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Mangaluru, Apr 20, 2017 : Five deacons were ordained priests for the diocese of Mangaluru on Thursday, April 20 by Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza, Bishop of Mangaluru diocese.

The ordination ceremony was held at Our Lady of Rosario Cathedral here, in the presence of relatives of the newly-ordained and hundreds of devotees. More than 100 priests, nuns and religious people were present on the occasion.

The newly ordained priests are Fr Alwyn Richard D Souza from Shirthady, Fr Anil Francis Pinto from Indubettu, Fr Anil Ivan Fernandez from Nainad, FR Antony Clany D ‘Souza from Omzoor, and Fr Lizel Joy D Souza from Mudipu.

Later the newly ordained priests concelebrated the Holy Eucharist with the Bishop.

Fr Vijay Machado director of diocesan Biblical and Catechetical Centre animated the Liturgy.

After the Eucharist, a short felicitation programme was organized by the diocese. Fr Henry Sequeira, chancellor of the diocese introduced the newly ordained priests and wished them well.

Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza presided over the felicitation programme and greeted the new priests and thanked their parents for being generous to give their sons to the diocese to serve as priests.

Msgr Denis Moras Prabhu, vicar general of the diocese and Fr Joseph Martis, rector of St Joseph’s Seminary, Jeppu were present on the dais.

Fr Antony Clany D Souza, one of the new priests, expressed gratitude on behalf of the newly ordained priests.

Fr Paul Sebastian D Souza, assistant parish priest of Rosario Cathedral, compered the programme.

Fr J B Crasta, parish priest of Rosario Cathedral, was present among others.

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