15th July 2021 – Silver Jubilee of the Priestly Ordination of Rev. Fr. Salvador Fernandes
It was indeed a joyous day for the community of DITh to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the Priestly Ordination of our beloved rector, Rev. Fr. Salvador Fernandes. The Jubilation got a grace-filled start with the solemn celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by the Fr. Rector, the Jubilarian. The day also being the feast of St. Bonaventure we had a very meaningful celebration of the Holy Mass. Fr. Albert, the director of studies gave a beautiful introduction to the liturgy as well as to the celebration of the day, inviting us to thank and pray for the blessings of Fr. Salvador to our community and province at large. Fr. Anil Sequeira preached a homily with deep theological insights aptly fitting for the event. The melodious choir by the brothers, ably guided by Fr. Baptist enhanced the prayerful ambience of the celebration.

At noon there was a felicitation program held in the refectory where Br. Melroy was the MC. Br. Lawrence spoke words of appreciation towards Fr. Salvador, recalling the wonderful person in him and thanked him for the service he renders to our community, especially as the rector of DITh. Fr. Anil the Vice Rector giving a Royal assent to the words of appreciation added to the same. The Jubilarian was felicitated by the community members by presenting a Shawl, garland and a beautiful bouquet of fragrant flowers as a sign of gratitude. This was followed by a cake cutting ceremony and a sumptuous fellowship meal thereafter.

In the evening there was a meaningful prayer service conducted by the brothers. Thereafter a short entertainment program was held in the hall. Brs. Hubert and Ambrose were the Masters of Ceremony who increased the gusto of the program through humour and creative presentation. All the brothers presented beautiful programs expressing their talents and creativity, especially their gratitude towards rector. Fr. Antony sang a song in honour of the Jubilarian, who also happens to be the director of his initiation course. He also recalled the beautiful moments of his three years of his stay at Ujire under Fr. Salvador as director and thanked him in a special way. Thereafter the Jubilarian Fr. Salvador Fernandes spoke words of gratitude towards brothers and fathers for being part of his joy and enhancing it. He also shared the experience of his journey of 25 years of priestly life, which indeed was inspirational. The well arranged entertainment program came to an end with the vote of thanks by Br. Clement, followed by a hymn to Mother Mary.

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