OCDS Regional Gathering
The OCDS Regional Gathering (Konkani) was held from October 23-24, at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Shanti Kiran, Bajjodi, Mangaluru. St Teresa of Avila Community, Bikarnakatte, hosted the event. The theme Moriyechi sasai Carmel oddichi ghotai (Mother Mary protectress of Carmel) was the golden thread that sewed the whole gathering.

77 OCDS members from 8 Communities (St Joseph’s – Mira Road, St Teresa of Avila – Londa, Little Flower – Mysuru, Flos Carmeli – Honnavar, Infant Jesus – Koteshwar, Infant Mary – Bajjodi, St John of the Cross – Ryshivana, and St Teresa of Avila – Bikarnakatte) and 5 Spiritual Assistants participated in this meet. The gathering was opened on October 23 at 9:30 a.m. by the Delegate Provincial Rev. Fr Deep Fernandes. Rev. Fr Lawrence D'Cunha, spiritual assistant of St. Joseph Community at Mira Road, was the chief guest. Mrs Jacintha Lobo (President – St Teresa of Avila, Bikarnakatte) welcomed the gathering. Mrs. Benedicta D’Souza (St Teresa of Avila, Bikarnakatte) compered the program.

On both days Marian themes were expounded. Rev Dr. Rudolph Pinto (Spiritual Assistant of the host Community) gave an enlightening session on “Mary in the annals of the Catholic Church and Liturgy,” while Rev. Fr. Deep spoke on “Authentic Marian Devotion,” focusing in particular on the 5th chapter of the OCDS Constitutions. Dr Vandana D’Souza, Assistant Professor at Roshini Nilaya, discussed “Marian devotion and its application in the present-day context of family life.”

An evening cultural presentation was held on the first day, during which each community exhibited its talents and delivered important messages. Sports and a Marian quiz were held on the second day, and awards were given out.

The OCDS Provincial Council President, Mr Sebastian Mendes (Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Margao) and Counsellors – Mr Roy Rodrigues (St Therese, Lar, Margao), Mrs Maria Christina (Little Flower, Mysore) too were present.

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