The diocese of Mangalore celebrated the ‘Karnataka Rajyotsava’ in an unique way by observing ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ with the motto of I am responsible for the management of waste generated by me, cleanliness drive was taken up from Fr Muller Circle Kankandy to Morgans gate on 1st of November 2014.

Most Rev Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza, Bishop of Mangalore formally inaugurated the programme in a novel way by putting the wrapper of the sweets distributed on the occasion into the cassock pocket thus symbolically conveying the message that one should take responsibility in managing the waste generated by oneself. He recalled the dictum ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’ and called on the participants and citizens to maintain cleanliness in public places and in one’s home and yard which is needed to enjoy good health. If the citizens join hands with the govt. in keeping the surrounding clean then we can see our country clean. In this regard the Bishop said that the 114 parishes of the Diocese have taken up cleanliness drive in their respective places. And one such programme is taking place here he said.

Mr Mahabala Marla, the Mayor of Mangalore City Corporation, administered the cleanliness pledge to the participants. Further he said that the city of Mangalore is having sixth place at the state level with regard to cleanliness. But he said that Mangalore should become number one city in the state of Karnatka. He appreciated the cleanliness drive undertaken by 114 parishes of the Diocese of Mangalore



Mr Ivan D’Souza, MLC said that the District of Dakshina Kannada is hundred percent literate district. The contributions of the Diocese of Mangalore are significant in making the district hundred percent literate. Now the Diocese has come forward to contribute its service in keeping the city clean. Thanks to the Bishop for taking such a noble gesture, he said.

Mr M.P. Noronha, the Diocesan Pastoral Council proposed the vote of thanks. In his Vote of thanks, he said the Christian community has always been a pioneer not only in the field of education, health but also has worked for cleanliness in the past. The Christian community is ready to render its service now and will do so in the future too, he said.      

Not to limit the cleanliness drive to only one day the organizers planned to pass cleanliness pledge sheets to the participants who in turn circulate them to their friends and neighbours. It will go on till 26 January 2015. On the occasion of the Republic day a lot will be taken on those who sign for the cleanliness pledge and the winner will get an attractive prize, the organizers said.


A street play conveying the message on the need of keeping the surroundings clean was staged by Valencia Parishioners.

Fr Muller Charitable Institutions Kankanady, St Vincent Ferrer Church Valencia, Roshni Nilaya, Fathima Retreat house, St Joseph Church Jeppu, St Joseph Seminary jeppu, Gerosa School Jeppu, Holy Rosary Convent Jeppu, Prashanth Nivas Jeppu, St Anthony’s Charity institutes Jeppu, St Rita Church Cascia were the collaborators of the programme. Around 2000 people participated in the programme followed by the cleanliness drive.

Fr Onil D’Souza, Director, St Anthony‘s Charity Institutes, Jeppu and the coordinator of the programme welcomed the guests and gave introduction. 



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