Devotees flocked to St John de Baptist Chapel Gaumvaddi Anjuna (birthplace of Venerable Agnelo D’Souza) to celebrate the 151st birth anniversary of their saintly son of the soil. The solemn Eucharist was presided by Bishop of Shimoga, Fr Francis Serrao. The theme of the celebration was ‘Ven Agnelo experienced Christ and proclaimed Him; Go and Do Likewise’.
In his homily, the Bishop called on the gathering to emulate the divinity reflected in the life of Venerable Agnelo. Christian life, he said, can be divided in three stages: devotee, disciple, and apostle. He urged the people to be authentic disciples and apostles of Jesus. “Fr Agnelo experienced Jesus, he had true devotion to the sacred heart, the Eucharist and Mother Mary; he became a true disciple and also went out and proclaimed the Word, becoming an apostle,” he said. He quoted the Indian teaching of ‘Shravana, Manana, Nididhyasana’ meaning listening to God’s Word, then meditating, and thereby integrating it in our lives.
In the end, vice postulator Fr Tony Fernandes spoke about the process of canonisation of Venerable Agnelo and also urged the faithful to be fervent in prayer. Many people from Anjuna, Pilar and even Rachol with their parish priest Fr Eremito Rebello were present for the celebration. They visited the house of Fr Agnelo and kissed the