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DPC Meeting Held, Bishop Urges To Promote Vocations to Consecrated Life

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altBALLARI, MARCH 21, 2015: “Consecrated Life is a precious gift of God to the Church and humanity. We need to promote vocations to religious life among young boys and girls”, declared Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Ballari. He was addressing the members of the Diocesan Pastoral Council at its meeting held at the Bishop’s House today.

“The families and lay faithful are invited to foster love for Jesus in the hearts of their children and that would bear fruit desiring to consecrate their lives to God” Bishop stated.

“The Consecrated persons to rethink, renew with freshness and enthusiasm their consecrated lives, to be attractive witness for the growth of the church”, insisted the Bishop.

 Also, quoting Pope Francis, the Bishop said “Joy is the remarkable sign of a consecrated person.”

The resource person of the day was Fr. Joe Francis ofm cap, Superior & Rector of Pothanal Franciscan Community.

He said that consecrated lives must be joyful, witness to the Good News, prophetic and evangelizing.  

In order to sensitize the people regarding the upcoming Karnataka Caste Census from April 11- 30. Fr. Chowrappa, Director, BDDS & Secretary for KRCBC, Regional Commission for SC/ST/BC Commission and Alphonse Kennedy, Bangalore enlightened the members.

The gathering also condemned the recent attacks on churches, women religious and Christian institutions. To show our solidarity with the victims it was decided to have a peaceful protest rally on 27th March in Bellary and thereafter to submit a Memorandum to the Prime Minister.

The Bishop also informed about the completion of term of Parish Pastoral Councils and Parish Finance Councils by June, 2015 and thereafter election of new members be held in July, 2015. 

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