Christian Education is being carried out among the children
and teen-agers by organising Sunday Schools, Vacation Bible
Schools, Scripture Examinations, Instrumental & Vocal
music through the Christian Education Committee of the Diocese.
The work is presently being organised by Rev. Gilbert Devaprasad,
Diocesan Coordinator; Rev. Robinson Barnabas, Rev. George
Vinod Kumar, Area Coordinators in S.K. & Coorg and Hassan
Areas respectively and Rev. John Benedict is the Coordinator
for the Peter Cater Scripture Examination conducted by the
VBS Teacher's training programme
This Department is also responsible to train and involve
the Laity in the Church, Christian Education and Mission work
in the Diocese.
Since the formation of the Karnataka Southern Diocese, the
Youth Work is being carried out as a wing under the Diocesan
Christian Education Committee.
Diocesan Youth Assembly(General Body of the Diocesan Youth
Fellowship) was constituted in October 1999 for the first
time. For establishment of Youth Fellowship at the local church
level and the diocesan level in a democratic way, a constitution
was adopted. As per the new constitution, arrangements are
being made to establish youth fellowships in all the Churches.
There are 138 Churches under the Karnataka Southern Diocese
established in Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu, Mysore, Mandya,
Chamarajanagar, Hassan and Chikmaglur districts in Karnataka
State; Kasaragod Dist. in Kerala and Talavady Firkha of Periyar
Dist. in Tamilnadu.
Following are the regular programmes being carried out by
the Diocesan Youth Department:
1) Youth Leadership Training Camps in
various Centres of the Diocese
2) Retreats for the Youth
3) Retreats for Confirmation Candidates in various Centres
4) "Aikyatha" - A Youth Team consisting of young
doctors, social workers, professional workers, etc. under
the leadership of the Diocesan Youth Director is organising
camps for propagating the Gospel, health education and creating
awareness about Aids, Cancer, TB, venereal diseases, drug
addiction, etc. Regular programmes are being arranged in cities
and rural areas for the church members and general public.
The local church youths are actively participating in organising
5) Career & Vocational Guidance Programmes for the Youth
in association with the Vocational Guidance Dept.
6) Bible Quiz and Singing Competitions
The involvement of the Diocesan Youth in the Yesu Christha
Jayanthi (Christmas)-2000 Inaugural Function was remarkable.
A Diocesan Level Inaugural Function was held at Nehru Maidan,
Mangalore, on 1st January 2000 at 5.00p.m, preceded by a Grand
Procession from 4 directions consisting of Tableaus, Floats,
Band, Music, etc. About one lakh people gathered for this
function jointly organised by the Catholic & CSI Churches.
About 2000 youth volunteered for this procession and the Inaugural
Function. The programme consisting of a dance-drama highlighting
the birth & life of Jesus Christ, dollu-dance, and release
of balloons by the youth as a token of peace and inauguration
of Christmas -2000, all by the youth & children, was heart-touching.
The Diocesan Youth were also actively involved in the Karnataka
State Level Inaugural Function held at Mysore on 28th December
1999, the Udupi District level programme on 5th February 2000
held at Udupi, etc.
During 2000, October, the Diocesan level Millennium Youth
Conference was held at Christa Sevakee Ashram for three days
from 21st to 23rd October 2000. About 100 youth delegates
from various churches participated in the programme. The Diocesan
y5outh have also volunteered for the Diocesan Millennium Children's
Festival held at Pangala-Gudde in Udupi Dist. on 1st November
2000 wherein about 2500 people attended and 800 children presented
their performance. The youth of Mangalore Area Churches volunteered
at the Shanthi Church Utsav held on 17th & 18th February
2001. 100 Diocesan youth delegates attended the CSI Millennium
Youth Festival held at Kasam, Vellore in November 2000. The
youth of Mangalore Churches presented songs and choreography
during the Christmas Carol-2000 held in December at Mangalore.
The youth of Mangalore Churches had a two-day work camp for
the improvement of the Anandapura Boarding Home. Inter-Church
Youth Retreats were held in 2000 at Panambur, Mandya, Mangalore,
etc. The Diocesan Youth Department, as usual, organised Retreats
for Confirmation candidates. Ms. Anzita Brimble Maben and
Mr. Arthur Sujith, Diocesan Youth, had international exposure
representing the CSI during Youth meet, at U.K., Phillipines,
A 3 day Diocesan level Guidance & Leadership Conference
for Youth was held at Christa Sevakee Ashram, Parpale, Karkala
from 19th to 21st October 2001 followed by the Biennial Diocesan
Youth Assembly Meet. 120 delegates from various Churches attended
the Conference & Assembly Meet. The Theme of the Conference
was "Living the Lord's Prayer". A One day Youth
Conference for Mysore Area was held in May2001at Chamarajanagar;
One day's Youth Guidance Conference for Udupi Area was held
at Korangrapady in May 2001; a one day Youth Conference for
Kodagu Area was held at Kushalnagar in September 2001. November
being the season for Confirmation, Retreats were arranged
for Confirmation candidates in various Centres of the Diocese.
Twenty-five youths also had the privilege to attend the Karnataka
Regional Youth Conference and art Festival from the 22nd -24th
of February, based on the theme "Lord make us the channels
of peace" at the SCM programme center, Bangalore. Later
nine of our youths attended the CSI Synod Youth Art festival
in Kottayam in the month of February. The team participated
in a cultural programme and also won some prizes in the music
Diocesan youth work is being carried under the leadership
of a full-time youth director assisted by 7 Area Secretaries
elected by the Diocesan Youth Assembly and with the guidance
of the Bishop and other officers of the Diocese. Diocesan
Youth are being encouraged to participate in Diocesan, Regional
and Synod level Youth meetings, programmes, etc. At the local
level, youths are actively involved in the SCM, the YMCA,
the church level sports meet, etc.
Mobile Unit of the Youth Department for Social Education &
In the multi-religious and multi-cultural milieu of India,
the preaching of the Gospel and the missionary work has taken
a new meaning. The diocese has a "MOBILE UNIT" to
implement various social education and ecumenical programmes.
It is a team of young people who have joined together with
a common goal of taking SOCIAL EDUCATION and Ecumenism to
the less privileged and deprived segments of the society.
It consists of young persons from all walks of life, irrespective
of caste, creed and color but united in the motto of extending
the realm of God.
AIKYATHACHAKRA (Aikyatha which largely means "OIKUMENE"
and Chakra means " WHEEL" in Kannada) is a mobile
unit with all the infra-structural facilities required for
their out door training programmes, projection of films, platform
for art & cultural programmes.
The different programmes conducted by this unit were:
1. A programme for about 100-150 people
of a village called Gudde near Mulki which was presented by
the UNITY YOUNGSTERS with a beautiful programme full of Christian
messages depicting principles of Christ. Another highlight
of this programme was the participation of the youth visitors
from Villingen Church in Germany, a partner of CSI-KSD. Dr.
E.V.S Maben gave a slide show presentation on Malaria and
how it could be avoided.
2. A programme was presented by the Udupi youth under the
guidance of Mrs Sarala Soans to the villagers of Manipura
near Udupi. This programme brought out the message of Christ's
love, peace forgiveness and judgement A young skin specialist,
Dr. Sudharshan gave a discourse on common skin diseases and
3. The third major programme of this team was to celebrate
Christmas amongst the inmates of different age groups of the
District Prison in Mangalore. In this programme the members
of the CSI Shanthi Youth Fellowship played an active role
singing Christmas Carols and with Santa Claus distributing
sweets to the inmates. Rev. Dr. Honey Cabral gave an apt message
on the occasion. Carrom boards and Ludo Sets were also gifted
to the inmates on this occasion.
Members of the Youth Council
Mr. Reginold Soans is the Director of the Youth Department
and the following are the Area Youth Secretaries elected for
the Biennium 2001-2003:
(1) Udupi Area : Mr. Vivan
Soans, "Savi", 1st Cross,
Kolambe, UDUPI - 576 101
Phone: (08252) 527963
(2) D.K. Area : Mr. Manohar
Amanna, "Harsha Villa",
Site No.176, 7th Block, Krishnapura,
Via Surathkal - 574 158, D.K.
Phone: (0824) 279010
(3) Kodagu Area : Miss Shyla
Solomon, D/o B. Solomon,
Engligere Post, SIDDAPUR - 571 253
Phone: ( )52799
(4) Mysore Area : Mr. Johnson
Manoj Kumar, 103, Dewan's Road
Phone: (0821) 363143(PP)
(5) Chamarajanagar Area :
Mr. Putta Sundar, S/o Doreraju, Basappana Palya,
Chandakavadi Post, Via Chamarajanagar-571 313
Phone: (0821) 733626(PP)
(6) Hassan Area : Mr. Naveen
Jonathan S., No.1246, 1st Cross,
Rakshnapura, Hassan - 573 201
Phone: (08172) 61879/50356/52623
(7) Chikmagalur Area : Mr.
K. Stephen Shashikanth, D.No.1186,
Shankarapura 1st Cross, Chikmagalur-577 101
Phone: (08262) 33442
In some of the congregations from the
early days of their establishment, there existed women's fellowship
groups in the style of mother's union, etc. Later after the
union of Churches of various backgrounds and under the umbrella
of the Church of South India, women's fellowships were established
in an informal way. From the date of establishment of churches,
women were joining together for fellowship in their respective
churches and social work in the surroundings. But later when
the Karnataka Southern Diocese was established in 1970, the
Diocesan Women's Fellowship was established. By organising
leadership programmes, retreats for women, we could establish
Women's Fellowships in more Churches. At present, there are
about 45 W.F. branches in the Churches. The members meet together
weekly to have prayer, bible study, etc. They plan to conduct
social services like visiting the sick, destitute women and
women in distress, remand homes, hospitals, etc.
Regional conference 2002: Sahodaya,Mangalore.
The following are the Office-bearers of Diocesan and Area
Women's Fellowship elected for the Biennium 2000-2002:
In addition to these, the Diocesan Women's fellowship is
managing, 5 Pre-Schools, 7 Literacy Centres in various places
and Tailoring Centres at Madikeri and Hassan. The Home for
the Aged at Hadya is also functioning well.
Hitherto, there was no office of its own for the Diocesan
Women's Fellowship. We are thankful to the Diocesan Officers
for providing us a building at Balmatta. The same was renovated
and inaugurated as Women's Centre on 15th March 2001. The
Centre consists of Office of the Diocesan W.F., Reading Room,
Guest Room and Counselling Centre. The Diocese has also set
apart the Mission Bungalow at Mysore, formerly occupied by
the Missionaries, for converting into a Women's Centre. This
Centre will also function as Women's Meeting Centre, Guest
House, Hostel for Girls, etc.
During 2000, a One day training programme was organised for
the Pre-School teachers at the Diocesan Office Meeting Room.
The Diocesan Women's Fellowship joined the Shanthi Cathedral,
Balmatta in organising a 2 day Shanthi Utsav in February 2001.
The Programme was a grand success with games, sale, fun, cultural
programmes, etc. A portion of the amount received from the
Utsav is earmarked for the work of Pre-Schools managed by
Ms. Anupama Krupa attended the Leaders' Training at Vishranthi
Nilayam, Bangalore, in May 2001 followed by a 5 day Leadership
Training for Women held at Melukavumattom, Kerala, attended
by 7 representatives from the Diocesan W.F. The theme of the
Leadership Training was "Women of Vision". In persuasion
of the guidance the Leaders had at Bangalore and Melukavumattam,
Leadership Training programmes were held for Mysore-Hassan
Area W.F. representatives at Mysore and S.K.-Coorg Area W.F.
representatives at Karkala.
As usual the first Friday in March was observed as World
Day of Prayer for Women. A joint programme was organised at
CSI Kanthi Church, Jeppu by Women's Fellowships of Mangalore
Area; and a joint programme was organised at CSI Christa Jyothi
Church, Korangrapady by the Women's Fellowships of Udupi &
Mulki Area Churches. In Mysore and Hassan Areas each W.F.
branch observed the World Day of Prayer individually.
A Conference for Pastors' Wives arranged at the Christa Sevakee
Ashram, Parpale, Karkala on 21 & 22nd August 2001 was
attended by 35 Pastors' Wives/Women Pastors and Diocesan/W.F.
The Second Sunday in September is being observed as Women's
Sunday in all the Churches under the Karnataka Southern Diocese.
In most of the Churches, the whole service is conducted by
W.F. Members. The Diocese is setting apart the Women's Sunday
Offerings for the work among women in the Diocese.
There are 5 Pre-Schools managed by the CSI-WF grants in the
1) Hosahundi in Mysore Dist.
2) Heggadadevana Kote in Mysore Dist.
3) Karnad, Mulki in Dakshina Kannada Dist.,
4) Jeppu, Mangalore
5) Krishnapura, Via Surathkal in D. K. Dist.
There are about 130 children studying in these Pre-Schools.
The following are the Diocesan W. F. Projects for which Priority
Grant was used for the last few years:
1) Home for the Aged Women, Hadya, Mysore
2) Friends Handicraft Centre, Madikeri, Kodagu Dist.
3) CSI Tailoring Centre, Hassan
4) Miriam Music School, Jeppu, Mangalore.
5) Awareness Programme
6) Leadership Training.
Leadership Training was arranged in Two Centres, i.e. in
Mysore and Mangalore for the Mysore-Hassan Area and S.K.-Coorg
Area. About 65 delegates attended this training and came out
successfully. They will work in Area level under the leadership
of Area & Diocesan W.F. Office-bearers
The Diocesan women's fellowship representatives attended
the Xth Quadrennial conference of the CSI WF which was hosted
by the CSI Madras Diocese in May 2002
Urban Industrial & Rural Mission
This is another wing of ministry for the spiritual
nurture of Christians who are living in Urban Industrial Areas
and Rural Areas. As many people under this ministry are either
casual labourers and the poorest of the poor, this area of
ministry will cater to the spiritual and social nurture of
these people, by arranging divine worship facility and self-employment