Ordination of seven
Capuchin deacons and a deacon of Bareilly Diocese at St Anne’s Friary
Mangaluru, April 15, 2021: Bishop of Mangalore diocese, Rev Dr Peter
Paul Saldanha ordained seven deacons of capuchin order and a deacon of
Bareilly diocese to the priesthood at Divine Mercy retreat centre, St
Anne’s Friary, Bejai Mangaluru on Thursday at 10.30 am. More than 100
clergymen, a large number of people, religious nuns, well-wishers and
benefactors gathered for the solemn celebration.
The solemn Eucharistic celebration presided over by the Bishop most Rev
Dr Peter Paul Saldanha. Concelebrated by Fr Alwyn Dias Provincial
Minister of Holy Trinity Province of Karnataka, Fr Paul Melwyn Dsouza
vicar provincial, Fr Robin Dsouza and Fr Peter Cyprian Dsouza Provincial
Councillors, Fr Sunil Crasta Rector of Minor Seminary Bareilly Diocese,
a large number of Capuchin Priests and diocesan and religious priests.
The melodious choir was sung by novices and parishioners of Uliya, lead
by Fr Joel Lopez. Fr Ravi Rajesh was the MC for the liturgy.
In his homily and instructions to new the priests Bishop emphasized the
importance of Priesthood and their ministry to the Church. He said “A
priest is not meant for telling stories and poems but to preach the word
of God. A priest is a priest in Christ forever and minister of the
sacraments. He has to be well prepared to give up and live in accordance
with the vows and God’s inspiration.”
After the Rite of Ordination, the promise of obedience to the Bishop,
prostrating and seeking help of the saints, laying on of hands invoking
the Holy Spirit, anointing of the Hands, offering of chalice and host as
a symbol of receiving gifts an offering from the people and finally the
Kiss of Peace given by the Bishop then Holy Eucharist proceeded with
eight new priests concelebrating along with the Bishop.
The newly ordained priests are Fr Sandeep Dsouza of Koppa Parish, Fr
Michael Abilash Periera of Neermarga Parish, Fr Ajith Noronha of
Jogfalls Parish, Fr Lenson Lawerence Lobo of Ferrar Parish, Fr Ivan
Pinto of Pezar Parish, Fr Francis Wilson Dsouza of Kulshekar Parish, Fr
Anston Lawerence of Barkur Parish and Fr Santhosh Crasta of Bareilly
A felicitation program was organized to honor and congratulate Newly
Ordained Priests and their family members compered by Fr Jason Pais. Fr
Paul Melwyn Dsouza welcomed the gathering. Fr Alwyn Dias and Fr Paul
Melwyn Dsouza felicitated the newly ordained priests and their parents.
Fr Alwyn Dias in his speech appreciated the parents and the family of
the eight new priests for their generosity in presenting their sons to
serve God and the Church. He appreciated the contribution of all the
mentors and their benefactors. Bishop in his speech asked the new
priests to be prophetic in the proclamation of Gospel and to give life
witness to the people.
The new priest, Fr Santhosh Crasta of Bareilly Diocese and Fr Sandeep
Dsouza expressed their deep sentiments of gratitude on behalf of all the
new priests. It was indeed a great day for all present and a day that
will remain memorable in the annals of the newly ordained priests all
through their lives in the great service of God and the church .
Report by Fr Stephen Dsouza, Capuchin
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