🕓 February 11, 2003
Kanajar, Feb 11: Lourdes Hospital, a long cherished dream of Kanajarians has come true and to mark this occasion a grand inaugural function was held on the 11th of February 2003 at 16:30 hrs.
Shri Oscar Fernandes inaugurating the Hospital
Shri. Lawrence Saldanha Kanajar, Bishop of Mangalore Rev. Fr. Aloysius P. D'souza, AICC Gen. Secretary Shri. Oscar Fernandes. Shri. Veerappa Moily, Rev. Fr. Remegius Aranha, Shri. Gopala Bhandary
Among the dignitaries present on this auspicious occasion were His Lordship Bishop of Mangalore
Rev. Fr. Aloysius Paul D'souza, A.I.C.C General Secretary Shri. Oscar Fernandes, Smt. Blossom Oscar
Fernandes, Ex-Chief Minister of Karnataka Shri. Veerappa Moily and local M.L.A Shri. Gopal
The brain behind the project Mr. Lawrence Saldanha, who is also the Chairman of Lourdes Kanajar Charitable Trust (LKCT) and the Managing Director Rev.Fr. Remegius Aranha welcomed the dignitaries at the church compound earlier and later led the procession to the hospital premises.
In his welcoming speech Mr. Lawrence Saldanha, briefed about the project and its benefits to the common man in such a rural area. He elaborated on the achievements of fellow Kanajarians and the subsequent formation of Kanajar Welfare Associations abroad for the cause.
Rev. Fr. Aloysius P. D'Souza congratulated Mr. Lawrence Saldanha and Fr. Remegius Aranha for their excellent service to the people of Kanajar and appreciated the initiative taken by Mr. Lawrence Saldanha and his team. Shri Oscar Fernandes inaugurated the Hospital building and Shri Veerappa Moily inaugurated the OT/LT blocks. Rev. Fr. A.P D'souza blessed the building and a prayer at the grotto of our Lady of Lourdes inside the Hospital. During the function, Sponsors as well as Directors were honored with a memento by Mrs. Fernandes. Among the Sponsors, Mr. Charles D'sa (Mangalore) and Lawrence Saldanha (Kanajar) were present to receive the memento. Directors present were Mr. Thomas Saldanha (Kanajar), Mr. Felix R. Saldanha (Moodubidri), Mr. Frank Lobo (Kanajar), Mr. Xavier Mathias (Kanajar).
Mr.Elias Rebello, teacher at Lourdes Primary School ably conducted the inaugural program and Rev.Fr. Remegius Aranha gave vote of thanks.
Welcome dance by children