TALLUR: Movie on Blessed Joseph Vaz Released
The 75-minute movie, produced and directed by Vinod Fernandes, Gangolli, is based on the biography of Blessed Joseph Vaz, "Through Storm and Tempest" written by Fr. Michael Mascarenhas SDB, the provincial-economer of Goa province of Salesians.
Speaking on the occasion, Fr. Michael pointed out how a large number of Catholics in Goa and Mangalore were still unaware of the life of the Blessed Joseph Vaz.
"There are saints among you," was his message to the audience who had gathered for the premiere screening of the movie at the St. Francis of Assisi Church parish hall in Tallur.
Born as the third of six children to Konkani speaking Christian parents Christopher Vaz and Maria de Miranda at Benaulim in Goa, the Priest Joseph Vaz is well-known for his life of Sanctity. He was beatified by the Holy Father Pope John Paul II on 21 January 1995 in Sri Lanka where much of Fr. Vaz's missionary labours were concentrated.
Fr. Benjamin D'Souza, the parish priest of Tallur, said he was totally convinced of the sanctity and greatness of Blessed Joseph Vaz whose life he had studied and meditated over a period of two and half years.
Vinod Fernandes, referred to Blessed Joseph Vaz as "our own Konkani brother" as he thanked everyone who supported him in this venture.
Also present on the occasion were the Vicar Forane of Kundapur, V. Rev. Anthony Lobo, the Principal and Rector of Don Bosco Tech, Fr. Kinley D'cruz, SDB, and the Vice President of Tallur Church, Mr. Benedict Mendonca.