Mangaluru, Dec 3: “The parish bulletins of our diocese are playing important role in nurturing the Konkani language, other than uniting the parish community,” said Msgr Maxim Noronha, vicar general of Mangalore Diocese while inaugurating the ‘Parish Bulletin Editor and Writers Convention’ at Bishop’s House, Mangaluru on December 3. The convention was jointly organized by Raknno, Mangalore diocesan weekly and Karnataka Konkani Writers’ Association.
In his introductory speech, Richard Moras, the chief convenor of the Karnataka Konkani Writers’ Association appreciated the work done by parish bulletins in Mangalore and Udupi diocese. Other than reporting the activities of the parishes, these bulletins publish literary work of their parishioners and thereby help young talents to read and write in Konkani.
Dr Gerald Pinto, acclaimed Konkani writer, retired principal of Milagres College, Kallianpur spoke on the duties and responsibilities of the editors of parish bulletins. He cautioned about the care to be taken while publishing the bulletins. Dr Edward Nazareth narrated the preparation and techniques of writing general articles. Dolphy Lobo (Dolphy, Cassia) and Marcel D’Souza spoke on writing the reports and news items. The participants of the convention expressed their opinions and doubts and participated in the discussion, which was moderated by Fr Rupesh Madtha, editor of Raknno.
Anil and Irene Rebello lead into prayer song. Lavina Fernandes (Lavi, Ganjimatt) compered the programme and Preetha Miranda proposed vote of thanks.