Mangalore, Sep 22: Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva launched the centenary celebrations of the Catholic Association of South Kanara (CASK) organized by oldest Catholic lay, at Milagres Hall on September 22, Sunday.
Adressing the gathering, Margaret Alva said that the contribution of Catholics to various fields ranging from health care to education. She also said to protect and promote the art, culture and traditions of the Catholic community. “Catholic music, dance and tradition which are so rich in their forms need to be revived, documented and popularised. There is a need to research and record them, in case they should be lost.
Goa has been reviving its culture in a big way. World Konkani Centre introduced Devanagari script in the 1990s. Today Konkani has been included in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution”, she added.
Union Minister for Transport, Road and Highways Oscar Fernandes who was present as a chief guest, stressed the need to build a strong society on the foundation of peace and harmony.
Mangalore south MLA JR Lobo said “CASK is financially strong. We always point out at religious leaders and priests, but a lot can be done by the laity. The laity cannot escape from its responsibility. There is a growing need to create a platform where the members can come together, discuss their problems and find solutions to the same. He also hailed the contributions of CASK to the community.
On the occasion, Margaret Alva released the 400-page book ‘100 Year History of CASK and the Mangalorean Catholic Community’ authored by John Monteiro. Oscar Fernandes launched the CASK website. Bishop Dr Aloysius D’Souza unveiled the plaque of the centenary memorial office on the occasion. Scholarships amounting to Rs 2000/- each distributed to 100 children on the occasion.
Vivek Aranha, Chairman of Rosary Group, Pune, was also present as a chief guest. Dr. Derek Lobo, CASK President, Capt. John Prasad Menezes, Secretary and others were present.
CASK president Dr Derek Lobo welcomed, while secretary Capt John Prasad Menezes proposed the vote of thanks. Titus Noronha and Lovie Rebello compered the event. The formal function was followed by a cultural programme.