Mapusa, Nov 13: ‘Jinnechea Som’dirant’, a new book of essays on Value Education written by Br John Malvino Alfonso was released by Fr Walter De Sa, principal, St Xavier’s College, Mapusa at the Carmelite Seminary Mapusa.
Fr De Sa speaking on the occasion highlighted the importance of this book and said that, “this book is most important in today’s situation where values are eroded”.
Professor Sushant K. Naik, Assistant Professor, St. Xavier’s College, Mapusa reviewed the book.
Fr Sylvester D’Souza, provincial councillor, Karnataka-Goa Province welcomed the gathering and recalled the contribution of the Carmelites through print media.
Programme began with a prayer song by the Carmelite aspirants. Fr Ave Maria Afonso, a Konkani writer, compered the programme while Br John Malvino Alfonso proposed a vote of thanks.
‘Jinechea Som’dirant’ is the third book written by the author. Dilip Borkar, editor, BIMB- a Konkani monthly, has written the forward to this book which has been published by the Dhyanavana Publications of the Carmelites.
Br John Malvino Alfonso hails from Loliem Canacona. He is a member of the Karnataka-Goa Province of the Discalced Carmelites.
He is regular contributor for most of the Konkani magazines. ‘Sukhi Jinn’ (2006) and ‘Jinnechi Vatt’(2009) are his previous two works.
‘Jinnechi Vatt’ (2011) has been transliterated into Kannada script by Fr Valerian Fernandes of Mangalore Diocese. ‘Jinnechi Vatt’ has received Best Essay Book Award-2009 from Thomas Stephen Konkani Kendra (TSKK), Goa Konkani Academy (GKA) and Konkani Bhaxa Mandal (KBM).