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Mount Carmel Guru Mandir Blessed And Inaugurated At Gurugunta

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altGURUGUNTA, RAICHUR, DEC. 8, 2014:  Newly built presbytery which is named Guru Mandir was blessed and inaugurated by Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary at Gurugunta, Raichur on December 8, the solemnity of Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary.

Recalling the simple dwelling place of Blessed Virgin Mary in Nazareth which became the “tabernacle of God with us”, Bishop urged all to be “living temples” of divine presence.

“All Holy God has chosen a people to be a holy nation and a royal priesthood”, which demands that all live a life of holiness”, reminded the Bishop.

Bishop thanked and congratulated Fr. Sunder Raj for courageously taking up the new mission of Gurugunta. He complimented him for rejuvenating the local community, for starting and school and for building the priest’s residence. He also appreciated fostering of a harmonious relationship with the people around. 

The presbytery has been constructed with the financial support of Propaganda Fide and other donors. 

Many priests, religious of the diocese of Bellary and Gulbarga and the neighbouring Catholics were present at the occasion. 

The golden jubilarian Fr. Thomas D’Souza and silver jubilarians Frs. Leo Michael and Arogyanathan were honoured at the occasion.

Students of Mount Carmel School presented an impressive march fast and a colourful cultural programme.

Fr. Sunder Raj thanked all the donors and well-wishers. The function ended with a fellowship meal. 

 
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