I have come back from my Pastoral Visit to SAME mission station run by the personnel from Mangalore Diocese. I am pleased to inform you that there is lot of progress in pastoral and educational ministry in the region by our Priests. I have met missionaries of other Congregations both Priests and Sisters from the Diocese of Mangalore. They have gone to different Dioceses of Africa more than 30 years back. To our knowledge this is the first time that a Diocese in India takes up a mission in Africa. You have been actively participating in missionary work by your prayer and generosity. I thank you sincerely. The Church is inaugurated and Fr Hilary Lobo is appointedd Parish Priest. We have to build a presbytery for him. Please support this cause.

We are delighted to hear the news from the Vatican that Blessed Mary Bavordi, the Cloistered Carmelite nun will be canonised. She lived in St Ann’s Convent, Bolar for 2 years. She was one of the 3 pioneers of Carmelites to Mangalore. Since she lived in Mangalore we are assured of her prayers for our Diocese and Carmelites in our Diocese before the throne of God. She will be declared Saint on 17 May 2015. I request you to celebrate the Mass with good participation of the parishioners and after the Mass bells will be rung as a sign of joy.

We have also heard that the parents of St Therese of Child Jesus will also be canonised in the month of October. When we rejoice in these events, may their intercession be a strong grace to our families to become more holy.

The 364 Birthday of St Joseph Vaz will be held on 21 April. Parishes where he had worked may remember this event in a special manner and pray for vocations. I request you to encourage boys and girls for priesthood and religious life. Though God has blessed us with vocations, we need to put in lot of efforts to foster vocations in these days as the vocations elsewhere are decreasing.

On 14 April, 10 deacons will be ordained priests for our Diocese. I cordially invite you for the ordination which will take place in our Cathedral at 3 p.m. Please pray for them.

I thank you for participation in the annual Pastoral Consultation and the concelebration with me during the Mass of the Chrism. I request you to collect the holy oils from the reception of the Bishop’s House. Please get the small bottles with a sticker of name of the particular oil. After the oils being blessed the ministers are required to make use of the oils of the current year. Please burn the oil of the previous year.

I wish you all the blessings of Easter and request you to pray for me and the Diocese and the mission in Arica.

+ Aloysius Paul D’Souza
Bishop of Mangalore

 

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