Mangaluru, Aug 15,2017: A media release from Rosario Cathedral states: The historicity of the Portuguese confirms their arrival on the shores of old Kanara’s, Mangaluru in January 1568. On the river banks here they established their fort named "St.Sebastian" and a church was incorporated in this fort. Here, an image of ’Mother of the Rosary’ was installed, it gained a high reputation as a ’miraculous statue’. Thus it came to bear the name as ’Mother of the Rosary’ church. It is now practically 450 years.
It was later raised to the the status of ’Rosario Cathedral’ in 1851, and was the mother church of the region. Built into this religious and spiritual theology is a deeply prayerful tradition of the ’Rosary’, which at this point of time is set to engulf and manifest among the more than 450 families of this pioneer parish. The call now, is for deep catholic spiritual renewal in holiness of each and every family and person here.
This miraculous statuette or image, on August 15, 2017 as per God’s will, will be set out on pilgrimage to each and every family home of all 14 wards of the parish and return back to it’s seat in the Cathedral in February 2019 - it’s a land mark of this great historic event. This was announced by V. Rev Fr. J B Crasta, the Rector of the RosarioCathedral. The statuette will be blessed by Msgr. Denis Moras Prabhu, Vicar General who will launch it’s pilgrimage as well. Priests of the parish Rev Frs., Anil Fernandes, Rocky Fernandes and Vincent D’Souza were present as also the Vice -President of the Parish council Mr. C J Simon and a large congregation.
Mangalore Today notes that in the year 2018, a serioes of celebrations and events will take place to mark the 450 years of the catholic church in the region.