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Navajeevana Rehabilitation Centre Turns Silver

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BELLARY, FEB. 28: Silver jubilee celebrations were held at Nava Jeevana Centre for the physically challenged at Bellary on February 28.

A concelebrated thanksgiving Holy Eucharist led by Bishop Henry D’Souza and many priests from the diocese marked the occasion.

In his homily the Bishop stated “Nava Jeevana Centre is one of the precious pearls of the Catholic Diocese of Bellary. God’s merciful love towards the downtrodden and the neglected is explicitly manifested here at Nava Jeevana ”.

Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary congratulated and thanked Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny for their great humanitarian service to the disabled children, street children and their families.

A felicitation program followed the Holy Eucharist. Sr. Narcisa Seqeuira, Provincial of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny reaffirmed service of the  sisters to the people of Bellary.

The services former Superiors Sisters Theodore Issac, Esther, Carmela, Victoria, and Luciana were gratefully remembered and honoured at he  occasion.

Also all those sisters, co-workers and collaborators Nava Jeevana were recognized for their services and honoured.

A documentary   presentation of the various stages of growth of the centre was presented at the occasion. The inmates presented a colorful program.

Over a thousand children have been rehabilitated in the past 25 years at the centre.

The Diocese of Bellary had invited Cluny Sisters to render their service in this particular mission of uplifting the disabled and the disadvantaged.

The Cluny Sisters came to Bellary in 1987 and started their services in the Diocesan Pastoral Centre, near St. Antony’s Cathedral.

In the year 1991, late Bishop Ambrose, with the help of Missio Aachen, constructed the Nava Jeevana Centre.

It was inaugurated on February 26, 1993.

Nava Jeevana Centre has been breathing New life, energy through its varied  rehabilitation programs ultimately bringing human dignity, freedom, self confidence to many hundreds of lives specifically the disabled children who otherwise would have been abandoned by the society. It is their Home away home.

At the occasion one of senior priests of Bellary recalled the vision of Bishop Ambrose and how he accomplished the mission through the service of the sisters and Doctors from VIMS Medical college hospital, and many generous donars promoting the noble cause of service to the physically challenged children of Bellary, Raichur and Koppal districts.

In the year 2007 a branch for the visually challenged children was opened. In 2012 at the request of Bellary Deputy Commissioner Amalan Aditya Biswas, and at the intervention of Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary the centre caters the needs of street children. It is noted here that at present more than 45 children have found their home here, at Nava Jeevana.

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