The construction work for diocese pastoral council center begins with blessings by Bishop

Richard D’Souza
Kemmannu News Network, 29-11-2018 17:59:55

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Udupi : The construction work of the Pastoral Centre of the Udupi diocese began with blessings of land, prayer service and laid foundation stone of the project at Kakkunje Ward of CMC, Udupi, near Ambagilu and Santhekatte Kallianpur here on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.


The ceremony began with prayer service conducted by Rev Fr. Stephen D’Souza, Director of Divya Jyothi along with Very Rev Fr. Stany B. Lobo, Chancellor of Udupi diocese, Rev Fr. Herald Pereira Coordinator of 18 Commissions of Udupi diocese and Alphonse D’Costa, Secretary of Diocesan Pastoral council.

After the prayer service, Bishop Most Rev Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo blessed the entire construction site of around 1acre land with sprinkling Holy water.


In his brief address, Bishop said that it would be great day for the diocese that with the help of John B Cornelio and family, the project work of diocesan pastoral centre is began. The things not happened with our thinking, it would be God’s vision to start said project here after some years. The family of John B Cornelio has donated one acre of land to the diocese to construct the project which will be the plan of the God. Our Lady of Miracles through Jesus helping us to construct the pastoral council centre here.


Bishop gave gratitude to the Cornelio family and always prays for Cornelio families intentions during his prayers. This beautiful land donated by Cornelio family while most experienced three engineers will assist the diocese with free of cost. They are Felix Albuquerque of Mangaluru, Deepak D’Souza of Mangaluru and Sandeep Almeida.




He appreciated the locals of our community for their whole hearted support in all the time. Even though sick, the person helped Bishop during his site visit which was one the middle of the day. Bishop said that he have confident that under the blessings of Our Lady of Miracles and St Anthony, the project of diocesan pastoral council will complete as soon as possible.

Earlier Msgr. Baptist Menezes in his address said that the dream of diocesan pastoral centre to be realized soon. After the installation of the Udupi diocese six years ago, our diocese has not able to provide basis infrastructure for the new diocese. Our Bishop has worked tirelessly to provide the same for the new diocese. But now, with the help of John B. Cornelio family, the dream of our Bishop to have diocesan pastoral council centre is going to be a reality soon. Msgr Baptist Menezes then welcomed the all gatherings during the occasion.



Very Rev Fr. Valerian Mendonca, Dean of Udupi deanery proposed vote of thanks. Rev Fr. Herald Periera compared the programme.

Dean of Kundapur Deanery Very Rev Fr. Stany Tauro, Rev Fr Dr. Leslie D’Souza, parish priest of Mount Rosary Church, Rev Fr. Alban D’Souza, parish priest of Stella Maris Church, Kalmady, Rev Fr. Roshan Menezes Capuchin, Episcopal Vicar for Religious, Rev Fr. Edwin D’Souza Director of Youth Commission and parish priest of Belman church, Rev Fr. Dr. Prakash Anil Castalino, Campus Director of Milagres College and parish priest of Kolalgiri church, Rev Fr. Reginald Pinto Director of Sampada,  Rev Fr. Romeo Lewis, Rev Fr. Charles Mendonca of Basrur Church, Dr. Nery Cornelio and Smt Felciana Lewis Vice President and Secretary of Milagres parish pastoral council, Baptist Dias and Ronald Saldanha Vice president and Secretary of Mount Rosary Church, local ward gurkars and other were present during the occasion.


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