MAGIS South Asia 2019, 11 to 14 Jan 2019
St. Joseph’s College, Bengaluru
Read here the feedback from some of our Holy Family Parish youth (from Mumbai) who attended the MAGIS Youth event in Bangaluru:
MAGIS SA 2019 helped me explore new things, express subdued talents and understand more about our Constitution. The MAGIS Anubhav was a great learning experience for me, as I faced rejection and ignorance from pedestrians that I tried to interview. Making new friends from different states and provinces was the highlight of my pilgrimage.
One of the statements by Prakash Rai that stuck with me as I left Bengaluru and continue with me is “Stand for what is right, oppose when something is silenced.”
- Shaun Gama, Chakala Zone
Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Jodi Tor Dak Shune Keu Na Ase, Tobe Ekla Chalo Re’ translated as ‘If No One Responds To Your Call, Then Go Your Own Way Alone’ - a Bengali patriotic song played by Fr. Cedric Prakash SJ during his session sounded a lot like what Jesus himself often did. I have faced similar situations so often yet I haven’t been able to muster courage – something that MAGIS SA 2019 caused me to ponder on.
MAGIS struck a balance between spiritual and secular aspects while encouraging us to realize how we have the power to let something be or change it. I am forced to recall the fight of our leaders who dreamt of a happy, peaceful, united and better India, and we as MAGIS people are empowered to protect our constitution and live by it.
- Sandra Pereira, Dewoolwadi Zone
The importance of our Constitution and its role in our lives as an Indian Citizen was a valuable discovery for me during MAGIS SA 2019, especially with the activities like face painting, signature campaign and sale of the Constitution Book to passersby. The session by Dr. Benny Prasad along with the differently celebrated Eucharist, Adoration, Praise & Worship and Confessions brought me closer to God. Sessions by IPS officer K Annamalai and activist Umar Khalid truly inspired me.
With the theme of ‘Celebrate Democracy, Uphold Constitution’, I had an amazing and memorable experience that I will continue to exercise in my life.
- Priscilla Parmar, Church Zone
My MAGIS experience started way before reaching Bengaluru – singing and dancing through the train journey with fellow Mumbaikar pilgrims. The City of Gardens welcomed us with a cool climate and an environment that challenged us to be more. Group games & activities helped me bond with pilgrims from all parts of India, many of whom I continue to interact with.
The cultural events showcased by talented youth highlighted our country’s rich heritage while we Mumbai pilgrims also musically dramatized a Mumbaikar life. I have come back empowered and more learned about the Constitution of our great nation, as I continue to spread awareness about the same.
- Fraser Rodrigues, Tarun Bharat Zone
MAGIS SA 2019 was my first MAGIS event and the first youth event I’ve attended outside Mumbai. While testimonies by Dr. Benny Prasad and Umar Khalid touched and inspired me, the confessions lightened my heart. All the arrangements were so well planned and executed by the organizers and animators who sacrificed to zealously ensure we youth had a MAGIS experience like no other.
It was an amazing learning experience as I have come back with so many memories shared with different people from different provinces. A big thank you to Holy Family parish for giving me this opportunity, I am truly blessed!
- Delicia D’Souza, Charat Singh 2 Zone