Date: April 05, 2014, Chicago
The MKCA, USA with much delight introduces to you the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady Graces, an indigenous congregation, canonically erected on 25 June 1965 in Meerut-India. There are about 300 Sisters working in different fields of apostolate. There are 41 communities of sisters (houses) in India and abroad, involved in every type of educational, medical and socio-pastoral apostolate.
In 2009 the Sisters were invited by Rt. Rev. Lukas Kerketta, SVD the Bishop of the diocese of Sambalpur to serve the leprosy patients in Talchar in the state of Odisha. Since then they are actively involved in rendering medical service to the leprosy patients, providing education to their children and take up rehabilitation work for their economic development. The leprosy patients live in very poor housing condition, lack of safe drinking water, sanitation, poor personal hygiene and living with many communicable diseases. Many of them suffer from physical and psychological disabilities/illnesses.
These Sisters have taken up the task of serving the leprosy patients living in three colonies, with 115 families. They are all located within the vicinity of 6 miles to 22 miles from their Convent/Center-Kripasadan. They have been able to render the service with the support and help they get from individual donors and at times by the Bishop but they do not have a sustainable source to implement various supportive and developmental programs for the patients.
Your financial help will strengthen and support the sisters to offer t better facilities to the leprosy patients and their children. It will facilitate them to live a dignified life. Any help and support in kind and/or in cash is very much appreciated.
Fundraiser Organizing Committee
April 16th, 2014 in
Report By Stany G DSouza
Chicago: It was not business as usual at the General Body Meeting conducted by the Mangalorean Konkan Christians Association (MKCA), which was held at Techny Mission Center. The elections were held to the Executive Committee and thereafter there was Celebration of Holy Eucharist celebrated by Fr Richard Vaz, SVD.
The meeting was called to order by the President Godwin Rego. After the secret ballot elections, Fr Vaz announced the new Executive Committee chosen by the General Body. He announced the election of following members for new Executive Committee: President – Steven D’Souza; Vice President – Ashok Monteiro; Secretary – Roshni Carvallo; Associate Secretary – Stany D’Souza and Treasurer – Mercy Concesso.
Following members were chosen for the Board of Directors: Austin D’Souza Prabhu, Lawrence Mascarenhas, Queenie Mendonca, Francis Mascarenhas, Prima Monteiro, Lincoln Pereira, Lin Martis, Theresa D’Souza, Vissia D’Souza and Eric Fernandes.
Fr.Vaz congratulated the newly elected members and wished them well.
The outgoing President Godwin Rego, thanked his Executive Committee and all the members for their unconditional support in successfully conducting number of programs in the past two years’ term. The incoming President, Steven D’Souza, thanked all the members present for their support and their trust in his leadership. He praised the past Executive Committee for their excellent service to the community. He further stated that with the help of the members unique strength, his committee will work hard in taking the Association to new heights.
The new Executive Committee with its members present decided to have the following programs for the year 2014: Annual Retreat – April 6th; Special Fund Raising Event (event yet to be finalized) – June 21st; Annual Picnic – August 2nd; Monthi Fest – September 6th; Christmas Around the World – December 6th and Nathal Fest – December 20th.
The meeting was followed by the celebration of Holy Eucharist at the Techny Mission Center. Fr. Vaz, in his homily said, “I wish to recognize the spirit that I witnessed in each one of you, the spirit of revival, commitment, dedication and above all to work together in moving ahead with all optimism to make MKCA truly a welcoming family to all. “If you want to walk fast, go alone; if you want to walk far go together”. Let us walk together, crossing all the barriers, covering long distance…….just to be with our brothers and sisters”. He also mentioned how Jesus Christ suffered the ultimate humility a human being can ever think of and gave everything that HE had, to the salvation of the humanity.
It was a graceful event, filled with renewed spirit, enthusiasm and hopes to take the MKCA to the greater heights.
February 21st, 2014 in