Bishop gives 77,996 plants to 124 parishes

Mangaluru Bishop Dr Peter Paul Saldanha felicitated forest officers, team leaders and volunteers for supplying saplings to 124 churches under the Mangalore Diocese at the Bishop’s house on Wednesday.

Forest officers, team leaders and volunteers who strived to supply 77,996 saplings to 124 churches in Kasargod and Dakshina Kannada, which come under the Mangalore Diocese within 20 days, were felicitated on Wednesday.

A ‘Vrakshavandan 2019’ programme was organised by the Diocese of Mangalore Laudato Si’ Committee in the Bishop’s house.

Active involvement

Mangaluru Bishop Rev Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, who presided over the programme, congratulated all the forest officers, team leaders and volunteers for their active involvement in the campaign.

“Plants can sense everything. They have life and react to us as we come closer to them in love. The animals too – including wild animals – will not harm when we show them love,” he said, quoting the example of St Francis of Assisi, who is called the Saint of Nature.

Bishop felicitated Mangaluru Range Forest Officer (RFO) Shridhar, Udupi RFO Clifford Lobo, environmentalist Jeeth Milan, Selma Roche, Prajwal Suares, Dr Clarence Miranda, Stany Tauro, Raju Kidoor, Bannu Fernandes and James D Souza.

Udupi RFO Lobo appreciated the Bishop for his involvement in conservation of Nature and highlighted the benefits of teak wood and impact of the Vrakshvandan campaign.

Mangaluru RFO Shridhar explained how a planting of teak wood saplings can help a poor family after 15 years or more.

Luvi J Pinto, organiser of ‘Vrakshavandan 2019’, said the Mangalore Diocese had supplied a whopping 77,996 plants to the people of 124 parishes.

Excess plants

“These saplings were planted from June 30 onwards. The information on plants supplied and planted by the people is with the Diocese and in the parishes. In the next fortnight, excess plants will be collected by the organisers to be redistributed to those who need plants. This is to ensure that no plant is wasted,” he explained.

Bishop Dr Peter Paul planted a ‘Pride of India’ sapling to mark the first anniversary of his announcement as the Bishop of Mangalore diocese.

Msgr Maxim L Noronha the Vicar General of Mangalore diocese, Fr Richard D'Souza convener Laudato si’ committee, Padua College Principal Fr Alwyn Serrao were present at the programme.

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