Media Release

Mangaluru, Aug 14 : All India Catholic Union (AICU), Founded in Chennai in 1919, is a Pan-India organization representing 20 million Catholics spread all over India, is now all set to celebrate its Centenary with a three-day program in New Delhi, starting from August 23, 2019 and to conclude on August 25, 2019.

Mr Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Hon'ble Minister for Minority Affairs, will be the Chief Guest at the concluding Ceremony. The Chief Ministers of New Delhi, Meghalaya and Andhra Pradesh will be present as the Guests of Honour. Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop Peter Machado, Archbishop Anil Cutto, Bishops from different dioceses and other leading dignitaries from pan India will witness this great occasion.

Mr Lancy D’Cunha, present President of AICU, addressing media in Mangaluru on August 14, said that, the outstanding personalities from different fields will be awarded with Centenary Awards.

On the occasion of the Centenary of the AICU, its Award committee has selected the following Personalities on All India level for the ‘Centenary Awards’ for their outstanding contribution to the society in the following fields:

Mr Ospison Linus Marbaniang, Meghalaya – AICU CENTENARY MEDIA AWARD
Mr Jeeth Milan Roche, Mangalore, Karnataka – AICU CENTENARY ENVIRONMENT AWARD
Ms Rubina Francis, Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh – AICU CENTENARY SPORTS AWARD
Mr Kasber Augustine, Mumbai, Maharashtra – AICU CENTENARY SOCIAL ACTIVIST AWARD

Rev. Fr Vijay Victor Lobo, National Secretary, Signis India (World Catholic Association for Communication); Mr Patrick Rajesh Minz, Mumbai; Dr Hycynth Sophia, Principal, Kollum, Kerala; Advocate James Sylvester, Hyderabad; Mr Titus Noronha, Mangaluru, were the jury members.

AICU had also organized a National Level Poster Painting competition for the youths and the following are selected for the top five positions :
CATEGORY I : 7th to 10th std - Topic : NATURE - God’s Gift
1. Godwin, Kumbakonam; 2. Venisha Fiona Mascarenhas, Mangaluru; 3. Steve Menezes, Udupi;
4. Anne Lisa Augustine, New Delhi; 5. Allen Kujur, Bareily

CATEGORY II : 11th std to 25 years – Topic : LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR - Sensitivity & Love towards Our Brothers & Sisters
1. Neilesh Rasquinha, Mangaluru; 2. Edzel Lewis, Udupi; 3. Shanelle Anne Mathias, Udupi;
4. Jeevan Killo, Vishakapatanam; 5. Milosha Patra, Goa

Fr Vijay Victor Lobo – National Secretary, Signis India (World Catholic Association for Communication), Mr Lancy D’Cunha – National President, AICU, Mr Rolphy D’Costa – President, Catholic Sabha, Mangalore Diocese, Mr Alwyn Quadros – President, Catholic Sabha, Udupi Diocese, Ms Nayana Fernandes – President, CASK were present at the press meet.

About the winners


  • Born in Khasi Tribal Community, Shillong.
  • Mass Communications Degree from St Xavier Institute of Mass Communication, Mumbai
  • Worked at North-Eastern Hill University of Shillong – NEHU.
  • Editor of ‘Iing Khristan’ – NEHU University.
  • Started ‘Khasi Daily Mawphor’ – News Daily.
  • Passed UPSC – Worked for Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.
  • Consulting Editor of ‘Highland Post’.
  • Awareness creation in the Indo Bangladesh Villages.



  • Planted more than 1,00,000 saplings in public places.
  • Target of planting 5,000 saplings every year.
  • Involved family in this noble work.
  • Award 2019 by the Diocese of Mangalore for distributing 80,996 saplings in 124 parishes.
  • 'Aranya Mitra Award 2013’ from Forest Department.
  • ‘Environmentalist Award 2016’ from Pollution Control Board.



  • Achievement in spite of physically Challenged.
  • Gold medalist in 10m pistol – shooting at Para Olympics.
  • 15 gold medals in State and National Level.
  • Appreciation Certificate from the State of Madhya Pradesh Riffle Association.



  • Born in a Adivasi family of Odisha.
  • Gold Medal in Masters Degree.
  • IAS Officer on Merit, not on reservation.
  • Served as Revenue Court Settlement Officer, Collector & District Magistrator, Revenue Divisional Officer and Member
    of Board of Revenue.
  • Awarded by the President of India as ‘Best District Census Officer’ in 1982.
  • Served as Transport Commissioner and Director of Fisheries.



  • Founder of ‘Thane Citizens Foundation’
  • Fought to resolve the pothole issues, toll naka menace.
  • Protected more than 1000 trees from destruction in Thane District.
  • Cleaned Thane streets from abandoned vehicles.
  • Solved property related disputes of Our Lady of Mercy
  • Church, Thane.
  • Resolved waste management issue covering 1500 housing societies.
  • Saved 7 destitutes by providing timely medical help and reuniting some of them with their families and other by admitting them to the old age homes.
  • Making Thane clean and green by being instrumental in getting 4 acres of land for a urban forest in the midst of concrete jungle.

Comments powered by CComment

Home | News | About Us | Sitemap | Contact

Copyright © 2015 - All rights reserved.

Powered by eCreators.