Udupi diocese PRO celebrates 25 years of priesthood

"In the last 25 years, many a times Fr Denis D’Sa had to cross the fire, but he is not burnt; he had to cross in the water, but he has not drenched; he had to pass through dirt, but he has not become dirty.

On the other hand, the “jasmine” which blossomed in Udyavar (his native), went on spreading the fragrance wherever he went... be it Narampady, Rosario Cathedral, Sandesha (as Director), Fr Muller Medical College (as administrator), Kuntalnagar (as parish priest) or as the public relations officer of Udupi diocese.”

-- This is how Udupi Diocese Bishop Rev Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo described Fr Denis D’Sa who celebrated 25 years of his priesthood at Mount Rosary Church in Kallianpur on Sunday.

Lauding the efficiency of Fr D’Sa, the Bishop said that he was an important pillar of Udupi diocese. Terming Fr D’Sa as one of the most efficient, multi-talented and highly energetic priests, Ballari Bishop Rev Dr Henry D’Souza was all praise for Fr D’Sa’s mother Mary D’Sa for sending her son to become a priest. Another bishop who had come all the way from Belagavi - Rev Fr Peter Machado said that the Udupi diocese was lucky to have Fr D’Sa, who can handle any situation with ease.

Earlier, Fr D’Sa concelebrated the holy mass with three bishops and more than 70 priests, when St Joseph Seminary Rector Fr Joseph Martis highlighted the sacredness of the priestly ministry and pointed out the talents of Fr Denis D’Sa, in his homily.

Raising the toast, St Lawrence Church (Moodubelle) Parish Priest Rev Fr Clement Mascarenhas gave a detailed account of the achievements of Fr D’Sa and said that he was an asset for the diocese. Fr D’Sa, while thanking all the bishops, priests, nuns and laity, also revealed some of the secrets of his family.

He remembered his father,  who taught him never to compromise in life, be just and work hard. A large number of people and wellwishers had come from far-away places such as Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai and Bengaluru to celebrate the day. He also felicitated five priests who were ordained along with him 25 years ago.

They included Fr Stanely Lobo (vicar general of Gulbarga diocese), Fr Stany Rodrigues (in charge of Bettadamane Estate in Chikkamagaluru), Fr Ivan Madtha (well-known magician), Fr John Baptist Saldanha (parish priest of Permannur) and Fr Eric Crasta (parish priest of Vittal).

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