Mangaluru, Sept 18, 2023: The Holy Cross Church of Kulshekar in Mangaluru, famously known as ‘Cordel Church’ marked a significant milestone as it celebrated its post-centenary golden jubilee on Sunday. The celebratory Mass was officiated by the Most Reverend Dr. Peter Paul Saldanha, the Bishop of the Mangalore Diocese. Joining him were several esteemed clergy members, including Reverend Father James D’Souza, the Dean of the Mangalore City Episcopal Varado, Reverend Father Clifford Fernandes, the Parish Priest of Cordel Church, as well as Assistant Parish Priests Father Ivan Cordeiro and Father Paul D’Souza, along with other guest priests.
During the occasion, Bishop Saldanha delivered a powerful sermon and offered his blessings to the gathered congregation. The event saw the participation of numerous religious priests, religious sisters, members of Kulashekar Church, and devoted followers from various other congregations who came together to join in the celebrations.
Following the Holy Mass, a special felicitation ceremony took place, where a total of 103 individuals were honored. This distinguished group included past and present parish priests, as well as assistant priests who had faithfully served at Cordel Church, and clergy members who had strong ties to the church.
In a heartfelt gesture, Bishop Peter Paul Saldanha was recognized for completing five years as the pontiff of the Mangaluru Diocese during the festivities. He took the opportunity to commend the tireless efforts of both current and former priests of Cordel Church in nurturing the spiritual needs of the parishioners.
In conclusion, Parish Priest Father Clifford Fernandes extended his gratitude and congratulations to everyone who had contributed to the success of the 150-year celebration. The event was a poignant reminder of the church’s rich history and its ongoing commitment to serving the faithful.