Foundation stone laid for a new shelter for destitute women at Olavina Halli, Mangalore
Mangaluru, January 26: A significant event took place at Olavina Halli, where the foundation stone was laid for a new shelter for destitute women. The event began with a Eucharistic celebration, followed by a blessing ceremony and the laying of the foundation stone for the upcoming facility.
The event was attended by Provincial Superior Sr Irene Menezes, Italian friends, local well-wishers, parishioners, and members of the community. The ceremony commenced with a prayer and blessings from Rev. Fr Victor D’mello, emphasizing the importance of compassion and care for the destitute. He was accompanied by Rev. Fr Stany Monteiro. This was followed by a message from the Provincial Superior, where she highlighted the services of the sisters, crossing boundaries irrespective of caste, creed, colour, and region. She also highlighted the need for such a facility in the area and stressed the importance of supporting vulnerable women in society. She requested that people of good will donate generously to complete the project in due time.
The laying of the foundation stone marked the official commencement of the construction of the shelter. The event concluded with a commitment from the province to ensure that the shelter would provide a safe and supportive environment for destitute women, offering them access to essential services and resources. The occasion was a significant step forward in addressing the needs of destitute women in the Mangalore community. It underscored the community’s dedication to providing support and care for vulnerable individuals and demonstrated a collective commitment to creating a more inclusive and compassionate society.
Overall, the blessing and laying of the foundation stone for the destitute women’s shelter at Olavina Halli was a momentous occasion that symbolized hope, compassion, and solidarity within the community. It set the stage for a brighter future for vulnerable women in the area, reflecting the spirit of empathy and support that defines Olavina Halli.
The Olavina Halli mission started in 1974, 50 years ago, for the rehabilitation of leprosy-affected cured people by an Italian missionary, Sr Amelia Cimolino.