The Mangalorean Milagres Society of Bandra Mumabi celebrated Centenery Jubilee at Kallianpur

Richard D’Souza
Sany Digital Studio, Kalmady
Kemmannu News Network, 23-10-2012 05:57:21

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Kallianpur : The Centenery Celebration of the Mangalorean Milagres Society Bandra, Mumbai was held at Milagres Cathedral, Kallianpur on Sunday, 21st October, 2012. The solomn high mass was held at Milagres Cathedral which celebrated by Udupi Diocese Bishop V. Rev Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo along with V. Rev Fr. Stany B. Lobo Rector of Udupi Diocese Cathedral, Rev Fr. Fredrick D’Souzas Vicar of Thottam church and Rev Fr. Agnelo D’Souza Director of Pilar Fathers Kallianpur.

During the mass Bishop released hymns books which donated by Milagres Society of Mumbai to the cathedral. Vicar of the cathedral Fr. Stany Lobo congralulated all members of the society for the centenery celebration.

The centenary celebration social gathering and get to gather was held at Milagres Tri-

centenery Hall after the mass which was presided by the Bishop of Udupi Diocese V. Rev Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo. V. Rev Fr. Stany B. Lobo was the chief guest during the occasion. Due to the ill health Bishop of Mangalore Diocese V. Rev. Dr. Aloysious Paul D’souza not present during the occasion who supposed to present. Other honourable guests Dr. Nery Cornelio Principal of Milagres College, Pius Vaz Advocate for Mumbai High Court, Rev Fr. Fredrick D’Souza of Thottam Church, Stany D’Souza President of the Club i.e. Society, General Secretary Charles P. Periera were present on the dais.

The origin of the Mangalorean Milagres Society was Kallianpur Milagres Club has completed 100 years of its existence which dates back in 1913. In early 20th century, people from christian community of Mangalore diocese came to Mumbai specially from Kallianpur in search of jobs to earn their livelihood. They were poor, undereducated and their living condition was so bad that they had to live without a proper roof over their head and few of them even resided in garages, which compelled them either to take a job as domestic help or to go back to their native place. Looking at such living condition, our forefathers joined hands and planned to have a cheaper and common accommodation for them and their country cousins coming especially from Kallianpur Milagres Parish and its periphery. This helped them take up better jobs rather than working as domestic helps.

The credit goes to "three wise men", Late Peter Pereira, Late Peter D’Souza and late Paul Oliveira, who were instumental in starting this Society and the Kallianpur Milagres Club was born in the year 1913 in Mumbai, dedicated to the Parish Patroness of Kallianpur Church, Our Lady of Miracles. The Club became not only plafce for such people to reside, but also to meet each other and share their joys and worries. Later on, few other illustrious people of imagination with determined will, great vision and selfishessness promoted this Club.

Initially, this Club was housed in a small rented room called "Lood" at Bandra West. As time rolled by, the number of members gres, which compelled that a larger place be found, and the Club moved to a larger place at Bandra West. The then Management also realized that there were more people from other places to share the Club, therefore, it was renamed "Mangalorean Milagres Club" and the same name was retained till its registration in 1959. Its membership was thrown open to all catholics from Mangalore Diocese.

In the year 1913 Kallianpur Milagres Club was borned and in 1958 General Body decided to register the club and also negotiated to buy a peice of land for the club. The Club was registered by name " The Mangalorean Milagres Society" Contract to buy the plot at 81, Hill Road Bandra, was signed and subsequently, the office of the Society  and part of resident members were shifted to the new premises at 81, Hill Road, Bandra on Easter Sunday.

In the year 1974 Diamond Jubilee was celebrated with great sucess and 1979 foundation stone laid for new building called Milagres House which was inaugurated in 1981. In the year 1988 Platinum Jubilee was celebrated. In the year 2009 vertical extension of the building was completed. Meanwhile same year in August plot of land admeasuring about 3acres at Shankerpura Udupi as purchases for establishing a Home for the Aged.

The present office bearers of the "Mangalorean Milagres Society" as under:-

President - Stany D’Souza, Vice President Peter Rebeirro of Gangulli, General Secretary Charles P Periera of Katpady, Joint secretaries Anthony Sequeira of Milagres Kallianpur and Ashok Sequiera of Mangalore. Treasurer Robert Mascarenhas of Mangalore and Assit Treasurer is Nelish Suares of Milagres Kallianpur. Meanwhile Arthur Vaz of Thottam and Ronald Menezes of Shirva are serving represnetatives from Native place.

At present there are 1090 members are registered in the Club which around 60 members are residing now. During the Cenetenery celebration at Milagres Tri-centenery Hall Dr. Nery Cornelio and Ronald Menezes were spoke during the occasion. V. Rev Fr. Stany Lobo blessed the occasion. Bishop Gerlad Isaac Lobo said that we should looking forward to be a number one diocese not only in Karnataka but in India. We should build on trust to upgrade our people and should work for the development of our society.

During the occasion Bishop was felicitated by the club officials. Meanwhile old members also felicitated by the present officials of the Club.

 Entertainment programme also held during the occasion with Music and songs by Carrol  Groups.Mini short jokes and skit by Alwyn Danthi Pernal was also held during the occasion.

Earlier Ronald Menezes welcomed the gatherings and Stany D’Souza proposed vote of thanks. Devoted and noted Leslie Aroza compered the programme beautifully with great fun and joy.

 Report by Richard D’Souza, Pics by Sany Digital Studio, Kalmady

Comments on this Article
Charles P. Pereira, Katapady/ Mumbai Sat, October-27-2012, 6:17
Thank u Mr. Richard D’Souza For the Report and the coverage.
MARK OLIVEIRA, KEMMANNU/MUMBAI Wed, October-24-2012, 10:37
thanks to for publishing the programme. We are lucky to celebrate our programme in Kallianpur Milagres which name our club had started 100 yrs ago. we pray to mother mary milagres to help us in our future ventures.
Rajesh, Malpe Mon, October-22-2012, 6:18
Congratulations to Milagres Club, I know that many people got benefitted with this club and its having a wonderful reputation, keep it up and with you all the best.
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