Archbishop’s Birthday Celebration with the Differently-abled
Archbishop Bernard Moras who celebrates his 75th birthday has invited the differently-abled children from various institutions in Bangalore to spend a day with him.
The program is organised on the 20th of August in the Archbishop’s house from 11. 30 to 1 noon. About 150 children who are differently-abled are invited for the program.
The program will provide an opportunity for them to exhibit their special talents through cultural programs. They are invited for a special lunch with the Archbishop and will all be given a gift.
Archbishop Bernard Moras has a special love for the children with disabilities. In order to reach out to the persons who are differently-abled in the Archdiocese, he set up a Commission for them last year. A consultation meeting with directors of various centres in Bangalore working for the differently-abled was done to develop an action plan for the Commission. It is the first Diocese in the country to have a separate Commission to look into their needs.
The Commission conducted a Christmas gathering with 200 differently-abled children from various institutions and parishes last year. On December 3rd, International Day for the Disabled, special prayers were organised in every Church and awareness was created to the community as to how to include and integrate them in the life of the parish.
Commission has planned to ensure that every place of worship becomes accessible to the differently-abled. Wheelchairs and toilets that are accessible to them are to be ensured in every Church.
Archbishop has been involved in the health field for long being part of St John’s Medical College, Bangalore Fr Mueller’s hospital, Mangalore and also as the Chairperson of the Health Commission of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of India. He participated in the special meeting on children with Autism organised by Pope in Rome two years ago.
Thus it is very meaningful that archbishop has chosen to have a special birthday celebration with the differently-abled children.