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New Old Age Home Blessed and Declared Open In Bellary

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Bellary, 22 JULY 2017: A home for the aged persons from economically poor background has been blessed and declared open on 22 July in Bellary.

Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary blessed and dedicated the new home, named Gnanamma Vriddhashrama, to the poor and neglected elderly persons of Bellary Diocese.

During concelebrated thanksgiving inaugural Mass in the chapel of the old age home, Bishop Henry said, “Grandparents play a very important role in the families in the upbringing of children. They also tenderly pass on the Faith and meaning of life to the younger generations.”

Bishop affectionately recalled the tender love and care received from his own grandparents at the occasion.

He regretted that elderly persons are neglected in the society today, with “use and throw culture”.

Named after their founder Servant of God Gnanamma, the Sisters St. Ann of Phirangipuram will take care of the new house built by the Bellary Diocese.

Addressing the gathering Bishop Henry said “In order to commemorate the “Year of Mercy” 2015, the Diocese of Bellary decided to construct a Home for poor and neglected elderly persons of this area.

Mr. Justice Michael D’Cunha, Judge of Karnataka High Court along with his wife Mrs. Usha D’Cunha declared the new house open. He congratulated the Diocese of Bellary for providing such a facility for the poor and neglected senior citizens of the place. He recalled the plight of elderly in the families of the present day society.

Sr. Anthoniamma CSSA, Superior General opened the new chapel and Vicar General Fr. Paul Raj and Sr. Ignatius Suman CSSA, Provincial superior, unveiled the plaques.

Built as a memorial of the Year of Mercy, the home is to show God’s Mercy by providing a dignified, peaceful life to the elderly poor at the evening of their life.

Built with the help of many generous donors, the home will serve all, with a preference for the catholic elderly. Initially the home can house about 50-60 elderly men and women.

Bishop felicitated Sr. Antoniamma the Mother General, Sr. Ignatius Suman, Provincial Superior and Sr. Mary Mathew the local Superior for shouldering the responsibility of autonomously run the home.

Gnanamma Vriddhashrama is situated by the Mother Teresa – OPD Road, Bellary. It is just across VIMS Medical College Hospital and besides St. Mary’s Hospital.

The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Ann’s Pharangipuram was founded by a lay widow, the Servant of God Gnanamma. The Sisters trace back their very beginning of the Congregation to Bellary as early as 1871 to Bellary, with their first candidates Arulamma and Agathamma trained by the Good Shepherd Convent Sisters in Bellary under the direction of Fr. Arogyanathar the then priest of Bellary.

Many Priests, Religious and hundreds of people particularly the elderly, were present at the occasion.

Mother Antoniamma thanked all those present.

The architect and engineer Balasamy, contractor John Antony and Venkatesh and others were honoured at the occasion.

Fr. Maxim Dias, Diocesan PRO anchored the program. Fellowship meal followed at the end of the function. 

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