Msgr Lesley Shenoy Donates Mother Mary Grotto to Bethany Convent, Padua
Mangluru: A Grotto of Mother Mary was donated to Bethany Convent Padua by Monsignor Lesley Shenoy on March 9.
The Grotto was inaugurated by the Superior of Bethany Convent Padua Sr Smitha B.S by cutting the ribbon and Monsignor Lesley Shenoy blessed the grotto.
Addressing the gathering Msgr Lesley Shenoy said, “My mother was saying if you pray to Mother Mary before going to bed reciting three hail Mary’s she will protect you and I have faithfully followed it till today. I can say that Mary the Mother of Jesus, our mother protects me always. If you honour Mother Mary, you honour her son and that is the greatest thing if I construct a grotto for them. When they asked me to construct a Grotto, I said yes for them. If any sisters would like to construct a Grotto I will be happy to construct two or three more for them. I dedicate this Grotto to the Bethany Convent in memory of my late Parents Francis and Hilda and my sister Victoria Vaz. You must be wondering why I chose this day? Today is my dad’s birthday and if was alive he would have been 112 years old”.
Addressing the gathering Assistant Superior General Sr Lillis said, “I am very happy today because Msgr Lesley Shenoy has made it possible to honour Mother Mary at this campus. I have seen the story of this campus, what it was some years ago and what it is now. Today Mother Mary has got an honorable place on this campus. Here sisters from two Provinces reside and we have a hostel for students in this campus. I would like to thank Msgr Lesley Shenoy for this beautiful Grotto. Two years ago I had approached Msgr Lesley Shenoy to build the Subhada home. I asked him to repair the home but he suggested to reconstruct it and today we have this beautiful home in Subhada. Our founder also had a great passion for erecting Grottos and was seeking help to construct Grottos. We thank Msgr Lesley Shenoy for donating the Grotto in memory of his parents and sister on his late father’s birthday.”
Later a prayer service was held in the chapel of the convent.