Sunday, July 29, 2012

Pune's St Anne’s Church enters 50th year

St Anne’s Church enters 50th year
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 AT 12:19 PM (IST)
PUNE: St Anne's Church, which was first built as a small chapel in Solapur Bazaar in Pune Camp in early 19th century to serve the Goan officers in the Peshwa's army, is celebrating the golden jubilee of its foundation this week. The church community has arranged a four-day celebration, starting on July 26.
The church constructed in 1963 has a unique architecture. It is the only church in the city having its front view in the shape of a 'gopuram.' In fact, many people find it difficult to believe that the building is a Christian religion shrine.
In early 20th century, the then British government had given a piece of land in Mule Lines to St Anne's Chapel, which was used for building St Vincent's Poor Home and a school. In 1925, the school had 157 students. Veteran Jesuit Fr J B Hass looked after St Anne's Church which was still a part of the St Xavier's Church in Pune Camp.
In 1979, St Joseph's School, which was a purely Tamil medium school, turned into an English medium middle school. An independent St Anne's Parish was established only in 1983.
Church's parish priest Fr S A Louis told Sakal Times that the jubilee celebrations will be launched by Nashik diocese Bishop Lourdes Daniel with a mass at the church on July 26 evening.
Heads of the Pune provinces of the Jesuit and Salesian religious congregations, Fr Bhausaheb Sansare and Fr Michael Fernandes will celebrate the mass on July 27 while emeritus Bishop Valerian D'Souza will celebrate the mass on July 28.
Pune Bishop Thomas Dabre along with emeritus Bishop D'Souza will concelebrate the mass on the last day of the jubilee celebrations on July 29. The festivities will conclude with a community. The oldest members of the church and former parish priests will be feliciated during the jubilee celebrations.
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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Bishop Valerian D’Souza’s sermons on Facebook

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Emeritus Bishop Valerian D’Souza’s sermons on Facebook a hit online

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 AT 10:44 AM (IST)
79-year-old prelate has 1,775 friends on Facebook. His spiritual reflections are getting much love in cyberspace

PUNE: Emeritus Bishop Valerian D'Souza who administered the Pune diocese for 31 long years has begun posting sermons on Facebook. The 79-year-old prelate has as many 1,775 friends on Facebook and is receiving many hits to his posts from youngsters across the globe.
The Emeritus Bishop who is also known as the singing Bishop for his penchant for playing the guitar during his preachings opened his Facebook account in March 2010. However, he began posting his spiritual reflections and short sermons on the networking site only a few months back. “I have won over 1,775 friends on Facebook and the list is increasing rapidly. Every day, I get at least 10 requests for confirmation as friends ,” the Emeritus Bishop told Sakal Times on Monday.
The net savvy Bishop was busy working on his laptop at the Viannny Home, the home for retired clergy in the Bishop's House complex on Empress garden road, when this correspondent paid him a visit on Monday afternoon. As the former Bishop of Pune, Rt Rev D'Souza has been a much sought after speaker at religious discourses in India and abroad. He has published three collections of his sermons. Until a few years ago, some cable networks used to telecast video CDs of his preachings, especially during the Holy Week comprising Good Friday and Easter.
In his Facebook profile, D'Souza, an alumnus of the St Vincent's High School and the Nowrosjee Wadia College said, “Now in retirement, but busier than before. Slowly changing into a lower gear, with more time to myself.”
Besides posting his sermons and spiritual advices on Facebook, the retired Bishop also uploads and tags pictures, shares links and greets and blesses people on their birthdays and anniversaries.

बिशप डिसोझा यांची 'फेसबुक'वरून जगभर प्रवचने

बिशप डिसोझा यांची 'फेसबुक'वरून जगभर प्रवचने
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 AT 01:15 AM (IST)
बिशप डिसोझांचा 79व्या वर्षी उपक्रम 

कामिल पारखे 
पुणे- ख्रिश्‍चन समाजाच्या पुणे धर्मप्रांताचे निवृत्त बिशप व्हॅलेरियन डिसोझा यांनी वयाच्या 79व्या वर्षी "फेसबुक'च्या माध्यमातून प्रवचने देण्यास सुरवात केली आहे. त्यांच्या उपक्रमाला अल्पावधीतच चांगलाच प्रतिसाद मिळत असून, जगभरातून सुमारे अठराशे मित्र जोडले गेले आहेत.

डिसोझा यांनी 126 वर्षांच्या पुणे धर्मप्रांताच्या इतिहासात तब्बल 31 वर्षे बिशपपद भूषविले. या कालावधीत त्यांनी शेकडो मोठी प्रवचने देऊन भक्तांना प्रभू येशूचा मार्ग दाखविला. प्रवचन देताना स्वतःच गिटार वाजवीत गाणी म्हणण्याची सवय असल्याने त्यांना "सिंगिंग बिशप' म्हणून ओळखले जात असे. अशा या उत्साही धर्मगुरूंनी मार्च 2010 मध्ये सुरू केलेल्या फेसबुक अकाउंटला सर्वाधिक प्रतिसाद तरुणवर्गाकडून मिळत आहे.

यासंदर्भात ते म्हणाले, ""मी आतापर्यंत 1,775 मित्र फेसबुकमार्फत जोडले असून, दररोज त्यात सरासरी दहा जणांची भर पडत आहे.'' सोमवारी त्यांच्या निवासस्थानी भेट घेतली तेव्हाही ते लॅपटॉप घेऊनच बसले होते. प्रवचन पोस्ट करण्याबरोबरच परिचितांना लग्न आणि वाढदिवसाच्या शुभेच्छाही ते नियमित पाठवीत असतात.

पुणे धर्मप्रांताचे बिशप असताना डिसोझा यांना देशात आणि युरोपात अनेक ठिकाणी धार्मिक प्रवचन देण्यासाठी मोठी मागणी असे. त्यांच्या प्रवचनांचे तीन खंड प्रसिद्ध झाले आहेत. गुड फ्रायडे आणि ईस्टरदरम्यान एका स्थानिक केबल नेटवर्कच्या माध्यमातून त्यांच्या प्रवचनांचे प्रक्षेपण अगदी अलीकडील काळापर्यंत करण्यात येत होते.