All of the parishes of the Western Deanery were represented at the event, including youth from Saint Rupert Parish (Lake Kopiago), the most remote parish of the diocese. The Kopiago contingent walked for over 10 hours to a point where they were met by Father Celestine, CST, parish priest of Saint George Parish, Koroba who drove them the rest of the way.
The convocation consisted of praise and worship, praying of the Holy Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration, Divine Mercy Devotion, and sessions every day of faith formation, catechesis and evangelization.
Throughout the week, the young people were joined at different times by Fr Nelson Matthew, Diocesen Youth Coordinator and the parish priests of the Western Deanery - who celebrated the Holy Mass for the youth. Father Celestine Chacko, CST, parish priest of Saint George Parish together with Father Joice Packel, CST (parish priest of Hedmari Pastoral Area) and Fr Thomas Nedunkanal, CST (parish priest of St Joseph Parish, Margarima) were with the group during the entire convocation. Many parents and church leaders were present also to help with all of the details of organization and hospitality. Bishop Donald came to celebrate the closing Mass of the convocation.
The group was evenly divided between young men and young women. Father Celestine (and others) made a point to invite those whom some might consider 'troubled youth' - many of whom gave testimony of how the power of God and friendship with the Lord Jesus had given them new hope to really transform their lives. That's a lesson we all can learn!