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Mangaluru: Newly built home for aged 'Sevanilaya' inaugurated


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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SB)

Mangaluru, Dec 12: Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, bishop of Mangaluru, blessed the newly built home for the aged 'Sevanilaya' and new convent and chapel belonging to Sisters Helpers of Mount Rosary at Lower Bendore on Wednesday, December 12.

The bishop blessed the new building and later celebrated the thanks giving mass as a main celebrant.

After the mass a short stage programme was held. Fr Vincent Monteiro, parish priest, Bendur Church, Sr Precilla D’Mello, superior general, Sisters, Helpers of Mount Rosary, Sr Asha, superior, Christina D’Souza, well-wisher of Helpers of Mount Rosary, were present on the dais.

Delivering the presidential address the Bishop said, “It is good news to the diocese that Sisters of Mount Rosary have opened their second convent. Same time they have decided to serve the elderly which is the need of the hour. By our good deeds we can represent God. By this we can convert ourselves as ambassadors of the service, charity and love. I congratulate the Sisters of Mount Rosary for their new home and old age home. I assure all support for them in their future mission.”

In her welcoming speech, Sr Precilla said, “Helpers of Mount Rosary, a religious congregation of the Diocesan Right was founded 28 years ago by Msgr Edwin C Pinto at Alangar. In 2005, Pope declared our congregation as religious congregation of the diocese. Today, we have opened another convent here. Lucy Sequiera and her sister Agnes Lobo donated this land to our congregation as a token of gratitude for our service to them. Their close friend Christina D’Souza and her husband helped them to hand over the property to us. As per their last wish, we constructed an old age home called ‘Sevanilaya’ here. With the support of parish priest of Bendore and parishioners, and many other donors from Mangaluru and other places, and of our own sisters’ sacrifices, our dream became reality. Here we are assuring all types of services for elderly people as well as spiritual and community services.”

Wishing the sisters, Fr Vincent said, “For the past one year the Sisters of Mount Rosary are rendering their services to Bendore parish. Within a short time they have won the hearts of people. Now they are going to start their old age home in city. I wish them all the success in their new mission. Same time I congratulate them for their new convent."

Late Lucy Sequiera and late Agnes Lobo are the donors of the land.

The bishop was felicitated by the superior general. Christine D'Souza, wife of late Christopher D'Souza, and Mark D’Souza, contractor was also honoured by the bishop.

Sr Asha rendered the vote of thanks. Fr Alwyn Serrao, principal, Padua College, Fr Richard Coelho, director, Fr Muller Charitable Institutions, Fr Rohan, and Fr Walter D’Mello, judicial vicar were present. Naveen D’Souza, chairman for social justice for health and education and secretary KPCC, Arun Mendes and Sunil Mendes, and many other well-wishers of sisters, and the elderly who have been already admitted to ‘Sevanilaya’ were also present.


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  • Augustine Daniel DSouza, Udupi Mumbai STATE OF KUWAIT.

    Thu, Dec 13 2018

    Congratulations Lord Jesus bless for Donars.

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  • cyril mathias, udupi

    Thu, Dec 13 2018

    Wish the inmates a peaceful and happy stay.

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  • joe Gonsalves, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 13 2018

    It is indeed A VERY KIND THOUGHT on the part of Sr Prescilla D'Mello and her team for their effort to bring peace to the aged people. The aged people need love, affection and help as they go along in their late years in life. THIS IS THE NEED OF THE DAY. It is good to see Our present Most Reverend Bishop Peter Paul showing interest and his presence is indeed appreciated by all concerned.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Dec 13 2018

    May the Almighty bless the Donors ...

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  • Antony Dsouza, Bajpe/Dubai

    Wed, Dec 12 2018

    Congratulations and best wishes to Sr Prescilla D'Mello and her team for their effort to bring peace to the aged people. May The Blessings of Mother Mary of Mount Rosery will always be there. From Alangar to Bendur and many more age old branches and convents in Mangaluru may be established for the poor old aged people.

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