Monday, April 24, 2006

Mangalore: Mother Teresa Church Inaugurated

Mangalore: New Parish Church Dedicated "Mother Teresa of Kolkata" Inaugurated

MANGALORE: On Monday 24th April, 2006, the first Church in Mangalore Diocese to be dedicated to the Blessed Mother Teresa was inaugurated.

The ceremony began with the welcoming of the Bishop of Mangalore, the Most Rev. Aloysius Paul D'Souza, by the parish priest Fr G W Vas who was joined by guest Priests and the faithful. The Bishop proceeded to inaugurate the newly built presbytery before inaugurating and blessing the new church and leading the solemn Eucharistic celebration. Adding solemnity to the occassion was a brass band.

The "Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, Church" built in Roman style, became the 156th parish in the Diocese. Bifurcated from the Holy Cross Church at Kulshekar, the new parish has received an estimated 250 of over 1,800 families from Kulshekar, the largest parish of the Diocese.

Th Kulshekar Holy Cross Church was the initiative of the French Missionary, Fr. Alexander Dubois, better known as 'Frad Saib', who laid the foundation stone for the building on 14 September 1873. The missionary whose mortal remains were laid to rest in the same parish in 1877, was also responsible for calling the place "Cordel" which means "Abode of Heart" in French.

The Holy Cross Church which assumed the status of parish in 1904, easily counts over 8,000 Catholics today. With the new Church receiving some of the families, the task of pastoring the large flock is now made more efficient.

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