The annual general body meeting of Catholic Sabha Udupi Pradesh was held in Udupi church auditorium on Sunday, June 11, 2017.
Msgr Baptist Menezes, vicar general of the diocese inaugurated the programme by lighting the lamp.
In his inaugural address he said, “Catholic Sabha is working for the betterment of Catholics and giving good service. We need to bridge the gap between the rich and poor and join hands for the betterment of the society."
J R Lobo, MLA of Mangaluru South constituency who released the directory of Catholic Sabha for the year 2017-18 told the Christian parents to encourage their children to take up civil service examinations to join government service. "Today Catholics have their identity in each and every sphere of the society with the exception of the civil services. Civil service training professional academy should be established by Udupi and Mangaluru diocese", he said.
Lecturer Steevan Quadros Permude was felicitated and conferred the Late Francis Danti Memorial Literature Award for his noteworthy contribution to Kannada literature.
Prashant Jattanna of Minority Commission, President of Kapu Youth Congress-Melwin D’Souza, President of Udupi District Students Congress-Cristan D’Almeida, Minority Department member Udupi- Robert Menezes were also felicitated on the occasion.
General secretary Jacintha Colaco presented the report of 2016-17 and the report was approved by the session. Audit report of the 2016-17 was presented by treasurer Solomon Alvares.
Mary D’Souza, president, Udupi deanery welcomed the gathering. Mable D’Souza and Claivan D’Souza compered the programme. Wlliam Machado, Jacintha Colaco, Mary D’Souza, Soloman Alvares, Fr Ferdinand Gonsalves, Fr Valerian Mendonca and Walter Pinto were among the present.