Catholic Sabha Udupi Pradesh presents Francis Danti literary prize to Father Chethan Lobo
Udupi: “It is sad to know that young people today neglect their Konkani mother tongue and prefer Western languages. They should use their mother tongue more and more in their daily life, ”said Father Stany B Lobo, Chancellor of the Diocese of Udupi and Pastor of the Church of Udyavar. He was speaking at the Annual General Meeting held for the year 2020-21, the Francis Danti Memorial Literature Award as well as the prize distribution function for the winners of the Denis D’Silva Memorial Essay Writing competition on September 19 .
Speaking further, Father Stany B Lobo said that Konkani, although being a beautiful language, has become a decorative language and is limited to religious services in churches. The Konkani language is losing its appeal among young people.
On this occasion, Fr. Chetan Lobo (OFM Cap), PRO of the Diocese of Udupi received the Francis Danti Literary Prize for his book “Chetana Chintana”. Dr Gerald Pinto introduced Fr Chetan Lobo to the assembly.
Prizes were awarded to the winners of the Essay Competition organized in memory of the late Denis D’Silva. Alphonse D’Costa read the names of the winners.
During the “Old Men’s Club” program, a satirical book written by Joseph Quadros and published by the Udupi diocesan bimonthly “Uzwaad” was published. Fr Royson Fernandes, editor-in-chief of ‘Uzwaad’ presented the writer and the book “Old Men’s Club” to the audience.
On behalf of the Catholic Sabha, a rich tribute was paid to the founding president of SC the late Oscar Fernandes. The former president of the Catholic Sabha, Alphonse D’Costa recalled the service rendered by the late Oscar Fernandes to the organization.
Mary D’Souza chaired the annual general meeting. The 2019-20 year report was presented by Co-Secretary Olivia D’Mello. The annual report for the year 2020-2021 was read by Secretary Gregory PK D’Souza. Treasurer Gerald Rodrigues presented the accounts and proposed the budget for the year 2021-22. Henry Menezes presented the Manasa report, Pamboor and the Sashakta Samudaya Trust report was presented by President Walter Cyril Pinto.
Father Ferdinand Gonsalves-Spiritual Director of Catholic Sabha, Robert Menezes-Past President, Valerian Fernandes-Former President, Presidents of Deaneries of Catholic Sabha-Lavina Pereira, Udupi, Leena Machado-Shirva, Louis D’Souza-Kallianpur, Mabel D ‘Souza-Kundapur and Soloman Alvares-Karkal were present.
President-elect Santosh Cornelio welcomed the assembly. Secretary Gregory D’Souza gave the vote of thanks and Mabel D’Souza anchored the program.