New Delhi: Kanara Cultural Association (KCA) organised a farewell function for the CBCI Secretary for Youth Council, Fr Franklin D’Souza on July 19 At 10:30 am. Fr Franklin together with the newly designate Secretary Fr Deepak K J Thomas offered the Holy Eucharist. He preached on “God has shown his mercy and goodness through Jesus”. He explained that the role of every Christian is to witness Jesus. He said that salvation offered by Jesus is a free gift to humanity. “When we accept that salvation our lives will be filled with joy”. He also prayed for the members.
After the mass, at 12 noon, KCA had organised a short felicitation programme for Fr Franklin. KCA welcomed the new member Fr Deepak K J Thomas. Fr Victor D’Souza offered a bouquet to Fr Deepak.
KCA President Elias spoke about Fr Franklin’s achievements and said that Fr Franklin attributes all achievements as nothing but God’s mercy and His grace. Vincent Menezes in his farewell speech said, “Fr Franklin is a man of prayer specially chosen by Jesus. Many have witnessed healings and blessings through his various retreats.” He read out some of the testimonies. He also said that the KCA was able to organise residential Konkani retreats every year because of God’s grace and his servant Fr Franklin. Fr Victor D’Souza felicitated Fr Franklin and KCA president Elias gave a Memento on behalf of the KCA.
Fr Franklin in his farewell address said, “I have the sole desire to serve Jesus; I have no other desire in my life. What I am, it is because of Jesus and His Word. Positions will come and go but Lord Jesus is my greatest position.” He thanked every member of KCA as they made him “feel at home” with their vibrant programmes. He wished God’s blessings in future endeavours.
Fr Victor D’Souza, senior priest of the Archdiocese of Delhi and founder spiritual director of KCA, thanked God for the gift of KCA and the gift of Fr Franklin. He said that Fr Franklin’s presence was felt very much in the Archdiocese of Delhi. “He has left a mark in us. Fr Franklin’s zeal for the Lord is praise worthy.” He wished him all the very best for his new mission.
KCA secretary Prashant D’Souza compered the program. He also delivered the vote of thanks. Later, lunch was served for all present.