Mangaluru, Dec 14, 2018: The bishop of Mangalore Rev Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, blessed the new institutions and declared open by celebrating a thanks giving mass on December 12, Wednesday at lower Bendur in the city.
After the mass a short stage programme was held. Fr Vincent Monteiro, parish priest, Bendur Church, Sr Precilla D’Mello, superior general, Helpers of Mount Rosary, Sr Asha, superior, Christina D’Souza, wellwisher of Helpers of Mount Rosary, were present on the dais.
In his key note address Bishop Rev Dr. P P Saldanha said, “It is good news to the diocese that Sisters of Mount Rosary have opened their second convent. Here, they have also come forward to serve the elderly which is the need of the hour. By our good deeds we can represent God. By this we can convert ourselves as ambassadors of service, charity and love. I congratulate the Sisters of Mount Rosary for their new convent, and old age home. I assure support for them in their future mission.”
In her welcoming speech, Sr Precilla the Superior General said, “Helpers of Mount Rosary, a religious congregation of the Diocesan Right was founded 28 years ago, by Msgr. Edwin C. Pinto at Alangar. In 2005, Pope declared our congregation as a Religious congregation of the diocese. Today we have opened another convent here. Miss. Lucy Sequiera, and her sister Agnes Lobo have donated this land to our congregation as a token of gratitude for our service. Their close friend Christina D’Souza and her husband helped them to hand over the property to us. As per their last wish we constructed an old age home called ’Sevanilaya’ here. With the support of parish priest of Bendur and parishioners, and many other donors from Mangalore and other places, and of our own sisters sacrifices, our dream became a reality. Here we are assuring all types of services for elderly people as well as spiritual and community services.”
Wishing the sisters, Fr Vincent Parish priest said, “For the past one year the Sisters of Mount Rosary are rendering their services to Bendur parish. Within a short time they have won the hearts of people. Now they are going to start their old age home in city. I wish them all the success in their new mission, I congratulate them for their new convent."
Late Lucy Sequiera and late Agnes Lobo are the donors of the land. The bishop was felicitated by the superior general. Christine D’Souza, wife of late Christopher D’Souza, Mark D’souza Contractor were also honoured by the Bishop.
Sr Asha rendered graitude to all concerned. Fr. Walter D’Mello, Judicial Vicar, Fr Richard Coelho, director, Fr Muller Charitable Institutions, Fr Alwyn Serrao, Principal, Padua College, Fr Rohan, were present. Mr. Naveen D’Souza, chairman for social justice for health and education & secretary for KPCC. Mr. Arun Mendes and Mr. Sunil Mendes, and many other well wishers of sisters, and the elderly who are already admitted to the elderly home, Sevanilaya were present along with many people there.