Karnataka Regional Youth Commission (KRYC) is under the leadership of Karnataka Regional Catholic Bishop's Council (KRCBC). Most Rev. Dr. Peter Machado, Archbishop of Bangalore is the President of KRCBC and also the president of KRYC.
It is one of the 22 Regional Commissions of the KRCBC. Most Rev. Dr. Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary Diocese is the Chairman of the Karnataka Regional Youth Commission and Most Rev. Mar Joseph Arumachadath Bishop of Bhadravathi is the joint-chairman.
At present Fr. Lourd Raj is the Secretary for KRCBC Youth Commission. He takes care ICYM, YCS/YSM, and MIJARC as Regional director and Chaplin as well. Sr. Magdalene Pakianathan VC serves as the Regional Youth Lady Animator.
The Karnataka Regional Youth Commission office is placed in Karnataka Regional Pastoral Centre, Bangalore.
The church in India as a whole is divided into 13 regions and the Karnataka state is one such region.
The Karnataka state has 14 Dioceses which is known as “Karnataka Region”. It comprised of 10 Latin rite dioceses, 3 Syro-Malabar rite dioceses and 1 Sylo- Malankara rite diocese.
The dioceses in the Region are:
The Karnataka Region Catholic Bishop’s Council (KRCBC) The church in India is administered by the Catholic Bishop’s Council of India (CBCI). Under the CBCI for the Karnataka region there is a regional council called as The Karnataka Region Catholic Bishop’s Council (KRCBC) which is the apex body of the church in Karnataka. There are 14 dioceses in the region. The KRCBC is the council of Bishops, Where the regional policy matters are discussed. The KRCBC has 22 commissions and each Commission is headed by a Bishop as chairman. Under the chairmanship of a Bishop the commission has a secretary who is the chief functionary of the commission, along with one or two joint secretaries. During the KRCBC meeting the secretary presents the report and a plan for the future, which will be discussed in the KRCBC and the approval of the Bishops, is obtained. Once the approval is obtained, the secretary guides the Diocese commission secretaries in the implementation of the plans.
There is always a to and fro communication within and among commissions. The commissions separately, as well as under the KRCBC meet at least twice a year. The Karnataka church has a very good network down the line from the Archbishop to the last person in the ward. There is line of communication. Through this network of communication dissemination of information and eliciting the response of all the Stakeholders can be easily done.
In January 1985, the Karnataka Regional Youth Commission (KRYC) came into existence and was officially approved by the Karnataka Regional Catholic Bishops’ Council (KRCBC).
Ever since its existence, under the leadership of several chairman Bishops and Regional secretaries the works of KRYC among the high school students are carried out under the banner of Young Christian Students/Young Students Movement (YCS/YSM) both in the schools and parishes. In parishes of the Catholic Church in Karnataka, Indian Catholic Youth Movement (ICYM) is the movement of young people between 15-30 years. In 2004, it got affiliated to another International Movement for Catholic Agricultural and Rural Youth known as (MIJARC). Under this movement, efforts are made to train the rural youth in sustainable agricultural practices like animal husbandry, organic farming, introduction of modern technology into farming food security etc., apart from this, other youth movements like AICUF, DON BOSCO HOSANNA YOUTH and JESUS YOUTH etc., work under the umbrella of KRYC. It aims to inspire individual and collective transformation to create positive social change. It coordinates its work in the 14 dioceses, focused on disadvantaged Students, youth and the environment.
The Karnataka Regional Youth Commission (KRYC) is formed keeping in mind the integral Development of a person. The church is concerned about the physical, psychological and Spiritual needs of every individual person. Therefore, social, economic, administrative, cultural, technological and environmental needs of every individual person are focused while forming the pastoral plan. The commission looks at the person from its own Perspective but contributing to the one whole. The commission is working at a common vision for the region and building every person in totality. Thus every person in Karnataka, without prejudice to caste, creed and colour would benefit. All round development of all is the ultimate objective of the commission.