The platinum jubilee of the Diocese of Lucknow

February 20, 2015 by  
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Diocese of LucknowThe Catholic Diocese of Lucknow celebrated with great joy the Platinum Jubilee of its Foundation on 17 February 2015. The grand celebration was attended by the Chief Minister of U.P. Shri Akhilesh Singh Yadavji, Vatican Ambassador to India Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, Cabinet Minister Shri Rajendra Chowdhary Singhji, the Mayor of Lucknow Shri Dinesh Sharmaji, several Bishops from the various parts of U.P. and over 3,000 members of the Christian Community and many friends and well wishers.

On 17th February 2015, there was a Divine Service of Thanksgiving in the morning after which there was a Civic Reception during which 5 couples who celebrated the Golden Jubilee of their wedding as well as 11 priests who completed 75 years in their priestly life were felicitated. All the honoured guests were presented with Mementos. Shri Akhilesh Singh Yadavji also released a ‘SPECIAL COVER’ issued by the postal department to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee in recognition of the contribution of the Diocese, during the past 75 years, through various services towards the important task of nation building in the service of the people in the State of Uttar Pradesh.

It was joyous occasion for the Catholic Christian Community in the city and in the 10 central and North-Eastern districts of the U.P. State (Districts of Shravasti, Balrampur, Gonda, Bahraich, Barabanki, Lucknow, Unnao, Hardoi, Sitapur and Lakhimpur), who are serving the people in various educational, health-care, social developmental and other special institutions.

An Exhibition showing the history and work of each Mission Station or Church, a video film on the same and a thematic puppet show were shown to various school children and others in the days prior to the celebration. An Inter-Religious Meeting with the Religious Gurus of various Faiths was held at the Cathedral Hall on 14th February 2015 as a mark of inter-Religious cooperation and friendship among the adherents of the different Religions in the city of Lucknow and beyond.

In their speeches on the occasion both the Chief Minister and the Lucknow Mayor commended and appreciated the service of the Church of Lucknow to the people in Uttar Pradesh during the past 75 years, especially the recognition given to the couples who were completing 50 years of their married life and recognition of the elderly priests of the diocese.

At the end of the celebrations, the Bishop of Lucknow, Bishop Gerald J. Mathias expressed his gratitude to God and said: “We thank God Almighty for the past 75 years and we pledge ourselves anew to serve out brothers and sisters in the diocese in the coming years”.

– rev. dr. donald h. r. de souza

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