Mangaluru: St Vincent Ferrer Church, Valencia celebrated its 18th Konkani Divas on 19 August 2018 at the church hall. Louis J Pinto, eminent and well-known Konkani Premi unfolded the Konkani flag and lifted the spirit of the Konkani community, which was witnessed by the parish priest Fr James D’Souza, asst parish priest Fr Joswin D’Souza, Fr Arun Lobo, vice-president Anil Lobo, secretary Lizzy Pinto, cultural committee representative Sandra Lobo and all the parishioners.
The evening programme was commenced with Fr Joswin invoking God’s blessings, throw of honor to all the achieves in various categories for their contribution and excellence. The chief guest Irene Rebello felicitated the achievers along with other dignitaries on the dais. Young achievers felicitated were Chrisly Nilsy Arulu D’Souza for becoming CA, Aaral Alisha Monteiro for securing NEET rank, Valerie Anna Lobo for being elected as the YCS deanery president, Relston Stuart Lobo for being elected as the president of St Aloysius Colleges students union, Patrick D’Souza for being the Catholic Sabha deanery president, Jane Mascarenhas for being the member of cultural committee of YCS central committee, Ruben Braggs and Renola D’Souza for reaching the final in dance show “Nas Nara, Nas Nari”. Vidya Thoras, a lady member of the board of directors of MACO Society was also felicitated.
The chief guest Irene Rebello in her message urged youth and young parents to speak Konkani as their medium of language to communicate and to take pride in knowing Konkani language and as Nativity Feast is round the corner she also encouraged the audience gathered to celebrate Monthi Feast in traditional Konkani manner.
The Vice-President of the Parish Pastoral Council Anil Lobo cordially welcomed the chief guest and the other dignitaries. Parish priest Fr James D’Souza acknowledged the involvement of the youth in the parish community and appreciated the noble initiative of blood donation camp organised by the IYCM. He strongly asked the gathering present to imbibe and inculcate and cherish Konkani language.
The celebration rippled waves of a rich cultural programme where in bald, bold and beautiful dances, danced, sang, acted to the tune of Konkani songs which was highlighted.
The august gathering relished the meal cooked with oneness by the 18 wards. This sharing meal conveys a strong message to our Konkani family that no matter what the love for our fellow citizen will ignite us to die there. The joy was to see more than 1000 members delightfully present for the celebration. The day ended with feeling of hail you Konkani language. Yes we will preserve you to-day and every day.
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