New York: Monti-fest Celebrations by bellevision-USA on Sep 6on Sep 6

Bellevision Media Release 

New York, Aug 10:
Monthi Fest, the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady, one of the most eagerly awaited festivals in the Christian calendar by the Christians, especially belonging to the Konkani speaking community in India and abroad will be celebrated by the Bellevision-USA on 6th September 2009 at 3 PM at 4 Brettman Circle, New City, NY.
The feast mass in Konkani will be celebrated by Rev. Fr. Maurice DSouza from Cleveland OH. Following the mass, flowers will be showered on the statue of Our Lady in traditional Mangalorean fashion to the accompaniment of Konkani hymns. The Monti-Fest will be an occasion for get-together of families. Various fun games and cultural activities will be arranged for the entertainment of the community. This will be followed by the traditional dinner with delicious Mangalorean cousine.
On this occasion, Rev. Fr. Maurice DSouza will inaugurate Konkani Learning Initiative for the benefit of all the Mangaloreans residing in the United States.
The celebrant of the Holy Mass of the Monti-Fest, Rev. Fr. Maurice DSouza is a parishioner of St. Lawrence Church, Moodubelle and belongs to the Congregation of the Holy Cross. He was greatly inspired by Fr. Valerian DSouza, who was once the Assistant Priest and later Parish Priest in Moodubelle. He fondly remembers the contribution of his teachers, especially Mr. Benedict Barboza and Mr. William DSa in instilling a love for education. After his initial education in Moddubelle, Fr. Maurice continued his secular and religious education at St. Josephs College, Bangalore, Jnanadeep Vidyapeeth, Pune, Notre Dame University, Indiana (USA), and St. Marys Graduate School, Cleveland (USA).
Re. Fr. Maurice DSouza was the Founder Director of the Holy Cross Center at Shirva/Katapadi from 1977 to 1984. He was also administrator and Provincial of the Holy Cross Congregation with its headquarters in Bangalore from 1988 to 2000. Presently, Fr. Maurice he is the faculty member of St. Edward High School, V.A. medical Center and Holy Cross Family Ministries.
On 6th September 2009, all the children are requested to bring flowers from their gardens to be offered to Mother Mary. Every participant is requested to be present at the venue of the mass at least one hour in advance, that is at 2.00 PM, for the Konkanni choir practice before the Holy Mass.
For further information the members of the Mangalorean community are requested to RSVP to any of the following members by August 15, 2009:
Victor Sequeira : Phone : 267 972 1939; E-mail :,
Lavina Monis : E-mail :,
Fredrick Fernandes : Phone : 781 266 6433, E-mail :

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  • Antony Pereira, Bejai, Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 10 2009

    Nice to know that our Mangalorean community in New City, New York & near by places of New York are going to celebrate Monti fest on 06-09-09. Hat off to you for keeping our Mangalorean tradition of Monti fest celebration in Konkani. Wishing you all the very best to the organising committee & all the partcipants. Thumka sarvank bore monti fest maktaam.

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