Mangaloreans in New York Felicitate Bishop Aloysius


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New York, Jul 15: Mangalorean community, mostly from the Metro New York area, came together on Saturday, July 11 in East Meadow, New York to felicitate Bishop Aloysius Paul D’Souza of Mangalore. Bishop is on a short visit to the U.S. As he spends his time meeting with Mangaloreans, he spares no effort to educate them on the growth and challenges faced by Christians and his own diocese in Mangalore. 

Nearly 200 Mangaloreans with their children joined the program at St. Raphael’s Church Auditorium to felicitate the Bishop at an evening of music, dinner and dance. The evening began with a concelebration of Mass at St. Raphael Church in which many of the Mangalorean clergy based in New York area and serving in various parishes  participated.





Fr  Ozzie Mascarenhas, a Jesuit from Karnataka Province, and currently a Professor of Marketing and Ethics at the College of Business Administration, University of Detroit Mercy in Michigan felicitated the Bishop on behalf of Mangaloreans. AP D’Souza, was also a student of Fr. Ozzie (as he is popularly known). Speaking of the Bishop, Fr. Ozzie said Bishop is a man of compassion, mission and vision.

In his address to the Mangalorean community gathered at this program, Bishop AP gave a bird’s eye-view of the work being done in Mangalore Diocese and particularly in the field of  lay apostolate and spiritual renewal, education and health services to the needy and many other Pastoral care projects for the people.  He placed before the community a vision for the future development of the community in Mangalore and urged everyone to help in realizing the vision. He thanked the community for the moral and material support provided to the Christian community, particularly during the challenging situations experienced in recent months by Christians in Mangalore.

As an immediate response, Vinod Menezes, a prominent businessman in Pennsylvania gave a check for a substantial amount to support the healthcare programs of the diocese. Bishop took this occasion to meet with many other prominent Mangaloreans and well-wishers of the diocese during the dinner that followed the formal program.

The whole event was meticulously organized under the leadership of Fr. Joe Lobo, a priest from Mangalore Diocese currently studying in New York, and a team of a few prominent volunteers from the community.  Sharell Kamath, as an M.C., ensured an efficient flow of the evening.  Charles Rodrigues proposing a vote of thanks asked the guests to participate in many more such programs in the future.

Befitting the occasion was a surprise announcement of the formation of a month-old Mangalroean Association led by its elected President Manish Aranha. “Hampen Kutters”, a newly formed band, under the lead player, Praveen Lobo, kept the crowd rocking for the rest of the night. Reportedly, Hampen Kutters are now inundated with demands to play at every community program! It was a great community event that brought a lot of Mangalorean families together and  the Bishop’s visit was a source of grace, blessing, joy and celebration.

  

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  • FR. FRED. V. PEREIRA, Valencia/Vamanjoor

    Fri, Jul 17 2009

    My dear Walter Nandalike, I am glad to go through your report concerning the Mangaloreans in New York felicitating Bishop Aloysius along with the 3 photos which highlight the programme, wherein the important persons who took part in the said programme are present. As reported by you, Fr. Jossy Lobo, who meticulously organized the said programme with a team of enthusiastic volunteers from the Mangalorean Community, deserve our congratulations for doing a good job, in coming to the aid of Bishop Aloysius Paul D''Souza who visited St. Raphael''s Church on July 11, 2009. As you report, this Community Event has brought a lot of Mangalorean Families together and the Bishop''s visit has been a source of grace, blessing, joy and celebration. Fr. Ozzie Mascarenhas,S.J. who is my class-mate at school, is well known to me and he is the right person chosen to raise the Toast of Bishop Aloysius being his Professor at St. Joseph''s Seminary. He has rightly described Bishop as a man of compassion, mission and vision. The audience got an opportunity to get a bird''s eye-view of the work being done in Mangalore Diocese as well as the Pastoral care projects for the "Little-ones of Jesus" under the sble Leadership of Bishop AP. I am also happy to read the comments of Mr. Joe gonsalves on your article, who was personally present at the celebration travelling 10 hours by car along with Fr. Ozzie. It is good news that "Humpan Kutters", a newly formed Band under the lead player, Praveen Lobo kept the crowd rocking for the rest of the night, and now there are demands for them to play at every Community Programme of Mangaloreans.

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  • joe Gonsalves, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 16 2009

    I was happy to be present at The Mass at St. Raphael''s Church with The Bishop of Mangalore as The Chief Celebrant. Several priests concelebrated with The Bishop. Father Ozzie and Father Jossy were at the main Alter. Barbara Kamath, (wife of Vivian Kamath) and their three children.Vernon, Valerie and Nisha who I consider prodigies formed the best possible choir. The Eucharistic Celebrations were followed by a reception at the Church Hall. Bishop A.P., Farther Ozzie, Father Jossy and Marian Kamath were on the dais Indeed Father Ozzie Mascarenhas delivered a thought provoking address and spoke of the times when the Bishop was his student at St. Joseph''s Seminary. Thereafter The Bishop gave a detailed account of The Diocesan activities which primarily included works of charity. The function was very well compared by Cheryl Kamath. Charles Rodrigues who presented a Vote of Thanks was at his best. The Humpan Kutters under The leadership of Praveen Lobo kept every one dancing Here again Vernon, Valerie and Nisha were amongst the main players. The mandos and The Mangalorean folk songs were played to perfection. It was my pleasure to be at the table with Victor and Alina Pais and we spoke at length about Mangalore and what Mangalore stands for today. The show was the brain child of Fr. Jossy Lobo and he was efficiently assisted by Tony D''Silva Charles Rodrigues and Vivian Kamath Edgar Rasquinha and Desmond D''Souza in tersm of arrangements for the evening. Joe Gonsalves

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  • fr.steven dsouza, mangalore

    Thu, Jul 16 2009

    nice to see Bishop on daijidworld. congratulation to the organizers.

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