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Mangalore: Glory of Crown of Lady of Immaculate Conception Restored

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore

Mangalore, May 18: The Blessing Ceremony of the Statue and Crown of our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Mulky, was held here on Thursday, May 17 with great reverence and fanfare. The blessing ceremony of the statue and the crown was done by Fr Valerian Mendonca, Director, Sandesha College of Fine Arts, Mangalore.

The crowning ceremony was followed by a procession to the church and solemn high mass at the Immaculate Conception Church, followed by a grand function. The statue and crown renovation work has been carried out by the family members late Adam D Souza and late Coelho families, who are believed to be the descendents of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception (OLIC) Miraculously Saved Family.

History of the Crown

The involvement of the late Adam D Souza and late John Coelho family with the crown of the statue has a long and interesting history. According to information obtained from elders and various other sources it is said that late Adam D Souza and John Coelho were brothers-in law and these agricultural families were residing at Pavoor, Mangalore. Following a calamity they were forced to leave Pavoor and settled in Palimar and Mulki. When they were sailing in a boat from Pavoor to Mulki and Palimar through the Arabian Sea carrying sugarcane saplings tragedy stuck once again in the form of bad weather and ghastly winds. When their boat was about to capsize they prayed to Our Blessed Mother, the patron saint of Mulki church and survived. They attributed their survival to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception and promised to install a silver crown on her statue in Mulki church. The crown on the statue of Our Lady has been the result of their avowal promise, which exists even now.

When the church underwent major repair in 1999 the crown was removed from the main altar and kept inside without identification. When parish council members met Vincent D Souza, said to be a fourth generation descendent of Adam D Souza, during their fund collection drive for church

hall, the identity of the crown was reestablished. The parish council members then decided to trace the crown and promised to reinstall it with the same fervor with which it was first crowned. Their efforts yielded good results as the crown was located and it also brought together the family members of both D Souza and Coelho to discuss about restoring it inside the church. The OLIC Statue and Crown Reinstate Fund Committee was formed to garner financial and moral support with contributions from these families.

During this period the family of D Souza and Coelho came to know that Adam’s son Inthrupriya D Souza had started a government-aided primary school, which was eventually taken over by the Furtado family. Greatly inspired by the social service cause exhibited by their ancestors, members of D Souza and Coelho family decided to contribute their might towards their social responsibility by donating their ancestral land for social cause.

Restoring the glory and eminence of the stature and the crown is the kind of initial thrust D Souza and Coelho families were waiting to get started their social service cause. May 17, 2011 was chosen to carry out the noble and reverential task of restoring the glory of the statue and the crown. This has now been achieved with the active support and cooperation of the family members of both D Souza and Coelho families, the parish priest and the parishioners as the entire event was celebrated with joyous euphoria and veneration with all the parishioners participating in the celebration.

The formal celebrations were followed by felicitation function and a grand lunch for the parishioners.

Comments on this article
Jayesh Patel, MumbaiFriday, June 01, 2012
It seams that mother has been given the gift with respect
She had asked to her SON send the fishermen to help Mr.Adam & Mr. John Family
THANK you JESUS

Naveen John Eric D'souza, Mulky/DubaiMonday, May 28, 2012
Missed the wonderful program.Vincy D'Souza,the pioneer of this event, put in a lot of effort truly deserves all praise.May the Immaculate showers her blessings on all those who made this event a success.May The good Lord Bless and keep all the parishioners safe and healthy.
So sorry to have missed it and meet all of our relatives.Wil surely try and get together sometime.
Hearty congratulations to all the Priests and Nuns who have contributed to this memorable event.Kudos to you all and keep up the good work.

Oswald (Dilip) D'souza, Mulki/MumbaiMonday, May 21, 2012
I was fortunate to be a part of this gala event. I never expected it to be so flawless and grand by any stretch of my imagination and felt emotional and proud of being a part of this family. I thank every one for making this event a success and would recommend all those who missed it to get hold of this CD covering the entire event.

Finally I thank our Blessed Mother for her graces and intercession due to which we are existing today. Let this not be THE END but THE BEGINNING of many more such activities and events for the D'souza-Coelho families

Vincent D'souza (OLIC), Mulky / PakshikereSunday, May 20, 2012
Thanks to all the Committee Members of OLIC (Mulky and Mumbai).
And all the family members of D'souza and Coelho, also the well wishers Those who supported for the grand celebration of Blessing Ceremony of the Statue and Crown of our Lady of Immaculate Conception.

Vincent D'souza (OLIC), Mulky / PakshikereSunday, May 20, 2012
Specially Thanks to Rev.Fr. Valerian Mendonsa(Director of sandhesh),Rev.Fr.Norbert Lobo (parish priest Mulky), Rev.Fr.Sunil Pinto (Asst.parish priest Pakshikere) And thanks to all the priest and Nuns those who are present for The Blessing Ceremony of the Statue and Crown of our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Mulky.

Edwin Nazareth., Shankerpura. UdipiSaturday, May 19, 2012
Congrats to D'Souza and Coelho families, surely mother mary going to interced your prayers and whole MULKY will be blessed.

Richard, MumbaiSaturday, May 19, 2012
thanks Paresh. But I could not connect you and you seem to know more about our families. Could you give more details about yourself ?

Volga Dsouza, MumbaiSaturday, May 19, 2012
Yes, you really missed it, it was a very touching and emotional event, really felt proud to be a part of this big family.








vicky dsouza, kinnigoliFriday, May 18, 2012
really missed it.........congrats to dsouza and coelho fly

Paresh Mehta, Mulky/A'mbadFriday, May 18, 2012
Ms.Anita Coelho, Mulky

You are absolutely right. It's situated opposite Mira Road Church. Anyhow it's founder is one and the same of all three - Abhudaya/Citizen/Model - none other than John D'Silva Uncle - pioneer of many co-operative banks.

It looks like even praveen's b/in/law Mr.Richard D'souza (Ex-Crompton} also present on that occasion.

Janet D'Souza, Mumbai MaladFriday, May 18, 2012
Missed the wonderful program.Vincy D'Souza,the pioneer of this event, put in a lot of effort truly deserves all praise.May the Immaculate showers her blessings on all those who made this event a success.

princy pinto, riyadh KSAFriday, May 18, 2012
blessed be mother mary and let all the corruption in this land be vanished, cheers to people of mulki

Franky D' Souza, Kanajar / RiyadhFriday, May 18, 2012
Congrats to D'Souza & coelho families & hats off to mulky parishioners, parish priest. Nice to see you all.

Anita Coelho, MulkyFriday, May 18, 2012
Good to see the D'Souza and Coelho Families together. However, I am an employee of Model Co-op. Bank Ltd., and
Paresh Mehta has wrongly stated that Praveen D'Souza is the Manager of Model Co-operative Bank, Mira Road. Praveen D'Souza is the Manager of Citizen Credit Co-op. Bank Ltd., because there is no such Manager in our Model Co-operative Bank,Mira Road Branch.

Arun D'Souza (Cliffi), Palimar / RiyadhFriday, May 18, 2012
Really we missed the program.. It was a great job done by OLIC.. Nice to see OLIC along with Mulky Parishioners & my mate Joel D'Souza, Vice President of Mulky Parish… Thanks to daijiworld & OLIC Committee members for Glory of Crown of Lady of Immaculate Conception.....
Cheers from Arun Jessy

Paresh Mehta, Mulki/A'mbadFriday, May 18, 2012
It looks like whole of D'souza family present. D'souza's younger brother - Ex-Manager of Abhyudaya Co-operative Bank and two sons of Dsouza uncle Dilip D'souza and Praveen D'souza - Manager -Model Co-operative Bank, Mira Road. Nice to see all of them on dais after long time.