Mangaluru, Mar 05, 2018: In line with the Catholic churches world policy, Canara Catholic Women’s Convention-2018 was held at St Agnes Special School Ground Mangaluru, Sunday, March 4. Sr Lillis BS, assistant superior general, Bethany congregation inaugurated the programme. Anil Lobo, president, Catholic Sabha Mangaluru Pradesh delivered introductory message.
Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza, Bishop of Mangaluru in his presidential address lauded women’s role in taking Catholic community forward.
MLC Ivan D’Souza , MLA J R Lobo, Veronica Cornelio, secretary, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee addressed the gathering.
Ten women achievers of the society who worked from the grassroots level in agriculture, business, health, social service, education, literature, sports, government service, professionals and specially-abled person categories were conferred the ’Catholic Sabha Sthree Sadhan Award 2018’.
’Striyarigagi Sarakara’, a book containing information of government schemes for women, authored by Prof Steven Quadros was released on the occasion.
Albert D’Souza, chairman, Model Co-Operative Society, Mumbai flagged off distribution of Catholic Sabha Lifetime membership card. The choir groups led by Alwyn D’Cunha Derebail and Melwyn Peris, Angelore provided the music and congratulatory song.
Before the inaugural ceremony, ’Save Environment’ rally was held from Kadri-Mallikatta to the venue. Pius L Rodrigues, member, Karnataka Pollution Control Board, inaugurated the rally. Thousands of women, students and members of Catholic Sabha participated in the rally.
Queeny Mishel D’Costa, assistant commissioner, customs and central excise; advocate M P Noronha, secretary of Mangaluru diocese pastoral council; Rev Francis D’Souza, Mathew Vas, director, Catholic Sabha; Celestine D Souza, general secretory; Sharal D’Souza, convenor, Sthree Sanghatan; Valerian R Fernandes, president, Catholic Sabha, Udupi; Terry Pais, president, Sthree Mandali and others were present. The event attracted high public and media attention.