Welcome. My name is Innocent ODONGO, a Ugandan by Nationality. I encountered the YCS Movement in my second year in the minor Seminary in year 2004; I got enrolled in the year 2007 in Gulu Catholic Archdiocese. I have held numerous leadership positions in the movement; Organizing secretary at section level (St. Joseph’s College Layibi Gulu 2007-2008), Treasurer at federation level (St. Mary’s federation Gulu Archdiocese2007-2008), YCS trainer at St. Joseph’s Seminary Aboke Lira Diocese 2009, Publicity secretary 2010-2011 and Organizing secretary 2011-2012 at National Section (Makerere University), Interim National treasurer Uganda YCS National Team 2011-2014 and Acting National Coordinator Uganda YCS 2013-2015. On 10th October the National Movement presented me as candidate for the post of Coordinator of IYCS Africa, and I was elected.
My leadership background in YCS and school experience has groomed him into a very trustworthy young man. I am self-driven and always willing to learn and share my personal skills with others. I easily get on well with my peers. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Makerere University Kampala, Uganda.
The journey in the movement has influenced my life tremendously, presenting me with numerous challenging opportunities to take decision on behalf of the other members. It has really been a long way long journey but I’m really grateful am what I am today because of the movement and one thing I learnt and from time to time share with my fellow youths is never to be afraid to make mistakes because each time we make a mistake we learn something new. The YCS as a school of life, formation, learning, encounter presented to me the fundamentals of Christian living, a sense of objective and critical reasoning, as well an attitude of better time lies ahead and ‘winners never quit’
Agathe Mossane SAGNE is my name and I am a Senegalese by nationality, I come from a strong Catholic family with 7 siblings. My journey with the young catholic students (YCS) started with my admission in high school in 2000.Thus, having been responsible for my section (2003), then federal secretary in charge of training and cadets (2004), I joined YCS National Team of Senegal in 2007. From being Secretary in charge of Information, communication and documentation, I ended up being responsible for projects and programs after being in charge training at national Level.However, my first years in the national team were accompanied by active involvementwith YCS at the university level.
After so many years of active participation, the YCS School of life has taught me a lot, it gave me everything. All these years of commitments has allowed me to shape my personality; to learn how to accept others in their difference; to give my best for concrete action with YCS; to improve my teamworkskill and to be rigorous.
I thank the Lord our God who has allowed me to discover and develop myself in this exemplary movement that focuses on accountability in action.
Today my determination to serve this movement is flawless. At the Pan-African level where I am currently serving, will give me ground where I can help in addressing the challenges facing all young people in Africa.
My dream is to see all the young pupils and students, without difference of race and religion, working together for a more just and humane world.
If I may quote one African proverb which says: If you want to go fast walk alone, but if you want to go far, walk with others!
Therefore working with others is our credo since we are intended to go far in this journey!!
Rev. Fr. Ferdinand Lugonzo Makaka from the Diocese of Kakamega, born 21stJune 1969, ordained priest on 26th September 1998. Went to Imalaba Primary School (1975-1982), St. Peter’s Minor Seminary Mukumu (1983), Shikokho Secondary School (1987-1989), St. Mary’s Major Seminary Molo (1990), St. Augustine’s Major Seminary Mabanga
(Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy 1991-1992), St. Mathias Mulumba Major Seminary (Bachelor’s Degree in Theology 1993-1997) and Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome (Licentiate in Canon Law, Diploma in Canonical Jurisprudence on Marriage and Family, Doctorate Degree in Canon Law 2001-2006)
- Teacher and Vice Rector – St. Peter’s Minor Seminary, Kakamega (1997-2000),
- Assistant Priest – St. Peter’s Parish Mumias (2001),
- Study leave – Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome (2001-2006),
- Chaplain to Our Lady Seat of Wisdom University Chaplaincy in Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kakamega (2006-2009),
- Assistant Parish Priest St. Joseph’s Cathedral ParishKakamega(Episcopal Vicar for the Religious,
- Member of the College of Consultors Diocese of Kakamega,
- Diocesan Secretary of Lands – Diocese of Kakamega and Chairman Board of Governors – St. Mary’s Hospital 2006-2010);
- Director, Canon Law National Office, Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops-Catholic Secretariat (February – July 2011);
- Appointed Secretary General AMECEA and Memberof the Catholic University of Eastern Africa Council as well as IYCS Africa Chaplain August 2011.