Blessing of Kripa Kiran, New Capuchin Friary and Counselling Centre at
Nitte - Karkala, Udupi
A New Capuchin Friary and Counselling Centre was inaugurated at Nitte
Karkala, on April 16, 2021 at 10.30am. Fr John Alwyn Dias the Provincial
Minister of Holy Trinity Province Karnataka, Rev Fr Dolphy Pais former
Provincial Minister, along with councillors inaugurated the Friary by
cutting the ribbon. Most Rev Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo, Bishop of Udupi
Diocese blessed the new Capuchin Friary and the Centre.
A solemn Holy Eucharist was presided by the Bishop, concelebrated by
many Capuchin Friars, diocesan clergy, religious and lay people. Fr
Chetan Lobo, PRO of Udupi Diocese, preached a homily. During the
Eucharist, Bishop blessed the new chapel, sprinkling holy water and
incensing the holy Cross, the Altar and the Tabernacle. The melodious
choir was sung by novices of Farangipet lead by Fr Joel Lopes.
A felicitation program was held in the hall after the Holy Eucharist. On
this occasion Superior of the new Friary, Fr Maxim Pinto welcomed all
the dignitaries namely, Fr Alwyn Dias the Provincial, Most Rev Dr Gerald
Isaac Lobo the Bishop, Fr Paul Melwyn Dsouza the vicar Provincial, Fr
Peter Cyprian the counsellor, Fr George Dsouza Parish Priest of Attur,
Fr. Dolphy Pais former Provincial, and Mr Sathish Panchayat Member.
Mr Sathish, Panchayat Member inaugurated the new counselling centre. Mr.
Jeevan & Mrs Shanthi the donor of the land, Architect, Mr Praveen,
Contractor, Mr Umesh, Mr Ronald Lobo, Mr Sunil were felicitated on this
occasion with shawl, fruit basket and flower basket as a token of
Fr George Dsouza said, “It is good that Capuchins must try to help out
the youth who are studying in Nitte college and contribute to the
wellbeing of the youth and people of surrounding vicinity.”
Bishop in his speech called out the Capuchins to help the families of
Udupi Diocese in counselling, specially the students, youth of
surrounding vicinity in times of problems and mental agony.
Fr Alwyn Dias thanked all those who helped to build the Counselling
Centre specially Mr Jeevan and Mrs Shanthi the Donor of the Land,
Province of Foggia for the economic solidarity, Bishop Gerald Isaac Lobo
for supporting the new venture in the Udupi Diocese, Parish Priest of
Attur Fr George for all the support.
A sumptuous meal was served to all the participants after the event. The
members of ‘Kripa Kiran’ are Fr Maxim Pinto Superior, Fr Manoj Dsouza
Director of Counselling Centre, Fr Sunil the Treasurer and Br Victor the
Report by Fr Stephen Dsouza, Capuchin
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