Today was the inauguration day of the year of youth in St. Sebastian Church Valavayal. They inaugurated the day by lighting the candle, the Parish Priest Fr. Mathew Madapillikunnel was present in this event. This movement is called KCYM, Kerala Catholic Youth Movement. There are 162 members in the parish, Sr.Jessy Mathew is the Animator of this movement in this parish. Year of youth in Mananthavadi Diocese will be from December 8th 2017 to December 8th 2018.
The Kerala Catholic Youth Movement (KCYM) is an organization for the Catholic youth from three rites (Roman, Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara) of Christian community of Kerala in India. The patron saint of Kerala Catholic Youth Movement is Saint Thomas More.
KCYM is the official state and regional organization under the auspices of the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council KCBC. It is affiliated to the National Youth Body the “Indian Catholic Youth Movement” (ICYM). It consists of youngsters between the age group of 15– 35 years who subscribe to Catholic values and principles, but beneficiaries include the youth of other religions. The main aim of KCYM is “The Integral Development of The Catholic Youth and The Total Liberation of Human Society in accordance with the Christian values”. It is to coordinate and empower the human potentials of youth based on the Gospel values, to make them effective agents of change in the socio-religious-political-economic and cultural reality of India, especially of Kerala through National integration. It also aims at making the youth committed to the serving mission of the Church to the least, last and the lost.
KCYM is a federation of 31 diocesan youth movements of Kerala. Each affiliated diocesan movement has equal rights in the federation. Youth between the age of 15 – 35 are eligible for membership. Each diocese has its own structure in the Parish, Forane and Diocesan level.Today, KCYM has a membership strength of 104,685 young people making it one of the influential organizations in the region.