Mangalore Diocese Post-centenary Silver Jubilee Celebrations Begin

Mangalore Diocese Post-centenary Silver Jubilee Celebrations Begin
Pics: Dayanand Kukkaje
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore
Mangalore, Feb 11:
The grand finale, the first day of the two-day post centenary silver jubilee celebrations of the Mangalore Diocese took off on a erential note with the Eucharistic Celebration on the Rosario Cathedral open Grounds on Saturday February 11.

The day first of the celebration was known as the “Day of the Laity, Religious and Clergy” and all the three groups attended the Eucharistic Celebration in large numbers to celebrate the theme “Your own sons will be your ministers of Salvation”.

The celebration was presided over by Dr Savio Hon Tai-Fai, SDB, Secretary, Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples Vatican, Rome, Cardinal Oswald Cardinal Gracias, Archbishop of Mumbai, about 22 bishops and a galaxy of 424 priests representing the clergy and the religious category. People of the diocese also attended the celebrations in a large numbers making it a grand celebration befitting the 125 anniversary of Mangalore diocese. The Eucharistic Celebration was held in the open grounds of Rosario Cathedral.

Dr Savio Hon Tai-Fai led the procession of the Cardinal, the Archbishop, the Bishops and the priests to the dais to commence the Eucharistic Celebration of the mass. In his sermon Dr Savio talked about light and beauty with reference to salvation, the theme of the celebration.

The mass was followed by a stage programme which witnessed a series of felicitations followed by a rich doze of cultural programmes. The stage programme was presided over by Dr Savio Hon Tai-Fai with Oswald Cardinal gracias, Archbishop of Mumbai as the chief guest. Dr Bernard Moras, Dr V S Acharya and Oscar Fernandes were the guests of honour.

It was a unique programme where recognition was accorded to those who qualified for it in different categories instituted on this occasion. Dr Bernard Moras, Archbishop of Bangalore, felicitated 12 Superiror Generals, both past and present, of various congregations. The parents or family members of those who have given their all children for religious life were felicitated by Oscar Fernandes, (MP). This included sub-categories like one child one vacation and all children to religious vacation. Families who have highest vacations with 5 children and above in the service of god were felicitate by Dr Savio Tai-Fai. There were as many as 19 families who were honoured in this category. Four persons who are above the age of 100 years were also feliciated by Oscar Fernandes. Then there was the category of married couples (10 couple) leading a marital life for 65 years and above who were honoured by Bishop of Mangalore Aloysius Paul D Souza. Fr Walter Albuquerque was honoured for his contribution to lithurgical music. Oswald Cardinal Gracias also felicitated 5 individuals namely Maria Margaret D Sa, Louis Mendonca Octavia Albuquerque, Chev Clarence Pais and Msgr Edwin Pinto who had received the papal order from time to time.

In his presidential address Dr Savio talked about the importance of wisdom, truth, openness and integrity in all walks of life. He congratulated Mangalore diocese for its vital contribution in the service of god and the society. Chief Guest Oswald Cardinal Gracias said the only way we can evaluate the performance of the diocese in the last 125 years through the number of vocations the diocese has given. “These vocations have benefitted not only Indians but also the people of the entire world by giving salvation. The diocese also has contributed to the social and economic welfare of this district and through that to the overall progress of the nation”, he said.

Bishop of Mangalore Aloysius Paul D Souza who welcomed the gathering pointed out that Mangalore is rightly called as the Rome of India considering the contribution of the diocese in the service of god. He also said that through its immense contribution the diocese has shown that they have become ministers of salvation in the true sense.

He further added that “our forefathers have contributed to the social and economic welfare of the land by putting a sturdy foundation and today we are celebrating the futility of their hard work”. He called upon the diocese to continue the good work it has started and emerge as the powerhouse of the church.

Archbishop Dr Bernard Moras congratulated the clergy, the laity and the religious people of the diocese for their contribution in bringing international name and fame. “Our ancestors have done a wonderful job by putting a strong foundation for our religious faith in this part of the land. This diocese is a cradle of vocations, the one which has contributed 42 bishops to the community and has put a strong foundation for our religious beliefs” Dr Bernard Moras stated. Arch Bishop also pointed out that the work of the Mangalore diocese in Bidar should be written in golden letters in its history and recalled the efforts of late Bishop Bazil D Souza in creating Bidar diocese.

Dr V S Acharya, Miniser for Higher Education, Government of Karnataka pointed out that it is our duty to remember the contribution of the diocese to the religious, social and economic progress of this coastal region and he has come to express gratitude on behalf of the government. He said it is a matter of pride for all of us that diocese activities have brought about national and international fame to the diocese. His government, he said had realized that minorities especially Catholics were not getting any centralized attention they deserve. Having realized this, he said his government has released Rs 50 crores for the welfare and development of Christians.

Oscar Fernandes in his message to the public recalled “it is our duty to remember the services rendered by the diocese for the welfare of the society in general thus taking its name and fame beyond the frontiers of the country. He said “constant efforts and hard work is needed for the growth of an organization. Due to the hard work, perspiration and sacrifice the diocese has put a strong foundation for the religious faith of the Catholics. He also commended the contributions of our educational institutions and our health care centers in the service of the society saying “we are what we are because of these institutions”.

The stage programme was followed by cultural extravaganza presented by the members Mandd Sobhann. About 250 artistes performed on the stage giving the public a glimpse of the evolution of Konkani language, Konkani culture, our songs, theatre and drama over the years.

Sushil Noronha, Secretary of the Diocesan Post Centenary Silver Jubilee Celebrations proposed a vote of thanks. Vincent Alva and Trishna Pinto compered the programme.

On Sunday February 12, 'day of thanksgiving' will be observed on the theme 'Be Witness to Jesus, Build the Kingdom of God' at Nehru Maidan at 4 pm.



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  • Ajay Lobo, Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 12 2012

    Yes Evans. I have problem. Why Mr. Fernandes should be on stage? What is her contribution to gain that seat? What is the contribution of Oscar Fernandes when he was MP? His contribution was zero. He could have done lot of things as he was close to Gandhi family. But he just won the elections and people were fed up with him and they stopped voting him and he deserved that. Just because a person speaks nicely, you can't call that person as a very good man. In our language we say "Paatay nathullee Railan".

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  • Ad Multos Annos, Thokkottu

    Sun, Feb 12 2012

    Let our Mangalore Diocese shine in the light of Christ..........leading all the Catholics, Baptized non catholics, non catholics and Brethren of other faiths towards an everlasting LOVE of GOD OUR FATHER....AD MULTOS ANNOS

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  • Ajay Lobo, Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 12 2012

    Well said Donald Roche. Good people should always be respected. Personally I don't know much about V.S.Acharya. But I heard from many people that he is a good person. So far not heard anything bad about him. So I consider him as a good person. And above all, it's Mangalore Diocese program and being a minister in Karnataka cabinet, Mr. Acharya definitely should be a part of the programme. We need to forget about which political party he belongs to. It is also wrong to say that only congress is good for catholics. Once again well said Donald and I completely agree with you.

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  • Donald Roche, Mangalore/Bolar/Bangalore.

    Sun, Feb 12 2012

    Mr. Naveen Mangalore, do you know me ?. Don't prejudice a person or his thoughts. It shows your narrow mindedness. I always respect good people. This is for your kind information. I know Dr. V S Acharya in person since 40 years.

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  • Vikram Pai, mangalore

    Sun, Feb 12 2012

    Sincerly they should'nt be inviting politicans across party lines, infact people who have led lives of service, love and forgivness should be invited as special guests, or any individual possessing even a single quality of Lord Jesus Christ.

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  • shivananda wagle, mangalore

    Sun, Feb 12 2012

    ..... Congratulations to all. God Bless us.

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    Sun, Feb 12 2012

    congratulations to all christians of mangalor.Long live Mangalore Diocese.and god bless mangalore diocese.

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  • Sneha Barboza, Mangalore/ Dubai

    Sun, Feb 12 2012

    ಲಾಂಬ್ ಜಿಯೊ ಅಮರ್ ಉರೊಂ ಆಮ್ಚಿಂ ಮಂಗ್ಳೂರ್ ದಿಯೆಜಿಜ್....Proud to be an manglorean

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  • sujay, , Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 12 2012

    Why Oscar Fernandes's wife on dais?
    "What God has united, diocese can not separate"
    He is an exception to mankind, otherwise all guests would have to have another chair(s) for their spouse(s)

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  • Naveen , Manglore

    Sun, Feb 12 2012

    Donald Roche......If any BJP Minister attened your function then you will praise other wise you will say he is a communal,gunda etc....etc

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  • RGL, Kuwait

    Sun, Feb 12 2012

    Y they invited Politicians. They should have invited Mr. Ronald Colaco instead.

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  • Felix Castelino,

    Sun, Feb 12 2012

    Really Very beautiful' Very inspiring The success of this Jubilee just because it was well planned by the committees and the wise guidance of our beloved bishop, Most Rev.Dr.Aloysius Paul Dsouza and is hard efforts. May He live long and may obtain alway Good health and peace of mind.

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  • Gabriel, Sagar

    Sun, Feb 12 2012

    Long live Mangalore diocese!
    There is some problem about international protocol where VVIP get a proper seat in dais, the spouses get a prominent place in the front rows of the assembly. But here it is an exception of extra-protocol observance!

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  • George Andrade, udupi

    Sun, Feb 12 2012

    I am surprised that H.E.Governor Margaret Alva ( nee Nazareth ) was not invited although she originally hailed from Shirva.I remember her maternal grandfather Mr.Pascal Dsouza, a well known Advocate in the 1940's & 50's.Mr.Pascal Dsouza was brother-in-law of Chev.L.C.Pais and uncle of Chev.Clarence Pais ,Advocate & Notary of Bijai.The Nazareth family were very big agricultural landlords of Shirva owning more than 500 acres of rice fields.

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  • Donald Roche, Mangalore/Ruzai/Bangalore

    Sun, Feb 12 2012

    Happy to see Dr. V S Acharya and other esteemed guests. Thank you Dr. V S Acharya for saying few good things about catholic community. I am proud of Mangalore Diocese and my parish Rosario Cathedral. Great program and good coverage.

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  • Anil Thomas D'Silva, Mangalore-Adyar

    Sun, Feb 12 2012

    Memorable day,, congratulations to all.. thanks DAYA for ur quick pics,,

    God Bless Us All,,
    Mother Mary Pray For Us,,

    wishes from ANU THOMAS KUDLA

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  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA

    Sun, Feb 12 2012

    Mr. Ajay Lobo from Mangalore, does it bother you to see MP Oscar Fernandes's wife on the stage. She is a moral support and is a kind and understanding woman and that is the reason MP Oscar Fernandes is still in his position. I have met both of them in Mangalore airport with my family.

    He was on his way to Bangalore and we were on our way to New York via Mumbai and we talked to each other for sometime and it was a pleasure. Some VIPS will not bother to talk to anybody.I have met him once in Byndoor when I had visited his campaigner Late Mr. Lingayya Shetty. Any way he is a nice person and helpful to the society.

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  • A.J.Mathews, Shirva/Kuwait

    Sun, Feb 12 2012

    Long live Mangalore Diocese!! Is this happening in Mangalore or Vatican?? It is hard to tell

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  • Ambrose Madtha, Belthangady/Abidjan

    Sun, Feb 12 2012

    "Ad majorem Dei Gloriam et salus animarum". May God be praised today and forever for the wonders He has done in the history of the Mangalore diocese. Today we rejoice and thank God for His innumerable gifts on us. May our faith continue to be strengthened each day as we live our lives in Mangalore and elsewhere in the world. Hearty Congratulations to Bishop Aloysius, the clergy, the relgious and the laity.

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  • Hindustani, Udupi/Kuwait

    Sat, Feb 11 2012

    God bless Mangalore diocese. Congratulation to all Christians of Manglore Diocese on 125th anniversary. Good crowd during celebration.

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  • Jerry Moras, Kuppepadavu, Calgary Canada

    Sat, Feb 11 2012

    Long live Mangalore Diocese. Great program and coverage !

    Best wishes from

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  • Ronald, Mangalore

    Sat, Feb 11 2012

    It was a memorable ceremony .....

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  • Mark pinto, vamadapadav

    Sat, Feb 11 2012

    well done mangalore diocese,may you continue doing the service selflessly,till the Lord comes. thank you one and all, and congratulations.

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  • Ajay Lobo, Mangalore

    Sat, Feb 11 2012

    Good to see the esteemed guests on this special ocassion. But don't understand why wife of Oscar Fernandes is on the stage?

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