By Fr. Ronald Veigas
Shivamogga, Oct 13 : A long pending dream of the diocese of Shimoga realised with the inauguration and blessing of the new pastoral Centre "Sannidhi" on 12th October 2021. It was blessed by Most Rev Dr Peter Machado the Archbishop of Bangalore in the august presence of regional bishops of Karnataka and Provincial Sisters of various Congregations, guest priests, Nuns, Diocesan clergy and lay representatives from the parishes.
Most Rev. Dr Lawrence Mukkuzhy of Belthangady Diocese in his preaching explained the role and the efficacy of a Shepherd and pastoring. He said the Pastoral Centre in a diocese meets the needs of shepherding the flocks.
The Archbishop Most Rev Dr Peter Machado in his address said the Pastoral Centre in a diocese has 4 roles to play 1. Consultation 2. Empowerment 3. Development and 4. Faith formation. He then Congratulated the Bishop of Shimoga and the clergy for the wonderful job in realizing the project.
Most Rev Dr Francis Serrao SJ the Bishop of Shimoga thanked all who worked strenuously over the years ever since the erection of the diocese who dreamt and realised this project to come to reality. He gratefully remembered the far sighted vision of previous prelates Most Rev. Dr Ignatius Pinto and Most Rev Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo. The Architect, Engineers, Contractors and workers were felicitated. The bishop gratefully remembered all the generous donors.
The New director of the centre released a brochure regarding the facilities available in the centre. On the occasion of the event a souvenir was released. The programme ended with a meal.