I express my gratitude to all of you for prayers, wishes,flowers and gifts on my platinum birthday. Nearly 250 Priests concelebrated with me. Eight Bishops joined the celebration. The people of all faiths felicitated me. All this is done not to me as an individual but a representative of catholic community in this district. The honour, respect and gratitude shown to me is a symbol of gratitude to our Christian community. I pass on this act of yours to Jesus who called me to be His Priest and Shepherd. Many things are said of me, many achievements are attributed to me. Without your support, goodwill and generosity it would not have been possible. I pass on this honour to the last and least of the brothers and sisters in Christ. I am grateful to you all.

On 16 July we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. This feast is dear to our coastal Christian communities. The Carmelite Missionaries were the pastors in these districts. Hence they popularised the devotion of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. This devotion is spread by the Carmelites wherever they worked in our Diocese. We have 3 branches of the Carmelite order. We wish them a Happy Feast of their Patron – Mother of Carmel. The devotion to the scapular inculcates in us, the Gospel spirit of poverty, penance and prayer. Let us learn more about this scapular and its message and impart it to our people and encourage the faithful to wear it.

I am happy to tell you that 5 Brothers are ordained deacons for our Diocese on 16 June.

They are:

1. Dn Alwyn R. D’Souza – Shirtady
2. Dn. Antony C. D’Souza – Omzoor
3. Dn Lizel J. D’Souza – Mudipu
4. Dn Anil I. Fernandes – Nainad
5. Dn Anil F. Pinto – Indubettu

I congratulate them and wish them fruitful Dioconal ministry.

The Deaconal ministry will be from October 2016.

It was on 21 July 2013 Same (Africa) mission was inaugurated. Ever since Priests and regents – missionaries from Mangalore have been working in the mission and reaping the fruits of their labour. Our school is very much patronized and is known for quality education. We are contributing to the development of the place by good education which would give them a better future. Quite a number of people have become the disciples of Jesus. We have much to do in Same. We need your prayers and generous assistance. We are thankful to them who have contributed for the mission.

The I batch of retreat will start on the 3rd of July. Where there are more priests in a Parish or institution should attend one of the batches.

May God bless you.

+ Aloysius Paul D’Souza
Bishop of Mangalore

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