Photos and report by: Fr Anil Fernandes, CCC
MANGALORE, MARCH 24 : Mangalore Christian Council (MCC), Commission for Ecumenism, Diocese of Mangalore and CSI-KSD, Dakshina Kannada Area Council jointly organised Ecumenical Pastors’ Fellowship on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at Sahodaya Karnataka Theological College, Balmatta, Mangalore.
The fellowship began with singing of a few worship hymns led by Fr Suraj Lobo, Fr Ronson Pinto and Rev. Adrian Deepak.
Rev. Dr Hubert Manohar Watson, Principal, KTC, Balmatta preached on the Word of God. “Journeying with the Lord is the first step in becoming a Christ’s follower,” said Dr Watson.
Further he said, “In this regard, one should have a clear understanding of Jesus Christ. Jesus did not come to establish a religion. Instead, He propagated a Way of Life. Being a Christian means walking the Way of Life of Jesus. One need not be discouraged by the troubled times those are surrounding today. For, Jesus went through rejection, agony, pain and suffering from the people of his time and died for the human kind. When we live for Jesus Christ today, He fills us with His hope to become his witnesses,” he added.
Rev. Fr Clifford Fernandes, Secretary, MCC & Commission for Ecumenism welcomed the gathering.
Rev. Fr Francis Assisi Almeida, Director, Sandesha Foundation, Mangalore addressed the current issues at the legal background.
Later, Rev. Dr J. B. Saldanha PRO, Diocese of Mangalore moderated the Q&A session.
Rev. Fr Rupesh Madtha, Event Co-ordinator proposed the vote of thanks.
Rev. Prabbaraj Area Chairman, CSHSD DK Area said the grace before the meals.
Rev. Dr Sandeep Theophil, Secretary, MCC, Rev. Fr Vincent Monteiro, parish priest, Bendur and Dean of Episcopal City Deanery and Rev. Fr James D’Souza, parish priest of Vamanjoor and Dean of City Deanery, Mangalore Diocese, priests and pastors from the city parishes and ok institutions were present among the many.