Aug 13, 2016: Most Rev Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza, Bishop of Mangalore offered Holy Mass at the Institutes on 13-08-2016 at 6.30 am. followed by blessing of the miracle scene of Saint Antony preaching to the fishes. It can be recalled that in the thirteenth century when Anthony was preaching to the people the Albigenses(heretics) obstructed people from attending his preaching. Seeing the indifference of people Anthony went to the riverside called Rimini.
There he called out to the fishes and preached the word of God. The fishes rushed to the surface of the water and listened to Anthony’s preaching with interest. The fishes departed only when Anthony blessed them. This miraculous incident well depicted in the scene constructed at the Institutes. Mr Walter Pinto who constructed the scene was honoured on the occasion.
The blessing of the miracle scene is followed by whole day adoration of the Blessed Sacrament conducted by Fr Stany Monteiro, Parish Priest of Bambil, Br Davis(Davanagere), Br Robert(Hasan), Br Cyril(Bangalore). The adoration is held to pray for the leaders, bureaucrats and people of the nation on the occasion of Independence Day. Prayers are offered for special intention of getting freedom from slavery of poverty, illiteracy, corruption, unemployment and such other social evils.
Fr Onil D’Souza, Director of the Institutes; Fr Francis D’Souza, the administrator and Fr Peter Gonsalves, the asst director were present on the occasion with large number of Saint Anthony’s devotees.