Lucknow: Msgr Ambrose Madtha Consecrated Archbishop


Lucknow: Msgr Ambrose Madtha Consecrated Archbishop

Report and pics by Jessie Rodrigues
Daijiworld Media Network - Lucknow (SP)

Lucknow, Jul 28: With great joy, the Catholic Diocese of Lucknow celebrated the Episcopal ordination of Msgr Ambrose Madtha, recently-appointed Apostolic Nuncio in Ivory Coast by Pope Benedict XVI.

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for inter-religious dialogue was the principal Consecrator while Archbishop Albert D’Souza of Agra and Bishop Gerald J Mathias of Lucknow were the co-consecrators. The ordination ceremony was graced by 16 Bishops from India and abroad, among whom were Bishop Decouray from Ivory Coast, Archbishop Thomas from Kumasi in Ghana and two Bishops from Taiwan. A special presence was that of Bishop Aloysius D’Souza of Mangalore.

The solemn but devotional ordination ceremony was attended by over 120 priests from the north Indian dioceses, from Mangalore and from abroad, who also concelebrated the Eucharist and with the participation of over 1,600 sisters, brothers and laity from within the diocese, from Mangalore, Mumbai, China, Germany and from other places. The family of Archbishop Ambrose was represented by his younger brother, Fr Henry Madtha of Chikmagalur, Sr Bridget of the FMM Congregation and Sr Therese of St Joseph of Tarbes and also by close relatives and friends.

The Cardinal in his homily spoke, basing himself on Prophet Jeremiah, on the election ‘from his mother’s womb’ of Msgr Ambrose as also of his three siblings who followed him into religious life and reminded the new Apostolic Nuncio of his responsibilities as the representative of the Holy Father in Ivory Coast.

It was a very fulfilling and spiritual moment when the Cardinal Tauran laid hands on a kneeling Archbishop Ambrose Madtha followed by other Bishops and when the principal Consecrator handed over the Ring, the Mitre and the pastoral staff to the newly-consecrated Archbishop. At the end of the Mass, the new Archbishop Msgr Ambrose Madtha briefly reminisced his life and speaking in English, Hindi, German, French, Chinese and Konkani, thanked various people who had led him to this day with their prayers, love and affection. The diocesan choir sang melodious hymns, including the ‘Missa de Angelis’ in Latin, adding devotional hue to the entire liturgy, which was very prayerful. There was also a message read on behalf of the Apostolic Nuncio in India, Msgr Pedro Lopez Quintana, who was scheduled to be present but could not, due to unavoidable circumstances.

The ordination ceremony was followed by lunch for all those who attended the sacred rite. Speaking to the press at the end of the functions, Archbishop Ambrose spoke of his loyalty and devotion to the person of the Holy Father and promised to live his life fully at the service of the Church and said that his heart was full of sentiments of gratitude to one and all for the well-organized liturgy and the day’s other programmes

  

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  • Fr. Peter Devaraj, U.S.A

    Wed, Dec 17 2008

    Dear ArchBishop Ambrose, Belated congratulations. May God Bless you and always ministry.

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  • Thomas, Kanajar/Alain U.A.E

    Wed, Jul 30 2008

    Congratulations Msgr Ambrose Madtha. Sr. Assunta,(Lucknow) Thomas Sequeira & Family AlAin U.A.E/Mumbai.

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  • Alwyn Pinto, Belthangady / Kuwait

    Wed, Jul 30 2008

    Congratulations and best wishes to Msgr. Ambrose Madtha. We are proud of you as you are from our neighborhood. May the good Lord guide you in the Catholic mission.

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  • Fr. Arun Lobo, Neerude/Arva-Belthangady

    Wed, Jul 30 2008

    Congratulations! your Lordship Bp. Ambrose Madtha. We are proud of you. We pray for the choicest blessings in your mission

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  • Dr.B.S.Talwadi, Bangalore

    Wed, Jul 30 2008

    Congratulations my Lord.May God abide in You and make You His instrument to spread His GOOD NEWS.

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  • Fr. Faustine Lobo., Bantwal/Bangalore

    Tue, Jul 29 2008

    Congratulations to His Lordship Bp. Ambrose Madtha. I pray that the good Lord may grant you graces enough to carry out your responsibility with utmost diligence.

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  • Rony Lobo , Belthangady / Abudhabi

    Tue, Jul 29 2008

    Congratulations Rev.Fr.Ambrose Madtha for being appointed Apostolic Nuncio in Ivory Coast. We wish you all the success in your new mission and God's choicest blessings be upon you always.

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  • Fr prashant madtha sj, sullia/bangalore

    Tue, Jul 29 2008

    Congratulations and best wishes

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  • mervin vas, mangalore-padil

    Tue, Jul 29 2008

    HEARTY CONGRATS TO HIS LORDSHIP,& WISHING HIM ALL THE BEST IN HIS NEW ASSIGNMENT....

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  • IVAN D COSTA, HIREBILE/BANGALORE

    Tue, Jul 29 2008

    YOUR GRACE CONGRAGTULATIONS.MAY THE LORD GIVE STRENGTH TO WALK IN HIS FOOT STEPS.MARY MOTHER OF JESUS GUIDE YOU ALWAYS.MAY GOD BLESS.WE THE PEOPLE OF KARNATAKA ARE PROUD OF YOU.

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  • Bro. Thomas Carlo, S.J., Bantval Belthangady / Kolkata

    Tue, Jul 29 2008

    My heartiest congratulations to Msgr. Ambrose Madtha on the occasion of his Episcopal Consecration in Lucknow. May the blessings of the Almighty God be upon him, his family members, relatives and friends. May God grant him a fruitful ministry in his new role as the Papal Ambassador to Ivory Coast. With pryaers. T. Carlo, S.J. Kolkata

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  • Fr. Victor D'Mello, Kelmbet/ mangalore

    Tue, Jul 29 2008

    Congratulations and Good wishes Archbishop Ambrose Madtha.May the Good Lord who is the Good shepherd Lead you in your mission. Prayers and good wishes. Fr Victor D'Mello

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  • Lancelot Norbert Tauro, Manglore - Vasai - Doha Qatar

    Tue, Jul 29 2008

    Congratulations to dear Rev.Fr.Ambrose Madtha of Belthagandy church, and best wishes on your consecration day as Archbishop. GOD's Blessings on GOD fearing family of MADTHA family members.

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  • Franky Apoline Dsouza, Gloria/Belthangady

    Tue, Jul 29 2008

    Congratulations to His Lordship Ambrose Madtha. We are proud of you.We wish you all the best and we are eager to see you in belthangady.

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  • Joe, Belthangady/USA

    Mon, Jul 28 2008

    CONGRATULATIONS YOUR GRACE MOST REV AMBROSE MADTHA. MAY THE ALMIGHTY GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU UNDER HIS CARE ALWAYS.

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  • Stan Rodrigues, Farla/Italy

    Mon, Jul 28 2008

    Msgr Ambrose Madtha, Congratulations and every success in your Ministry as Apostolic Nuncio in Ivory Coast. People of Africa are loveable and friendly and surely you will have the prayers of many people accompanying you in your new responsibility.

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  • Fr Roque D'Souza, Mangalore (Seminary)/ Fort Dodge, Iowa

    Mon, Jul 28 2008

    Congratulations and felicitation... Many blessings be showered on abp. Ambrose Madtha in fulfilling greater responsibilities on behalf of the Holy Father and the Universal Church. Let Church of Mangalore feel proud for giving this jewel first to Lucknow and then to the Universal Church.

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  • ARUN JOHN&SAVITHA, KULESHEKAR

    Mon, Jul 28 2008

    DEAR MOST REV AMBROSE THE ARCHBISHOP WE HEARTLY CONGRATULATE FOR BEING THE CONSECRATED Archbishop for LUCKNOW DIOCESE and we assur our prayers to you likewise please do pray for our special intention.

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  • Fr. Wency Rodrigues, Kemman/Lucknow, New York

    Tue, Jul 29 2008

    Congratulations! Your grace Most Rev. Ambrose Madtha. May your new position bring enriching fruits in the Catholic Church. God bless you.

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  • Fr.Melvin D'Cunha ocd,

    Mon, Jul 28 2008

    Dear Rev.Fr.Ambrose Madtha congratulations and best wishes for you on your consecration day as Archbishop.I was delighted to see you on the Daiji world.I wish you all the best and promise my prayers.Fr.Melvin D'cunha,ocd,Kuwait.

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  • VINCENT SEQUEIRA, Belthangady / Riyadh

    Tue, Jul 29 2008

    Congratulations to His Lordship Ambrose Madtha. Proud to have one of my parishoners and a class mate rising to the stature of Archbishop and Apostolic Nuncio. Let's pray Almighty to bless him and guide him to lead us all.

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