“I encourage you always to be living stones in the Church, to build up the Church, by being united to Jesus. Catholic Action without Jesus is pointless…” 

Pope Francis


Chavara Youth of St. Mary’s Church Kothanur, Bangalore (Diocese of Mandya) under the aegis of the Syro Malabar Youth Movement(SMYM) is a group of vibrant youth members, from the resident families of the parish and migrant youth. The movement focuses on sculpting youth for evangelistic mission and holistic development of youth in tandem with the religious and social causes of the Church. For this mission it makes use of fellowship groups, media and technology. A variety of faith formation modules help the members to realize their innate talents, rediscover and live their faith and also to be effective missionaries.


“The Church has confidence in the young”

-Pope Benedict XVI



Chavara youth was formed to provide precious opportunity to rediscover and strengthen the friendship with Christ. The youth of the Eucharistic Community comprised mainly of students who studied in Kristu Jayanti College and in the Nursing colleges around K. Narayanapura.

Fr. Jinto CMI started organizing the youth in 2010.The activities of the youth centered on assisting the fruitful conduct of programs organized by the Eucharistic Community. They attended Jesus Youth camps and visited old age homes.

The clarion call by Fr. Nejo and Brother Don Davis to the youth to form a Chavara youth group in Kristu Jayanti was acknowledged with great zeal.

  • Urha-Le-Baitha a one day seminar was organized from 2013 to reinforce the faith formation of the youth.
  • Orientation classes , counseling sessions, Adoration, retreats were conducted to enliven and keep the faith intact.

To celebrate the sainthood of St. Chavara the youth organized a number of competitio


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Fr. Emmanuel Poovathinal
SMYM Director
Fr. Deepu Parayil
Assistant Director
Bro. Jibin Kozhikkottu
Bro. Bibin Panthalanickal
Lincy Catherine Sanny
Siril Byju
Alina Jomy
General Secretary
Thobees Thomas
Grace George
Nitish Durairaj
Aridham Joseph
Joint Secretary (Cultural Wing)
Theres Emmanuel
Joint Secretary (Cultural Wing)
Jyolsna Mathew
Joint Secretary (Prayer Wing)
Ann Mary Joy
Joint Secretary (Prayer Wing)
Dannie Reddy
Joint Secretary (Media Wing)
Edwin Roy
Joint Secretary (Media Wing)
Alan Jose
Joint Secretary (Public Relation Wing)
Thomas Abraham
Joint Secretary (Public Relation Wing)
Jeny Joseph
Jestin P A
Clair Joseph
Forane Representative
Sneha Davis
Forane Representative


Chavara Youth Blog

A few fun games were planned for the youth on 27/03/2022 for a time of fun, enjoyment and togetherness.
Kappa Biriyani Sale was prepared and sold on 27/02/2022 by the youth. It was a Fund Raiser.
General body youth meeting was held online through zoom on 12th august, 2021. The meeting was presided Fr. Emmanuel Poovathinal 
Chavara youth members got together on Zoom to bid adieu to our beloved seniors who had completed their memorable chapter
CARLO FEST 2021 Carlo Fest is a virtual global fest involving all the Syro Malabar SMYM/KCYM units in parishes across