Diocesan News

PIME's first 'House of Mercy' inaugurated in Mumbai

posted Feb 21, 2019, 7:19 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Feb 21, 2019, 7:20 PM ]

The Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) inaugurated a 'House of Mercy' on Feb 9. in Taloja, a few kilometres from Mumbai. The facility will serve as a platform for "interfaith dialogue, the exchange of ideas, service to the sick, welcoming international volunteers, and PIME's future new regional house." 

The house will be the place where PIME can organise and coordinate many other works for the benefit of the discarded and the poorest in society," said Fr Rayarala Vijay Kumar, regional superior of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions in India, speaking to AsiaNews. "Here we want to show the merciful face of the Father who is good and generous to everyone, regardless of creed and caste." 

The new facility consists of a two-storey building, with 24 double rooms (48 guests) and a large living room on the ground floor. 

PIME superior general Fr Ferruccio Brambillasca, who led the Mass, noted that the new centre was created "in response to the invitation of Pope Francis who, in 2016, during the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, asked all of us Christians to create Monuments of Mercy." 

Fr Carlo Torriani, an Italian missionary in India since 1969, is "retired", but that has not stopped him from travelling back and forth from Italy to serve the villagers. He was among the first to see the urgency of caring for people affected by leprosy, and assist those in need. His efforts led to the creation of the Lok Seva Sangam (LSS) —an association that operates in the shantytowns of India's megacity, and is led today by lay Indians; the Swarga Dwar (Gate of Heaven) - a dispensary for lepers; and the Shanthi Sangam - an interfaith chapel-ashram for retreats and prayers. 

The PIME Mercy Home "wants to be a bridge" between religions and raise awareness about the lepers' living conditions. At the same time, it is meant to break down the wall of distrust that surrounds people who live with Hansen's disease." What is more, "those who see us understand that we are working for humanity, not proselytising or converting people. Swarga Dwar is a symbol of the Christian religion which, like every religion, promotes peace," Fr Torriani noted. 


Autobiography of Fr Francis D'Britto released

posted Feb 21, 2019, 7:19 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Feb 21, 2019, 7:19 PM ]

The much awaited autobiography of Fr Francis D'Britto was released with great joy on Sunday, February 17 at Nandakhal. Titled 'Nahi Mi Ekla' (Never Am I Alone), it takes the reader on a journey through the multiple aspects of his life dedicated in the service of God and country. Nearly 3000 people were present for the occasion. Archbishop Felix Machado was the Chief Guest, who said that this book was the story of the making of a soul that has been handed down to us for inspiration and reflection. The archbishop also dedicated the occasion to the soldiers who were martyred in Kashmir in defence of the nation. 

Fr D'Britto's publisher, Mr Dilip Majgaonkar of Rajhans Prakashan, recalled that Fr D'Britto's first book 'Oasischya Shodhat' (In Search of an Oasis), was a unique masterpiece in Marathi literature. He said that Fr D'Britto's writings and books have influenced his own life, and drawn him into new dreams, new imaginations and a renewed sense of self-confidence. The entire event was meticulously planned and organised by Prabhodan Pratisthan.

HPT celebrates World Day of the Sick

posted Feb 21, 2019, 7:10 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Feb 21, 2019, 7:15 PM ]

In sickness and in health, the treasures of holistic healing lie within the vast abode of Mother Nature. She gives of herself abundantly, whether through Vitamin D-laden sunshine, life-giving water, fruits and vegetables, or medicinal plants and herbs like aloe vera, brahmi, tulsi, pudina and a hundred others. We are responsible for accepting these gifts gratefully, and using them wisely. Fortunately for us, the Health Promotion Trust (HPT) of the Archdiocese of Bombay has blazed a trail by creatively empowering urban and rural communities to turn to nature for the keys to disease prevention. 

'Nature's Healing Solutions to Health Problems' was the theme of the 2019 Health Workers Rally organised by HPT Team headed by Fr Rocky Banz on Thursday, February 7, 2019. More than 430 men and women from HPT's target groups in Raigad, Gorai, Uttan, Dongri and other Mumbai suburbs, along with priests, religious, deacons and lay persons from diverse faiths and walks of life gathered at the Holy Name High School Hall, Colaba, not only for the Rally, but also to celebrate World Day of the Sick. Bishop Allwyn D'Silva, chairperson of the Health Commission, was the chief guest. 

300 graduating health workers trained by the Health Promotion Trust team proudly received their 'Barefoot Health Worker' certificates from Bishop Allwyn. They are now certified to conduct preventive health awareness programmes in their respective communities. All the health workers also received a kit containing various instruments that would be used for acupressure to prevent diseases. Herbal gardens and home remedies are a very successful component of the health worker curriculum. Several health workers displayed their herbal health products, and testified to the amazing healing properties of certain leaves, roots, and flowers. Listening to impoverished men and women who struggle with innumerable hardships sharing about the life changing impact of a healthy diet, exercise, music, dance, yoga and pranayama, was another heartwarming part of the celebration. The message of HPT was interwoven within the colourful multicultural dances and entertaining skits, and resounded loudly and clearly: "Before blindly choosing expensive allopathic pills and potions, boldly embrace Nature's preventive health options, and enjoy a vastly improved quality of life." 

The Rally culminated with all participants strengthening their commitment to collaborate in making nature-based preventive health and curative resources accessible to all, especially marginalised communities.

B.Ed. Orientation

posted Feb 21, 2019, 7:10 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Feb 21, 2019, 7:10 PM ]

St Xavier's Institute of Education is organising an 'Orientation to the B.Ed. Programme: Admission and Curriculum' on March 2, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For further details, please contact on 2201 4666.

Tribute to Fr Ferrando, sj

posted Feb 21, 2019, 7:10 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Feb 21, 2019, 7:10 PM ]

February 23, 2019 will be Fr Daniel Ferrando's 100th Birth Anniversary. The Eucharist was his source of motivation, and he loved interacting with couples. His passion was helping couples experience the joy of the Sacrament of Matrimony. Fr Dan, as he was fondly addressed by those close to him, is fondly remembered by the Engaged Encounter and Marriage Encounter family. 

In Honour of our Bravehearts

posted Feb 21, 2019, 7:08 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Feb 21, 2019, 7:09 PM ]

The parishioners of Sacred Heart Church, Worli, gathered in large numbers for a condolence meet on Saturday, February 16, 2019, to honour the 44 soldiers who were killed in the recent Pulwama, Kashmir, terrorist carnage. Beginning after the evening Mass, the Shraddhanjali programme began with parishioners lighting candles and walking in procession, from the church grounds to the main road in front. The lit candles symbolized the undying human spirit, as well as the bringing of light into the dark lives of the families of those killed. All the time, reciting the holy Rosary, the parishioners returned to the church compound, praying for the soldiers who had laid down their lives for the nation. The priests of the parish joined the parishioners in this memorial meet. Fr Philip D'Souza spoke on the sacrificial nature of the army that protects us under much duress, and prayed for the families of those departed, that God gives them the strength to bear their loss. At the end of the meet, the over 150 parishioners, gathered there, placed their lit candles on the open-air stage, leaving them there, as a symbol of a continuation of their prayers. 

Inviting applications for Philosophy and Theology courses

posted Feb 21, 2019, 7:07 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Feb 21, 2019, 7:07 PM ]

St. Pius X College, Goregaon, the Archdiocesan Seminary of Bombay, invites applications from the Laity and Religious for courses in Philosophy (1 year & 2 years) and Theology (1/2/3 years). Classes will begin in the third week of June and are held Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact the Dean of Theology (Fr. Andrew Aranha) before the end of March on 022-2927 1217. 

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