Udupi Diocese first Ordination to Deacon Mahesh D’Souza held at Moodubelle

Richard D’Souza

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 Udupi/Moodubelle : Udupi Diocese opened its first priest with great solemnity and  extremely significant and meaningful  ritual of administering the Sacrament of Ordination to Deacon Mahesh D’Souza of Moodubelle by Bishop of Udupi Diocese Most Rev Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo in St Lawrence Church Moodubelle on Monday, 15th April, 2013.

Prior to the grand occasion, Deacon Mahesh D’Souza accompianed his parents-Frederick and Matilda D’Souza along with the family members followed by around 75 priests from different parishes of Udupi and Mangalore Dioceses along with Bishop Gerald Isaac Lobo came in a grand  procession entering the church through the main door.


The ordination ceremony began with  Deacon Mahesh ascending the altar from the congregation. Rev. Fr. Joseph Martis, Rectors of St. Joseph’s Seminary, Jeppu, Mangalore where Deacon Mahesh had undergone the training for priesthood presented  him to the Bishop saying that Deacon Mahesh had fulfilled all the conditions necessary to be ordained.Following the preliminaries, Deacon Mahesh prostrated in front of the main altar as the choir sang the “Litany of Saints”. Soon after the litany, the Bishop placed his palms on the head of Deacon Mahesh and prayed for the grace of the Holy Spirit on him. All the 81 priests one by one placed their palms on the head of Deacon Mahesh and prayed for the same.

Deacon Mahesh wore the priestly vestments with the help of Rev. Fr. Joswey Fernandes, parish priest of Moodubelle. Thereafter, the Bishop anointed the hands  of  Mahesh  and thereafter handed over to him the paten  on which the host is kept and the chalice symbolizing the priestly responsibility to offer the Eucharistic Mass.

 Having completed these rituals, Deacon Mahesh D’Souza  came to be designated as Fr. Mahesh D’Souza and the Bishop offered him the ‘kiss of peace’. Similarly, all the priests  who participated during the occasion offered the sign of peace to Fr. Mahesh.


Bishop said during his homily that priest is the one chosen by God from among the people to serve them and lead them to  Christ.  The Bishop gave examples from the Old and New Testaments to show how God chose humble persons to be His messengers on earth.

Later, the newly-ordained priest, Rev Fr. Mahesh concelebrated the Mass along with the Bishop. Fr Boniface Pinto, director of Mangala Jyothi, Diocesan Biblical and Catechetical Centre delivered the Liturgy. At the end of the Mass, after the general blessing  by the Bishop, the newly ordained Fr. Mahesh also gave his maiden priestly blessing to the congregation.

After the ordination ceremony there was grand felicitatiom programme organised in Parish Hall. Along with Bishop parents Fredrick D’Souza and Matilda D’Souza, Fr. Lawrence Mascarenhas Vicar of Madanthyar Church, Vicar General Fr. Naptist Menezes, Fr. Joswey Fernandes Parish Priest and parish parished officials were present on the dais.

Parish Parished Vice President Alphonse K. Alva welcomed the gatherings Fr. Mahesh along with his parents and dignitaries on the dais lighted the lamp. Fr. Lawrence Mascarenhas, presently the parish priest of Madanthyar, who,  Fr. Mahesh considers as his inspiration to join priest hood while he was assistant parish priests at Moodubelle  delivered the felicitation oration  highlighting the good qualities and talents of Fr. Mahesh.Fr. Mahesh was felicitated by his parents, by Alphonse K. Alva on behalf of the Moodubelle parish and by Fr. Kiran Pinto-parish  priest of Ajekar where Fr. Mahesh had served as the Deacon. Thereafter, Vicar General Rev. Dr. Baptist Menezes read out the Papal Blessing addressed to Fr. Mahesh and felicitated him. Fr. Joswey Fernandes speaking on behalf of the parish  said that the day would go down in the history of the parish and the diocese as the day when the diocese of Udupi  got the first ordained priest and the Moodubelle parish for having given such a priest to the diocese.

Bishop, Most Rev. Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo  speaking on this occasion thanked Fredrick and Matilda D’Souza for dedicating the second of their three sons to the service of God and His people. He also thanked the Bishop of Mangalore, Most Rev. Dr. Aloysius P. D’Souza for giving priestly training to Fr. Mahesh.After Fr. Mahesh D’Souza was quite emotional while he recalled the role of his parents in supporting him in his vocation. He recalled the help and support rendered to him right from his childhood till the day of his ordination, his grandmother, Lucy D’Souza, relatives,  teachers, friends and well wishers.

Fr Lancy Saldanha, assistant parish priest of Moodubelle compered the programme, Alphonse K Alva, Vice president of Parish Pastoral Council welcomed the gathering. Jacinta D’Souza, secretary of the Parish Pastoral Council delivered the vote of thanks.


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Dr. Cajetan Coelho, Goa, India Wed, April-17-2013, 12:42
Hearty congratulations to Reverend Father Mahesh, his parents, family members and all well wishers. God Bless.
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