Mangalore: Legion Congress 2011
Posted On: 07/11/2011 19:26 GMT
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By Samanvaya Team Members - Mangalore

Mangalore: The Mangalore Diocesan Legion Congress – 2011 was celebrated with great piety and fervor on Sunday the 6th November 2011 at St Francis Xavier Church, Bejai, Mangalore. Most Rev. Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza, Bishop of Mangalore inaugurated the event by lighting the lamp and was the main celebrant at the Holy Eucharist along with Rev Dr Ronald Cutinha, Diocesan Spiritual Director of the Legion of Mary,  Rev. Fr Victor Machado, Rev. Fr Anil Lobo and Rev. Fr Ferdinand Gonsalves.

Subsequently all participants in the Holy Eucharist, gathered in the adjacent Hall for a programme.  Mrs Cynthia Fernandes welcomed all the guests and invited the dignitaries to the dais. Bishop of Mangalore gave a meaningful address to the gathering over the life of Mother Mary.   Parish Priest of Bejai Church, Rev. Fr Victor Machado addressed the audience and referred Mother Mary as ‘a brave woman’ and all women should follow her footsteps in order to be successful in life, he said. Rev. Fr Ronald Cutinha in his brief address advised all Legionaries to give up laziness which alone will enable them to work relentlessly to revitalize the legion association and achieve success.   Members who served the Legion for more than 20 years were felicitated and surprisingly there were people who loyally served the Legion of Mary for 50 years. Altogether 70 members of the Legion were honoured. There was variety entertainment which included skits, songs and dances on the themes of services in the Legion spirit in between of which the Comitium secretary Sr Irene Carlo read the report and the treasurer Sr Eveline Sequeira presented the accounts. Bela and Udupi Curia Secretaries Sr Cicilia D’Souza and Sr Lena Vas read the reports of their respective curias.

Our Lady of Spouse of the Holy Spirit Comitium Vice President Sr Cynthia Fernandes welcomed, President Sr Alice Lobo proposed vote of thanks, and Sr Margaret Rego compered the programme.  Representatives from 35 parishes of Mangalore Diocese numbering not less than 300 participants were in attendance on the occasion including those from Udupi and Bela curias and it was an occasion to meet and exchange views.

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