40 Bishops of Hindi Speaking Regions Meet at Patna

The Bishops of Catholic Church in the Hindi Speaking regions of India had their biannual gathering at Atmadarshan, Digha Ghat, Patna from August 11 to 13. There were 40 of them from Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan. The main purpose of their coming together this year was to strengthen Catholic Hindi literature, discuss the future of Hindi weekly Buland Prajatantra and Hindi translation of the Roman Missal.

As part of the schedule it was decided that all the bishops would concelebrate the Eucharist at Kurji Parish on August 13, 2014. The Eucharist that began at 6.30 am was presided over by Cadinal Telesphore P. Toppo, the Archbishop of Ranchi. Six Archbishops, 30 bishops and ten priests concelebrated the Eucharist with the Cardinal. The Catholic students from all the Catholic schools in the city were present in their uniforms accompanied by the Catholic teachers and staff. Many faithful from all the parishes of the Patna deanery participated in the Holy Mass. The Catholic students of Harmann Girls' High School led the entrance procession with a devotional dance. The members of the Mahila Sangh welcomed all the prelates by washing their hands and applying sandalwood paste on the forehead. All the Archbishops were welcomed with arti, sandalwood paste and garlands. Fr. Johnson Kelakath, S. J., the Parish Priest welcomed all and presented a brief history of the Kurji Church staring from 1855 up until today. In his homily the Cardinal emphasized the need to remain faithful to the Lord who leads us in a very special way that we are unable to understand. Trust in the Lord and entrust ourselves to Him, the prelate said.

After the Holy Communion, Most Rev. William D'Souza, S. J., the Archbishop of Patna thanked all for their various contributions in making the Eucharist a memorable experience for the prelates and for the Church in Patna. The students of St. Michael's High School sang a felicitation song and gave a rose each to every prelate present for the Eucharist. After the holy Mass, two coconut saplings were panted in front of the Church as a memorial of this grace filled occasion. One sapling was planted by the Cardinal and the other by the Archbishop of Patna.