Celebrations to mark the 150th birth anniversary (1869-2019) of Venerable Agnelo de Souza were held in Goa (Anjuna, Rachol, Shiroda and Sanvordem), Kumta, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and UK. In Anjuna, the celebrations were organised at St Michael’s Church under the leadership of Fr Patrick Luis who galvanised the parish to have a meaningful celebration.
The Eucharistic celebration was presided over by Reverend Filipe Neri Ferrao, Archbishop of Goa and Daman while Fr Sebastiao Mascarenhas preached on the Word of God. He reminded the gathering that Venerable Agnelo continues to inspire and attract people because of his virtuous and holy life. Fr Tony Fernandes, Vice-postulator of the Cause of Ven Agnelo de Souza thanked the devotees for coming in large numbers. He also spoke about the canonisation process and urged the people to pray for the beatification of the son of Goa.
At the end of the celebration Bishop Filipe Neri Ferrao released a book titled ‘Maneavont Agnelachea Jivitantlim Liplolim Mankam Motiam’ written by Brother Eusebio Miranda, editor of Vavraddeancho Ixtt.