On the occasion of the Gandhi Jayanthi the regional commission for the laity had invited all the elected members of Gram panchayat from 14 dioceses of Karnataka for one day SAMAVESH at Rosario cultural hall on 2nd October 2015. The Samavesh was organized by the Regional Laity commission of Bishops conference of Karnataka along with the diocesan laity commission of Mangalore.
Most Rev Dr Bernard Moras the Archbishop of Bangalore, Most Rev Dr Aloysius Paul Souza, Bishop of Mangalore, Most Rev Dr Lawrence Mukkuzhy the Bishop of Belthangady, Most Rev Dr Geevarghese Mar Divannasios, Bishop of Puttur Most Rev Dr Francis Serrao, Bishop of Shimoga, and the Chairman of the laity commission Most Rev Dr Peter Machado were present.
Sri Oscar Fernandes, the Member of Rajya Sabha, Mr J.R Lobo, the local MLA, Sri Ivan D Souza, and MLC Smt Jacintha Alfred the Mayor of Mangalore city corporation were present. Sri Oscar Fernandes in his speech said that the values of Gandhi must be inculcated in order to serve our people better. He also said that if we are responsible at the village level then we are more responsible at the national level.
Mr J R Lobo in his introductory talk said that we have to and serve all people irrespective of caste, creed and religion and then only natural leadership will be developed. Elected representatives should have knowledge of his/her rights and duties, and control over his/her speech and should have disciplined in life.
Mr William D’Souza the director of MYKAPS from Mysore spoke on the availability of the facilities from the Gram Panchayat. Mr John Bosco a social worker from PMSC of Mysore spoke on the duties and the responsibilities of a gram Panchayat. Mr Roy Castelino the President of Konkani Shaihtya Academy and Mr M.P.Noronha the Syndicate member of Mangalore University moderated the session respectively.
At the concluding session Mr Ivan D Souza MLC said that to achieve our goal one has try hard in spite of difficulties. Mrs. Jacintha Alfred the Mayor of the city advised the elected members to render their service to the people in their respective wards with courage. Most Rev Dr Bernard Moras the Archbishop of Bangalore and Most Rev Aloysius D Souza the Bishop of Mangalore. At the same time the Archbishop honored the, MLA, MLCs and the Mayor and all the elected representatives of 14 diocese of Karnataka. In his presidential address the Bishop of Mangalore said that the elected members must render their services to the society specially to the down trodden with the spirit of Jesus.
A short play on ‘Ideal Administration’ was enacted by the members of ‘SAMSARA’ group of B.C Road the same arranged by Fr Oswald Monteiro.
The Samavesh began with a prayer dance directed by Sister Anthony Mary UFS followed by a prayer service led by Fr Paul Sebastian D Souza assistant Parish Priest of Cathedral parish. A floral tribute was offered to Gandhi’s Photo by the dignitaries and the elected representatives. Most Rev Dr Peter Machado the Regional Chairman of the Laity commission welcomed the gathering and Rev Fr Arul Selva Kumar, proposed vote of thanks. Mr Aloysius D Souza compared the programme. The Regional joint secretary to the Laity Commission, Mrs. Clara Fernandes and Fr J.B.Crasta the diocesan laity commission were present.