Mangaluru, March.13 : The Catholic Sabha, Mangaluru diocese organized its members convention here at Bondel church premises on March 13.Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza, bishop of Mangaluru along with other dignitaries formally inaugurated the convention by lighting the lamp.
Addressing a gathering Walter D’Souza, catholic sabha Mangaluru said “The difference between catholic sabha and other organisation is, we had a vision what we wanted to do and where we wanted to be. we have reached our goal today.
I feel really happy to see such a huge gathering here today. When we started there were only 15 to 20 people. Today when atrocities on our community is increasing there is a need that we need to be stroger lawfully. There is a need to give serious thought in this context. According to the word of god, catholic sabha and the whole community has to work towards the betterment of all irrespective of religion. I urge the bishop to provide us a land so that we can build a building where we can continue our service to the society. About 35 percent of free education and 28 percent of free health care is given at Christian private schools and private hospitals.”
Oscar Fernandes rajya sabha MP and founder president of catholic sabha said “This organization was started under the leadership of bishop. If today catholic sabha has been successful it is because of the sacrifice and commitment of many. If today people are in such a huge number it is because of your service. As Christ said what you do to your younger is you did to me. Weather you contest in panchayath, assembly or council, what you do to people is important irrespective of anything other. Government has implemented many schemes for the betterment of poor. We have to work so that these schemes reaches to general public.”
Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza, bishop of Mangaluru said “God has been grateful and blessed this organization for the past 37 years. When this organisation was started i have noticed two qualities that is concern for the community and love towards the community. There is need for political representation for our community. We have MLA, MLC’s of our community, they do not work only for our community but they work for all the people. We have to protect our community. We have to be selfless and work for the betterment of our community.”
Mayor Harinath, winners of zilla, taluk panchayth and many others were felicitated at the occasion.
MLC Ivan D’Souza, Fr Mathew vas, spiritual director of catholic sabha, Fr Andrew D’souza parish priest of Bondel church, Flevy D’Souza, president of catholic sabha and others were present.