An institution in the service of the poor

Standing tall

Standing tall  

IT'S THE golden jubilee for St. Anthony's Friary Church at Madiwala Checkpost, and to mark this milestone, many activities have been lined up. A solemn mass is to be held on November 16 by the Archibishop of Bangalore, Ignatious Pinto.

First, some history. The friary was opened on November 13, 1952, with a small chapel in it for the use of the friars. A small group of Catholics from Adugodi and the Police Quarters nearby attend mass on Sundays. The following March, the Mission Unit of St. Anthony was erected, and the Parish of St. Anthony was born. As the numbers of worshippers swelled, the present Friary Chapel was added. A multipurpose hall came up in 1976, and the then Archbishop, Pakiam Arogyaswamy, raised the mission unit to the status of a parish. The present church came up in 2001, and today St. Anthony's Parish covers over 2,400 families, and is also one of the largest parishes in the archdiocese of Bangalore.

The parish is engaged in a range of social activities that reach out to the poor in the vicinity. The St. Anthony's Bread Centre is to be inaugurated on November 16, to feed the poor and the destitute. Under the Friary's umbrella, the St.Vincent de Paul Society helps poor families in education and healthcare, with donations from the parishioners. A marriage introduction service has helped many people find life-partners. A legal assistance cell helps poor families have free consultations with advocates.

By Alladi Jayasri

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