The mortal remains of Oscar Fernandes brought to Udupi Church for final rites


Richard D’Souza
Kemmannu News Network, 14-09-2021 13:10:16


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Udupi : The sitting Rajya Sabha member, former minister in the UPA Union government, Senior Congress leader, four decades as an Member of Parliament and two time member of Rajya Sabha and close associate of Gandhi family Oscar Fernandes mortal remains were brought to Udupi today on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.

 

 

The mortal remains were brought to Mother of Sorrows Church which Oscar’s native parish which received by the Bishop of Udupi diocese Most Rev Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo and the priests of the diocese. At the outset, Kota Srinivas Poojary, Minister of State government, various political leaders, Kurma Rao M., deputy commissioner of Udupi district, Vishnuvardhan N Superintendent of Police, Udupi district CEO of Zilla Panchayat Dr. Naveen Bhat Y and other officials of the government paid their last respect at the entrance of the church.

Later, the funeral mass was concelebrated by Bishop Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo, Very Rev Fr. Charles Menezes, Vicar and parish priest of Mother of Sorrow Church, Very Rev Fr. Valerian Mendonca, Rector of Milagres Cathedral, Very Rev Fr. Alban D’souza Rector of St Lawrence Minor Basilica, Attur, Karkala and other priests.

In his homage, Fr. Valerian Mendonca said that Oscar Fernandes, a native of Udupi rendered selfless service for the society and common people who not with us and left for the heavenly abode. The tragedy of life is not that we die but being alive and seeing a noble person like Oscar who used his talents gifted by the God almighty. In the line with example set by Jesus, Oscar used God given talents to the service of the society and we pray to God to accept him in His heavenly abode. God provided us with a good leader with multiple talents along with politics. May God provide him eternal rest and taking his example may many more leaders come forward and serve the society, Fr Valerian said.

 

 

U. T. Khadar MLA and former minister, J R Lobo former MLA, Pramod Madhwaraj former minister, Pratapchandra Shetty MLC and former Chairman of legislative council, Ivan D’souza AICC Secretary and former MLC, Ashok Kumar Kodavoor President of Udupi district Congress Committee, M A Gafoor secretary of KPCC and other leaders were present during the final rites at the church and the mass.

The mortal remains after taken to his ancestor home at Ajjarkad and there prayer services held which conducted by Fr. Fredrick D’Souza, Parish Priest of Manipal Church.

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