Mangalore, May 13, 2012: Addressing the gathering at the 33rd annual convention of the Catholic Sabha held on the grounds of Milagres College on May 13 Sunday, Anthony Mendonca, retired KAS officer and member of the Karnataka Christians’ Pragathi Samithi, said that establishing a proper coaching centre to educate students about government exams and opportunities is the need of the hour.
He also said that the number of Catholics working in public sectors is very small, owing to which the community requires a training centre to train Catholic youth on how to use government benefits, facilities, and opportunities. A coaching centre can train Catholic students for competitive exams such as KAS, IPS, and others, he added.
He also suggested founding a treasury in the diocese to collect funds for the higher education of poor youth. Voicing his opinion that these facilities will help more Catholics to become KAS and IPS officers in future, he promised his support for this work.
Fr. Aloysius Paul D’Souza, the bishop of Mangalore Diocese, expressed his appreciation of the Catholic Sabha, which he said has produced great leaders in the Catholic community.
Catholic Sabha Director Fr. J. B. Crasta celebrated mass, President Walter Cyril Pinto delivered the welcome address, and Secretary William Machado gave a brief report of the activities of the Catholic Sabha. B. V. Pinto, the high court judge, and Veronica Varnelio, a social worker from Udupi, also addressed the gathering.
Fr. Onil D’Souza of CODP, community leaders Ivan D’Souza and Sushil Noronha, and SP Bojegowda also participated in the convention. A number of representatives from parishes all over the diocese were also present.