By Fr. Richard DSouza
April 12 : Mangalore diocese Pastoral consultation was held from 9 – 11 April 2019 at St Joseph Seminary hall for three days. Pastoral Consultation was inaugurated by Most Rev Dr Peter Paul Saldanha the bishop of Mangalore by honouring the Word of God , reading the word of God and receiving the special blessing of the Bible.
Bishop formally opened the pastoral consultation by giving his keynote address. The priests of the diocese discussed various pastoral issues , problems, concerns , policies of the diocese and various committees were formed.
During the pastoral consultation Mr J R Lobo addressed the gathering regarding the political scenario of our nation.
The book ” Kanoon ani Jeevan ( Konkani ) authored by Fr Francis Alameda, the priest and advocate was unveiled by the bishop.
The priests who celebrated their jubilee of priesthood and life were felicitated by the bishop with shawls and saplings.
The pastoral consultation was concluded with recollection for priests and Chrism Mass.
Bishop in his homily at chrism mass said about triple ministry of a catholic and the relevance of the Ministerial priesthood in the church. He mentioned with examples about the priests who became a good news to the society and the lay faithful.
More than 250 priests took part in the solemn Eucharistic celebration , the diocesan priests renewed their vows and holy oils were consecrated by the Bishop.
Msgr Maxim Noronha the Vicar General of the diocese greeted the bishop on behalf of priests on his Birthday at the last day of the pastoral consultation.
Chrism Mass held at Rosario Cathedral
Photos: Stanly Bantwal