New Delhi: Fr Chetan Machado (Diocesan Youth Director of the Archdiocese of Delhi as well as Regional Youth Director of ICYM/YCS Northern Region) has been appointed as the YCS/YSM National Chaplain. He will take Charge in the month of September 2015. The post was vacant as the previous national chaplain Fr Charles Menezes was appointed as the International YCS Chaplain. His office will be based in Paris, France.
YCS is the official wing of CBCI Council for Youth and was recognized by CBCI in 1969. ICYM is the Parochial Youth Movement which was approved in 1999 and is another wing of CBCI Council for Youth.
Fr Chetan was born in Mai Deus parish, Shirva, Udupi Diocese and came to Delhi after completing his graduation in 1995. He completed his degree in Philosophy in 1999 from Holy Trinity College, Jalandhar, Punjab. After two years of Regency in Haryana and Delhi, he went to Vidyajyoti College for his Theological studies. Ordained a priest in 2006, he has served in Vasant Kunj parish for one year and was appointed the assistant priest at Sacred Heart cathedral in 2007. In 2010, he was appointed as the Youth Director of Delhi Archdiocese. On 9 March 2014, he was appointed as the Regional Youth Director of the Northern Region. He has held various responsibilities in the diocese. He is also a consultor of the Archdiocese. At present, he resides at the Defence Colony Parish, Delhi and has his regional as well as diocesan office at Yusuf Sadan, Delhi.
Fr Chetan is a man of God. He is known for his friendly nature. He rejuvenated the Youth Movement of Delhi and has undertaken various initiatives to revive the youth of Delhi. Today, there is a vibrant youth movement in the Archdiocese of Delhi. He is hard working and committed to his mission. Amidst his busy schedule, he renders his services in designing various souvenirs of the Diocesan schools and magazines. He also designs ICYM National Youth Magzine “Apna Yuva Spandan” and YCS National Youth Magazine “Serach”. He is a good motivator and trainer too. He is a multi talented priest with a simple life style.
Fr Charles Menezes, who had preceded Fr Chetan and has been promoted to the post of international director for IYCS-JECI (International Young Catholic Students) on 24th July, congratulated Fr Chetan along with his IYCS-JECI team on this new responsibility and wished him all the best in his future endeavours.