Mangaluru: The annual feast of Padre Pio was celebrated at St Anne’s Friary here on Sunday September 27 with great joy, happiness and devotion. The Joy Star brass band from Bondel doubled the spirit of the celebration. The Bishop Of Bellary was welcomed by the Friars and People.
Fr Sunil D’Souza Capuchin Padre Pio was happy to see the huge gathering and their love for the Padre Pio. Bishop of Bellary diocese Dr Henry D’Souza celebrated the festal mass.
“Let the life of St Pio be a beacon of light for us. Let his knowledge and blessed life inspire us. He led a life of sacrifice and service and we should inculcate these qualities in our daily lives,” said bishop Henry.
“Without sacrifice there is no love. It is seen in our daily life. There are three type of good people. First they do good for themselves only, second they do good for themselves and only Family members and third are the people who forget about themselves and do good to others only. Such is our saint Padre Pio. He had great love for the Eucharist and guided the people,” bishop Henry added.
Thereafter, Bishop and MLA J R Lobo were honoured in a public programme. The Superior of the Friary Fr Cyprian D’Souza thanked the Bishop for his kind presence and love for the Capuchins. He also thanked MLA J R Lobo for all the good work he has done and in particular helping them to get the grant of Rs 50 lakh from the government for the renovation of the Chapel. J R Lobo thanked the gathering for honouring him.
Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy president Roy Castelino and Four Winds director Elias Fernandes were present as chief guests.
St Anne’s Friary Superior Fr Cyprian D’Souza welcomed as well as delivered the vote of thanks.