Guntur, India. The Claretian Missionaries of the Province of Bangalore organized a two-day Regional Youth Fest for Telangana & Andhra Pradesh on October 3 to 4, 2022 at Christ the Redeemer Church, Bhattiprolu. The theme for the event was “Mary rose and went with haste” (Lk.1:39). Fr. Jaipaul Thumma, CMF, Prefect of Youth and Vocation Ministry, and Fr. Tappeta Martin, CMF, Regional Youth Coordinator, were the chief organizers along with other Claretians. A total of 327 youth from the nine regional Claretian parishes participated in the event.
The inaugural session commenced with a prayer service – prayer dance, Bible reading and lighting of the lamp. Eucharistic Adoration, celebration of Holy Mass and Rosary devotion nourished the youth spiritually each day. Among the guiding session, Fr. Thumma Jaipaul, CMF, gave the keynote address. Mr. Sagar Gabbeta, Advisor of CCBI Youth Commission, gave talks on ICYM-Parish Youth Leadership and Challenges Faced by Christian Youth. Sr. Sudha, SOM dealt on use and influence of Social Media and Belief System and Happiness. The other interactive sessions included group dynamics, cultural program presented by the youths themselves, Bible Quiz, etc.