‘Amcho Padryab Alfred Roche’ remembered in a unique way in Bengaluru.

Report and Photographs by Stephen Lewis, Bangalore.
Kemmannu News Network, 11-10-2018 15:42:48

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‘Amcho Padryab Alfred Roche’ remembered in a unique way in Bengaluru.

St Peters Association Barkur – Bengaluru organized a special program to remember their son of the soil, native Barkurian Capuchin Priest on Sunday 7th October, 2018 at ‘Sacchitananda’, Capuchins Provincialate at Dr. Rajkumar Road, Rajaji Nager, Bangalore.
Thanks giving High Mass were celebrated at 10.45 am, by Rev. Fr. Albert Lewis, OFM Cap – Dean, Institute of Theology, Kengeri Bangalore, and in his meaningful homily paid rich tributes to Fr. Roche with his personal three simple but distinct experiences. He also emphasized on the family life, its values and how it influence vocations……Capuchins Friars Rev. Fr. Patrick Crasta, Shanti Sadhana FISI, Rev. Fr. Robin Victor D’Souza, Superior in the Provincialate, Fr. Deepak Fernandes, Secretary to Capuchin Provincial, Karnataka  concelebrated.

Immediately after the Holy Mass a Get Together was organized. President of SPA Mr. Peter Pinto, warmly welcomed the guests and briefed the purpose and need of such meetings to respect and recognize our own holy man, who is on his way to sainthood.
Rev. Fr. Patrick Crasta explained the process of beatification and efforts of Capuchins and laity alike  in this direction. There was an exhibition of books written by Fr. Roche, himself in 1952 Niskolpon, and few others by various people like Fr. Patrick Crasta, Fr. Santa Lopez, Mr. John Crasta with other prayer leaflets etc. were distributed. He also lauded the recent publication Amcho Padryab edited by Mr. Archibald Furtado, Barkur, a treasure of almost 150 pages, highlighting the life and living, with various witnesses, narratives of Fr. Alfred and historical milestones of the region etc. A short documentary on Fr. Alfred Roche is under production and requested the gathering to share and send copies of photographs, any special experiences, involvement by way of financial contributions with the organizers and invited all to attend a special celebration in Brahmmavar, Holy Family Church on 28th December, 2018, marking 22nd death anniversary of this holy servant of God and his men.

It has been reported from far and near, as various favors were received, deceases cured by Almighty Lord through the intercession of Fr. Roche…and Bengaluru too is not an exception and Mr. Augustine D’Lima, Lawrence Sequeira, Stephen Lewis, James Sequeira and Mrs. Alice Roche shared their personal experiences of miraculous cure of deceases and evoked emotions of the people.
Mr. Archibald Furtado shared his experiences with Barkurians and how an invisible hand of Fr. Roche is working through various people, especially Mr. James Fernandes, USA, and the SPA Mumbai and appreciated the unique initiatives of SPA Bengaluru as a team to promote the cause of holy Barkurian.

Superior and In Charge of the Karnataka regional provincialate Rev. Fr. Robin Victor D’Souza, in his message, expressed his satisfaction and contentment in the involvement and participation in the divine mission and ensured Capuchins co-operation at all times.
Mrs. Janet D’Souza proposed vote of thanks and Mr. James Sequeira, the man who worked behind the screens, aptly compered the whole event. A fellowship buffet Lunch was served and the program come to a close at 3.00 p.m. Around 75 people, especially Barkurians, from different parts of Bengaluru, attended the  event had a broad smile and satisfaction while returning to their respective homes…..

Comments on this Article
James Fernandes, Barkur/Chicago Fri, October-12-2018, 12:22
Dhanyavaad. Thanks K.Com; Nobody has eradicated poverty, sickness, or ignorance, but saintly persons like Late Fr. Alfred Roche have helped mitigate. Praise the Bhagavaans.
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