Give-away of Three Mahindra Bolero Pickup Trucks to Deserving Persons by Monsignor Leslie Shenoy in association with Karnataka Agencies, Mangaluru-the authorized dealers for Mahindra Vehicles
Mangaluru: Quoting Saint Mother Teresa “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love. At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by “I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.”- we should be concerned not only with how to acquire and use wealth for ourselves but also with how to share it with others. God makes clear that we have an obligation to help the poor; he loves to use his people as a channel of provision for those who cannot meet their needs.
When God provides us with resources beyond our needs, he wants us to show a generous spirit in looking for ways to pass them on to meet the needs of other people. “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.” says Proverbs 3:27-28 in New Testament – and for that matter, we have one generous religious person Msgr Leslie Shenoy, who has come forward to share part of his wealth with other deserving people.
On 14 May 2019, the house that Msgr Leslie Shennoy was born and brought up “Casa de Padre” at Urwa was donated by his family to Diocese of Mangaluru for the purpose of Seminary Formation, after the Eucharistic celebration held at the venue. Sr Hilde Garde, sister of Msgr Leslie Shenoy handed over the keys of the house to the Bishop of Mangaluru Diocese, Most Rev. Dr Peter Paul Saldanha on behalf of the family. On 4 July 2018, Msgr Shenoy had donated a boys hostel in Mangaluru, which is named after him as “Monsignor Leslie Shenoy Boys Hostel”.
Following close on its heels after donating his ancestral house for a good cause, Msgr Leslie Shenoy has once again come forward with akind gesture by giving away three brand new Mahindra Bolero Pickup Trucks to the deserving persons to earn and make a living out of them. The giveaway of the trucks took place at Ms Karnataka Agencies, Mangaluru, the authorized dealers for Mahindra branded vehicles, on Thursday 23 May 2019 at 5 pm. After conducting a short prayer, Msgr Leslie Shenoy blessed the three vehicles with Holy Water and gave away the vehicles to the three deserving persons. The CEO of Karnataka Agencies Richard Rodrigues handed over the keys of the vehicles to the 3 persons, joined by his son, Santhosh Rodrigues, the Managing Partner of Karnataka Agencies.
Oswald Lawrence Monteiro of Bondel, Mangaluru received the Mahindra Bolero Camper, which he will be making use of it for his construction business purposes; Herald Moras of Samse-Chikamagaluru got the Mahindra Bolero Pickup Truck, which he will be using it for “On Hire” purpose; and Vincent Saldanha of Miyar-Karkala received the Mahindra Bolero Extra Strong 1.3T Bolero Pickup truck, which he also will be using it ‘ On Hire” purpose- and make a living out of it. All three of them thanked Msgr Leslie Shenoy, Richard and Santhosh Rodrigues for their kind gesture toward them. Each vehicle costs between Rs 7.5 lakh to Rs 8 lakh.
Speaking to Team Mangalorean, Richard and Santhosh Rodrigues said that few persons were recommended for this trucks giveaway, but after evaluating the history, we selected three persons, so that they could earn and making a living by using the vehicles for their profession. “We feel happy that we got associated with Msgr Leslie in doing this good service for others”, added Richard Rodrigues.
Regarding Monsignor Leslie Shenoy, he was ordained priest for the Archdiocese of Calcutta on May 14, 1976, in his home parish, Urwa. While serving the FABC, in the year 1979, he made his first visit to the United States of America. While returning to India, he obtained his green card, as a result, every year he made a trip to the USA to keep his green card active. After six years, in 1985 he took American citizenship. He served in three parishes, which also had air bases in the diocese of Fresno. He was elevated to Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II, who is now St John Paul. At present, he is retired and residing Urwa, Mangaluru, and helps few parishes in the City in Eucharist Masses.
In conclusion, we need to follow in the footsteps of Msgr Leslie Shenoy in sharing our wealth with others who are in need of help. Be eager to do good as you are to have good done to you. We can’t solve everyone’s problems, but that shouldn’t stop us from doing what we can do. If we can help someone, we should. The reason for our prosperity isn’t just to supply our needs, but it is so we can abound in every good work. Do You Share Your Wealth With Others Or Do You Hoard Everything You Have For Yourself?