A felicitation ceremony was organized on the 4th of June 2018 at 9:30 am in the premises of St. Jude Church and Shrine to honor the selfless and loving service of Rev. Fr. Andrew Leo D’Souza. The entrance board named St. Jude Educational Institutions and St. Jude Sabha Bhavana where inaugurated and Fr. Andrew Leo D’Souza also layed the foundation stone of new St. Jude English Medium School building on the same day.

This was witnessed by people of all walks of life. The students of the school performed a prayer dance as well as a welcome dance which enthralled the gathering. Shree Duganna Savanturu the Arasu of MulkiSeeme presided on the occasion. The newly welcomed Parish Priest, Rev. Fr Melwyn Noronha spoke words of gratitude and blessing on the occasion.

Rev. Fr. Lawrence Mascarenhas and PMA Mohammed Ashraf Raaz Azadi spoke on the achievements that Rev. Fr. Andrew Leo D'Souza achieved from his youth till date and his service for the past 7 years in Pakshikere, a shrine for a thousands of pilgrims who come for counseling and pay their respect to God as well as the the ‘Saint of the Hopeless’. They said: “Fr. Andrew is a very simple person who works for the people and with the people, who fights against all odds as he has this one motto in his heart, mind and soul which is ‘if someone hurts you love them and forgive them, let love change the world, if you have enemies, treat them only with love, because love is the only virtue that survives in the world’.” They also added that Fr Andrew’s heart melted for the poor and the downtrodden and always wanted to bring a revolution with the four letter word called ‘Love’. Mr. DhananjayP.Shettygar wished that Fr. Andrew get the best in life as his service speaks in length of the love he had towards the people. He also added that Fr. Andrew is always ready to do anything for the upliftment of the poor.

Mr. Seetharam K. Shetty, Mr. NageshAnchan, Mr. Mohan Das were the chief guest of the occasion. The dais was also graced by the presence of Rev. Fr. Clifford Pinto, Mr. Ramesh Rathod (PDO of KemralGramapanchayat), Mrs. Katherine (PDO of PadupanamburGramapanchayat) , Sr. Mariama (New Headmistress of St. Jude English Medium School), Mrs. JosphineBarness (Headmistress of St. Jude KannadaMedium School) , Mr. Jackson Saldana (Vice President Of The Parish Pastoral Committee) and Mrs. Carol Cutinho (Secretary Of The Parish Pastoral Committee) . Vinayaka Mithra Mandaly auto rickshaw association Pakshikere had also felicitated Rev Fr Andrew Leo D'Souza on the occasion.

The event was compared by Mrs. Arpitha Shetty, the vote of thanks was delivered by Rev. Fr. Clifford Pinto. The entire program concluded with a grand lunch. This event was well organized by the members of St. Jude Church and Shrine, St. Jude educational institutions and the honoring committee Pakshikere.

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