Mangaluru, Aug 27,2018: As matters for the impending ordination and inaugural of the new bishop of Mangalore Diocese, Rev Dr Perter Paul Saldaha, on September 15, gathers momentum to the operations stage, an office to co-ordinate all facets of the operations was formally opened at the venue, Rosario Cathedral, on August 26, Sunday, evening with key representatives of the various committees and the present Bishop Rev Dr. Aloysius Pauk D’Souza present with dignitaries and is a notable event.
Oscar Fernandes, MP and former union minister cut the ribbon amidst song and prayer. Rev Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza, bishop of Mangaluru, blessed the office and declared it is open. M A Gafoor, chairman, Minority Committee , J R Lobo, former MLA, Ivan D’Souza, MLC, Fr J B Crasta, inaugural coordinator, Corporators Naveen D’Souza, Sabitha Misquith, former mayor Jacintha Alfred, Fr Vijay Victor, PRO, Mangaluru diocese, Susheel Noronha, convenor, publicity committee , advocate M P Noronha, secretary of diocesan parish council and coordinator of the consecration ceremony,were present.
In his brief appreciation of the organizing profile, MP Oscar said, “September 15, will be a historic day in the annals of Mangalore, The new bishop will be annointed and will assume office. This central operations office, is an appreciable thought for the many preparations and all the minute work that will go into it’s success. Over 10 thousand are expected to witness the ordination, not only Catholics from the city but from all over the district, state and beyond. This central office will help various committees and responsible people to coordinate with each other. It is the fruit of experience and interest on the part of our dear Bisop here now, who has served this diocese for 22 years, even before it was bifurcated to form Udupi diocese too. His interest in preparing all matters to welcome the new bishop in a most fitting manner are beyond all description. Mangalore diocese over the years has been built up as a very active and forward catholic centre. It has contributed many Priest, religious and even the highest number of Bishops all over the sub continent and over seas too,".
Bishop Dr Aloysius spoke appreciating the work put in by the organisation committee and it’s leaders, stressed that ordination of the bishop is not only important to Christians, but to entire church and state and further. We hope to leave no effort to organise in a very solemn and joy filled manner. It is a land mark event here, but within the norms of the stature of the church. This event, should glorify the almighty God; and by His grace bring down all blessings for the future good of the Diocese and all people of the region and country. The celebration is chiefly religious and will keep in mind the suffering of those who are facing natural calamities here.
Preparatory meet with Minister :
Earlier the previous day, August 25, Saturday; District-In-charge Minister U T Khader convened a meeting of all officers in preparation for the Episcopal ordination of the new Bishop of Mangaluru.
The ordination of the Bishop will be held on September 15 at Rosario Cathedral Church grounds in Mangaluru.
Speaking on the occasion, U T Khader said, “After a gap of 22 years, Mangaluru is again witnessing a historic event of the ordination of a new bishop. On September 15, every road in the city will lead to Rosario Cathedral. It is the government’s duty to maintain law and order and help the public in witnessing the event.”
Khader said the officials should give priority to traffic, water supply and cleanliness. Traffic will be managed by the Police Department while cleanliness and water supply will be looked after by the city corporation. He instructed Mescom to ensure there is no disruption in power supply. KSRTC can deploy additional buses if necessary.
M P Noronha, the coordinator of the event illustrated the role of a Bishop in the society, who is vested with legislative, executive and judicial power in the entire diocese. “He is the head of all Catholic churches, colleges, schools, hospitals, ashrams and other organizations who contribute around 50 % of services in our society,” he added.