Mangalore, Sep 22, 2014: The Vice-Prez of India, Sri Hammed Ansari arrived in the Mangalore city along with his wife and participated in the valedictory ceremony of Catholic Association of South Kanara (CASK) on the evening of September 21 at the Milagres Jubilee hall.
He was received at the Mangalore International Airport by governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala who welcomed him with a bouquet. Minister for forests and district incharge Ramanath Rai, mayor Mahabala Maarla, DC A B Ibrahim, police commissioner R Hitendra. The security thorough his stay was heavy.
Speaking at the valedictory of CASK- Catholic Association of South Kanara centenary celebrations The Vice Prez said that the association had carried out public service and preached human values of love, compassion, forgiveness and charity. He applauded the association for its work over the last century, Mr. Ansari urged the association to expand its work into skill development and employment generation.
The country has been facing many challenges, of which none is bigger than poverty and unemployment, he pointed out. He expressed his pleasure over the good work and contribution of Christians in the country over the decades.
Sri Ansari expressly said, Our land is blessed to have almost all the great religions, coexisting peacefully and prospering here, for centuries. Christianity is one of the great religions of the world. We received its divine message in 52 AD when the Apostle St Thomas is believed to have landed in the Malabar coast. He further added that the contribution of the Christian church in social and charitable work in our country, especially in education and health sectors, has been particularly noteworthy. CASK has carried on the legacy of public service for the good of the region particularly. For this end Mahatma Gandhi called Jesus Christ the greatest teacher humanity has ever had, he said.
Karnataka Governor, Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala lauding CASK said that its contributions must inspire individuals to contribute to the society. He said Christians like Mother Teresa have uplifted India in the good for humanity. He expressed his view that all people whether Hindi, Muslim, Christian, Sikh or any other were all Indians here and equal. Harmony is the target always.
Bishop of Mangalore and patron of CASK, Rev. Aloysius Paul D’Souza, in his address, urged the association to focus on training community members to enter the Civil Services. Not many members of the community are in the Civil Services, though the community has been doing fairly well in other aspects, he said. The association should harness good talents to serve the country education and welfare should be the aim of all.
There were very few IAS/IFS officer from the Catholic community now than in decades pased. Now the community must renew its work on education to produce more high caliber officers. We must sacrifice and do every good thing for the betterment of the Catholic community.
"His said the founder his predecessor Bishop Perini in 1914 launched the Association to bring out the good in the community for the region and the people. He added the blessing the founder patron gave CASK a century ago is renewed to last a century ahead and more - "Shathayushi Bhava".
On the occasion, the centenary souvenir and special postal cover were released. Vice-President Ansari also released the centenary souvenir of CASK, compiled by noted writer and columnist John B Monteiro. District in-charge Minister Ramanath Rai and Chief Post Master General, Karnataka, M.S. Ramanujan were present.
Ambassador Eric Gonsalves former IFS officer spoke highlighting the Mangalorean Konkani Community through the ages from its sojourn along the Saraswathi river and along the West coast. He exponded the goodness they have spread irrespective of their religion through most countries world wide.
Association president Derek Lobo said that he association proposed to promote blood, organ and whole body donations in collaboration with Father Muller Hospital as part of the centenary celebrations. It intends to develop the hospital as a major hub for harvesting, storing and transplanting of organs.
CASK President Dr. Derek Lobo said that the association has set up an education fund and awarded Rs. 5000 scholarship this year to 100 students, irrespective of their religion, in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts for purchase of books. It has also conducted personality development programmes for students and is sponsoring one Home for the Homeless promoted by the Diocese of Mangalore at a poor parish. A hundred scholarships were awarded to deserving candidates by CASK.
A book on Mahatma Gandhi titled ’Gandhichem Parzollik Fuddarponn’ by J V Carlo, a Konkani translation of ’Gandhi’s Outstanding Leadership’ by Pascal Alan Nazareth, published by Kavita Trust was released by the bishop.
Well known author and entrepreneur Ms.Giselle Meheta-Lobo, composed the CASK Anthem which was rendered tastefully by the music group. Prof Geralyn Pinto recited a poem on CASK CENTENARY.
CASK president Dr Derek Lobo welcomed while secretary Capt John Prasad Menezes proposed the vote of thanks. The event witnessed cultural programmes and community interaction which highlighted the goodness of a hundred years.