Bengaluru, Oct 5: A two-day Konkani Bible Convention led by Bro Prakash D'Souza and team, Divine Mercy Prayer group from Mumbai together with Fr Franklin D'Souza of thr Diocese of Shivamogga and Fr Roshan Monteiro OCD, was organised in a grand manner under the banner of The Divine Mercy Retreat Center (DMRC), Halasuru, Archdiocese of Bangalore. The convention was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church grounds. The theme of the convention was "Jesus the Healer." Bro William D'Souza led the praise and worship.
The retreat began at 3 PM on October 1 with praise and worship powerfully led by Fr Franklin D'Souza and Bro William D'Souza. The inauguration was marked by releasing white balloons and pigeons. Fr Anthony Prasad, DMRC Director enthroned the Bible and began the retreat with a prayer. Bro Prakash D'Souza, Nelly Prichard, main coordinator of the retreat, Silvian Noronha, chairman of Federation of Konkani Catholic Associations (FKCA), David Istacky, chairman of Bangalore Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services, Fr Devasagayam, assistant director of the DMRC and Bro Amruth Raj, joint secretary of DMRC were among the dignitaries present on the dais.
This was followed by a talk by Fr Franklin D'Souza on " Prayer that God hears" with the parable from Luke 18:9-14. This was followed by praise and worship led by the team and a powerful talk by Bro Prakash D'Souza who spoke on the topic "Importance of the Word of God." Then he led the adoration together with Fr Franklin D'Souza.
The first day’s programme concluded with the concelebration of the holy mass officiated by Archbishop Emeritus Bernard Moras, of Archdiocese of Bangalore.
The second day’s programme began with praise and worship led by Bro Prakash D'Souza and Divine Mercy Prayer group of Mumbai. Fr Roshan Monteiro OCD from Bengaluru then spoke on "Anointing and its effects in Christian life." Bro Prakash D'Souza then led the session on "Sin and forgiveness." This was followed by lunch for all.
The afternoon session began with Bro Prakash D'Souza and team leading the praise and worship. Fr Franklin D'Souza then spoke on "forming our conscience through the Word of God which is the Voice of God." He based his preaching on Mark 6:17-29.
Bro Prakash D'Souza led the healing adoration together with Fr Franklin D'Souza. Special prayers for healing were held. The programme concluded with the the concelebration of high mass with Dr Peter Machado, archbishop of Archdiocese of Bangalore being the main celebrant.
At the end, on behalf of Konkani Speaking community, Maxi Fernandes proposed a vote of thanks. He expressed gratitude to all those who were reason for the success of the two days convention. In addition to the archbishops, Brother Prakash, Fr Franklin, Bro William and teams, he had special words of gratitude for Nelly Prichard for her tireless and selfless work in making the convention a success. He thanked Fr Arokya Swamy D, parish priest, Our Lady of Lourdes Church and Bro Amruth Raj for his support to the event.
He also thanked all the volunteers for their relentless efforts and for leaving no stone unturned to make the event so successful.
He also thanked among others, ATC Publication and Bible Commission leader Nigel Fernandes, coordinators Henry Fernandes and Godwin Castelino.
He expressed gratitude to Silvian Noronha and the FKCA, which had publicised the convention through its member associations as one of the initiatives of its Silver Jubilee year and had also sponsored the lunch and refreshments for the event.
While the second day had a gathering of over 2,500, the first day was a little lesser due to the inclement weather.