Mangaluru: Bishop Dr Peter P Saldanha blesses Seva Nilaya, old age home

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By Stany Bantwal
Bellevision Media Network

Mangaluru, 13 Dec: Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, bishop of Mangaluru, blessed the newly-built home for the aged, Seva Nilaya and new convent and chapel belonging to Sisters Helpers of Mount Rosary at Lower Bendore, here on Wednesday, December 12.


The bishop blessed the new building and later celebrated the Thanksgiving Mass as a main celebrant.


After the mass a short stage programme was held. Fr Vincent Monteiro, parish priest, Bendore, Sr Pricilla D’Mello, superior general, Sisters, Helpers of Mount Rosary, Sr Asha, superior, Christina D’Souza, well-wisher of Helpers of Mount Rosary were present on the dais.



Delivering the presidential address the Bishop said, ‘It is good news to the diocese that Sisters of Mount Rosary have opened their second convent. Same time they have decided to serve the elderly which is the need of the hour. By our good deeds we can represent God. By this we can convert ourselves as ambassadors of the service, charity and love. I congratulate the Sisters of Mount Rosary for their new home and old age home. I assure all support for them in their future mission.’


In her welcoming speech, Sr Pricilla said, ‘Helpers of Mount Rosary, a religious congregation of the diocesan right was founded 28 years ago, by Monsignor Edwin C Pinto at Alangar, Moodbidri. In 2005, Pope declared our congregation as Religious congregation of the diocese. Today, we have opened our convent here. Miss Lucy Sequiera and her sister Agnes Lobo who donated this land to our congregation as a token of gratitude for our service to them. Their close friend Christina D’Souza and her husband helped them to hand over the property to us. As per their last wish, we constructed an old age home called Seva Nilaya here. With the support of parish priest of Bendore and parishioners, and many other donors from Mangaluru and other places, and of our own sisters’ sacrifices, our dream became reality. Here, we are assuring all types of services for elderly people as well as spiritual and community services.’


Wishing the sisters, Fr Vincent said, ‘For the past one year the Sisters of Mount Rosary are rendering their services to Bendore parish. Within a short time, they have won the hearts of people. Now they are going to start their old age home in city. I wish them all the success in their new mission. Same time I congratulate them for their new convent.’


Late Lucy Sequiera and late Agnes Lobo are the donors of the land.


The bishop was felicitated by the superior general. Christine D’Souza, wife of late Christopher D’Souza, Mark D’Souza, contractor were also honored by the Bishop.


Sr Asha rendered the vote of thanks. Fr Alwyn Serrao, principal, Padua College, Fr Richard Coelho, director, Fr Muller Charitable Institutions, Fr Rohan and Fr Walter D’Mello, Judicial Vicar were present.


Naveen D’Souza, chairman, social justice for health and education and KPCC general secretary. Arun Mendes and Sunil Mendes, other well wishers of sisters, and the elderly who have already admitted to the elderly home, Seva Nilaya were also present.

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