Witness to Jesus in humble, selfless, caring service, says Archbishop Neri
12th February 2019, 03:25 Hrs
the goan I network
Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão on Sunday emphasised the need to deepen one’s faith in Jesus and witness him through humble, selfless and caring service to those who are underprivileged and those those who are on the peripheries of society.
Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão was presiding over the Eucharistic clelebration to mark 400 years of Discalced Carmelite presence in India at the Se Cathedral, Old Goa.
Bishop Emeritus of Mangalore Aloysius Paul D’Souza, Bishop of Karwar Derek Fernandes, Superior General Dr Saverio Cannistra, General Definitor for India Dr Johannes Gorantla, Assistant Superior General Dr Agusti Borrel, Superior General of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate Dr Paul Anchandy, Provincial of Karnataka-Goa province Fr Charles Serrao, Convenor of the Steering Committee for the Celebrations of 400 years of Carmelites presence in India Dr Archibald Gonsalves and 208 priests concelebrated the Eucharist.
Stating that God has blessed the entire church in India through the presence of Carmelites, Archbishop Ferrão asked the entire Carmelite family to continue their service to the Church.
“Our faith in Jesus should lead us to the radical transformation in world and in those around us,” the archbishop added.
Assistant to the Parish Priest of Se Cathedral, Fr Seby Vaz who led the liturgical singing during the Eucharist, express his words of gratitude on behalf of Parish Priest and the parishioners.
Br Jeswin Benoy of the Karnataka-Goa province was the liturgical commentator, while Fr Sylvestre D’Souza and Fr Joaquim Rodrigues animated the liturgy. Convenor of the steering committee Dr Archibald Gonsalves spoke on the occasion
Cardinal George Alencherry was the chief guest for the programme after the mass, while Archbishop Ferrao, Bishop Fernandes and Bishop Emeritus D’Souza were guests of honour.
Cardinal Alencherry released the new book ‘The first foundation of Carmel in India’ authored by John Marshal. A coffee table book and a souvenir were released by Bishop Derek Fernandes and Fr Paul Anchanady.
President of Inter-Province Conference of India, Fr Charles Serrao welcomed the gathering, while Definitor General Dr Johannes Gorantla proposed the vote of thanks.
This was followed by light and sound programme Solo Dios Basta (God alone suffices) by Dr Allan Tavares sfx. depicting the history and mission of the Carmelites in India.