CRI recollection day
The religious priests/brothers and sisters of the Mangalore city's CRI
(Conference of Religious in India) unit celebrated ' the Day of Recollection
and Consecrated Life' on Sunday, March 3, 2019, at St Anne’s Friary, DMRC
hall, Jail Road. The entire time was devoted to personal prayer, reflection,
confession and sharing.
Fr Melwyn D'Souza, Capuchin, president of CRI unit here, welcomed the
gathering. Sr Gracy Mathias UFS led the prayer service and created a
devotional atmosphere. The speaker of the day Fr Melwyn Pinto SJ, Director,
Fathima Retreat House shared his reflections on the topic 'The challenges of
consecrated life today' with scholarly insights and a few real-life
examples. He shared the history of the beginning of the consecrated life and
invited the religious gathered to appreciate the wonderful roots that every
religious order/congregation has. He said, ‘It is so very necessary to be
vigilant and be aware of our failures and seriously work on mending our
brokenness with the mercy and generous love of God’.
The talk followed with a silent Eucharistic adoration during which the
Sacrament of Reconciliation was administered by the priests present. The
concelebrated Mass was presided over by Fr Paul Melwyn Dsouza, Capuchin, the
guardian of St Anne’s Friary and the CRI president of Mangalore Unit. The
homily was preached by Fr Derick Dsouza, Capuchin. In his homily, he
emphasised the role of every person in the community towards building one
another’s life. “The positive attitude and energy will bring a lot of
positive growth in the religious community. Let us make all possible efforts
to shun the unnecessary criticism and negative influence and build happy
communities”, he said.
The choir was led by Fr Jawahar Cutinho. The Apostolic Carmel sisters and
Ursuline Franciscan sisters rendered their melodious voices.
On this joyous occasion Fr Ben, Capuchin’s new book release was held. The
new book “Laudato Sii” which contains the new and multiple tunes for the
hymns for the Divine Office/ Liturgy of the Hours was composed by Fr Ben. Fr
Roshan Menezes, a Capuchin and the Episcopal Vicar for the religious in the
diocese of Udupi introduced Fr Ben to the gathering. Fr Jayaprakash, the
principle of Pomapai Collage, Kirem introduced the musical contributions and
works of Fr Ben. Fr Peter Cyprian, Capuchin released the book.
All the executive members of CRI, Mangaluru, collaborated to make the day a
memorable and meaningful one. Sr Grace Lobo compered the entire celebration.
A tasty lunch was served to all the 600 plus participants of the event.