessings on all of you. May Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church, and our patron St Joseph intercede for us.

+ Peter Paul Saldanha
Bishop of Mangalore


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