Married deacon for Poona diocese *Odisha religious leaders call for good governance

March 17, 2012 by  
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OrdinationMaharashtra, March 14, 2012: Roy D’ Monte will be ordained as a married deacon on April 23.

Poona diocese will soon have a married deacon.

Roy D’ Monte, an administrator at Loyola High School, will be ordained as a married deacon on April 23.

After the ordination, D’Monte would require the right to celebrate religious functions and administer sacraments, except for mass and confession.

“I fell in love with God several years ago and have been involved in a variety of activities at Our Lady Consoler of the Afflicted Church at Pimpri,” D’Monte said.

He is supported by his family in this new initiative. His wife Juliet is a Sunday school moderator in the church, and daughters Renita and Ramona are also actively involved in various youth activities of the church.

He had sent his application first in 1993 to the then Bishop Valerian D’Souza but could not be selected as there were several criteria that he had to fulfill like completing studies in theology and philosophy.

Bishop Thomas Dabre of Poona said there is a need for priests in the diocese as it oversees parishes in Pune, Satara, Solapur, Sangli, Kolhapur, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts of Maharashtra.

“There is enthusiasm and willingness among married people in the church to take on responsibilities and the Vatican too has allowed the ordination of permanent married deacons,” the prelate said.

The bishop said that they have not accepted all applications and do not allow anybody to become a married deacon as there are several criteria that have to be met.

Bishop Dabre said that, “there is sacrifice involved here specially as he is a married man. For a year, D’Monte was sent to different parishes and we wanted to gauge whether people would accept him.”

Fr. Anthony Charanghat, spokesperson of the Mumbai archdiocese, said the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India had sanctioned the ordination of married deacons in 1983.

At present, there are 10 married deacons in the country, all in Mumbai archdiocese.

Poona has 100,000 Catholic population.

– indian express

Odisha religious leaders call for good governance


Odisha religious leaders call for good governanceOrissa, March 14, 2012: 92 leaders of religious congregations came together for two days in Jharsuguda and opted for a paradigm shift in governance.

The unprecedented meeting was attended by Major Superiors and a large number of Local Superiors of communities across the state.

Conducted by a National Team of CRI the Consultation was organized by the Regional Conference of religious.

“Our feudal and patriarchal system of governance which expresses itself as a command and control system is irrelevant for our times” they said while analyzing the present day practices.

They felt that Good Governance in religious congregations can set an example and call for a priority in the governance of the state.

Good Governance can reduce the corruption which is rampant in the day to day administration of the society reducing the effectiveness of all welfare activities in the state.

They expressed the need to come together oftener for tackling common problems with new structures and greater social capital.

Sr. Agnes, the Regional president of CRI, spoke of the paradoxes we are faced with and expressed the need to discern the fast changing society as well as the urgency to move forward with courage and conviction.

Fr. Telespore Toppo SVD who gave the keynote address for the consultation exhorted the large gathering of superiors to think big for a better Odisha. We can work together and be more effective he felt.

The consultation is part of a national initiative by the CRI being organized in all the 13 Regions of the country.

Fr. Susanto Dighal, the Regional Executive Secretary of Odisha expressed confidence that the Religious of the state will make big things happen for a better future for religious effectiveness.

– cri

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