Mangalore: An multi-religious convention (Sarva Dharma Sammelana) was organized on April 25, 2018 as a part of the Golden Jubilee celebration of St Joseph the Worker Church, Merlapadavu, Neermarga.
Bishop Francis Serrao, SJ of Shimoga diocese presided over the convention.
In his message Bishop Serrao said, “We should be a guiding light. If religion is used for political purpose, it will lead to disharmony in society. We should nurture the religion of humanity. Let St Joseph the worker be an inspiration for us.”
The Chief Guest Sri Mohandas Paramhamsa of Sri Dhama Manila Sri Mahalakshmi Kshetra, Muruva, Bantwal in his message said, “We are the children of one God. Our moral should be the same. We should live with humanity in mind. We should not resort to violence or hurt anyone. We should adopt the ideals of Mother Teresa in our lives.”
Another chief guest, Islamic Scholar Moulana U K Abdul Azeez Darimi in his message said, “The country is known for its humanity and peace. God’s glory is present where there is service with love. We reap what we sow in the society.”
The function began with a prayer. Fr Anil D’Mello, parish priest of St Joseph the Worker Church welcomed the gathering.
Three prominent citizens of the village were felicitated for their achievement on this occasion – Handicapped body builder Jagadish, artist David Leo Rodrigues and Principal of Adyar Padavu Madrasa Abdul Sattar Saqafi.
Ramachandra Rao, Bantwal and Jacintha Pereira compered the programme. Vice President of the Parish Council Prakash Pereira propsed a vote of thanks. Secretary of the Parish Council Gerald Lobo and Golden Jubilee Committee Convenor Arun D’Souza were present on the occasion.
“Yeduru Kopa”, a Tulu play by Devdas Kapikad was enacted on the occasion.
The Parish established in 1968 with 170 families has around 470 families today mainly engaged in agriculture.