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The first National Election Camp

The first National Election Camp of SMYM was convened at Mount St.Thomas from 25-27 of March 2017. The camp was inaugurated by Mar Joseph Pandarasseril and was presided over by Mr.Sijo Ambatt. Mar Ephrem Nariculam the youth commission member made the keynote address.  Major Archbishop Mar George Cardinal Alencherry addressed the representatives and inspired them with the words that, Christ and church love youth so much and Pope Francis keeps the youth in his heart.
On the second day the preparatory document of the Bishops synod in 2018 “Youth, Faith and vocational discernment” was exposed and elaborated by Fr Sebastian Kaippanplackal. It was followed by the discussion of the questions given in the document and the  relevant issues on youth in five groups. All the suggestions were presented to the congregation by the secretaries of the groups. The afternoon witnessed a wonderful dynamics for five consecutive hours on group building by Prof. Benny Kurian.
On the third day the election to the National team was conducted in the presence of the Chairman Bishop. The following are the national team members: Mr.Arun Davis from Irinjalakuda diocese was elected the national president, Mr.Bivin Varghese from Faridabad diocese-deputy president, Miss Anjana Treesa Joseph from Thamarasserry diocese -vice president,  Mr.Vipin Paul  from Mandya diocese- general secretary, Mr.Vinod Richardson from Ramanathapuram diocese - secretary, Mr.Josemon K Francis from Thrissur Archdiocese - treasurer, Telma Joby from Palai diocese - counselor and Mr.Abhilash Augustin from Bhadravathy diocese - counselor.  Mr. Sijo Ambattu handed over the responsibilities of SMYM to Mr. Arun and team by giving the SMYM byelaw. Fr.Sebastian Kaippanplackal, the commission secretary, was the presiding officer for the election. Mar Joseph Pandarasseril expressed the words of gratitude to the retiring team while Sijo Ambattu felicitated the new team and thanked all. The camp ended up with new enthusiasm and higher aspirations.