The Annual Day Celebration of St. Teresa of Avila Community, Bikarnakatte, Mangaluru, affiliated with St. Joseph’s Monastery, Bikarnakatte, Mangaluru, took place on October 13, 2023, at the St. Joseph’s Monastery Hall. The event was a joyful Family Get-Together, graced by the presence of distinguished guests, Brothers, and family members.

The function was presided over by Rev. Fr Melvin D’Cunha OCD, the Superior of St. Joseph’s Monastery. Rev. Fr Deep Fernandes OCD, the Provincial Delegate of OCDS, honoured the occasion as the Chief Guest. Additionally, Rev. Fr Liguory Crasta OCD, Administrator of Ryshivana, Ranipur, was present as the Guest of Honour. Rev. Fr Ivan D'souza OCD, Spiritual Assistant, Mrs. Jacintha Lobo OCDS, President of the Council, and Mrs. Laveena D'mello, Provincial Council member, Presided over the function.

The program commenced with Mass at the Shrine followed by Vespers. A concise report was presented by Mrs. Precilla D’Souza, OCDS, Secretary. Rev. Fr Melvin D’Cunha OCD expressed gratitude to the OCDS members for their dedicated service to the Shrine. In his address, the Chief Guest, Rev. Fr Deep Fernandes OCD, acknowledged this OCDS group as one of the oldest, emphasizing its maturity and ongoing development. He emphasized the importance of hard work and service to the needy for further progress. Mrs. Laveena Dmello, OCDS, a member of the Provincial Council, elaborated on the chosen theme of the Annual Day, highlighting the symbolism of grapes in a vineyard to uniting together, drawing parallels to the community's unity.

Prizes were distributed during the celebration to the winners of several competitions that were organized previously for the members which included Chutney Making, Cooking without Fire, Flower and Flower Vaz making, Garland making, Musical Chair, Thread and Needle, Lemon and Spoon, and Breaking the Pot.

Spot games coordinated by Mrs. Laveena Dmello added to the lively atmosphere, and a Cultural Programme was organized for everyone's enjoyment. Mrs. Benedicta D’Souza, the formator, delivered the vote of thanks, while Mrs. Mary Rebello adeptly hosted and compered the entire program.

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