Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (MS)
Mangaluru, Dec 10: St Fidelis Friary, Monte Mariano, Farangipet, has been recognized by the postal department and has come out with a postcard with Monte Mariano Church.
The sources including the other religion neighbours say that the Monthi fest took birth in Farangipet which was initiated by Fr Joachim Miranda. It is one of the three designated major feasts of Mangalore diocese. Until a few decades ago, Monthi Fest was celebrated on a grand scale at Monte Mariano, with surrounding parishes being a part of the celebrations. A large number of devotees from Mangaluru, including tile manufacturers and coffee planters, footed it out to Farangipet for the feast.
Fr Joachim Miranda built a St Joseph’s Seminary at Farangipet which was later shifted to St Antony’s Ashram Jeppu and then the present place where the seminary exits.
This Monte Mariano also known as the second cradle of capuchins in India since it housed the only novitiate of the whole of India till 1967.