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Catholic ashram at Agassaim

07 Jul 2015 12:59am IST

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07 Jul 2015 12:59am IST

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AGASSAIM: A Catholic ashram and a venture of the Society of Pilar (Goa province) - ‘Subham Jinn’ (Life in Abundance), was inaugurated on Monday by the Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao at Moita, Agassaim.

The Provincial of Goa Province, Fr Kyriel D’Souza said that the Society of Pilar was celebrating its platinum jubilee and it was apt to open an ashram when the Catholic Church was celebrating the feast of St Thomas, an apostle who came and spread the teachings of Christ. Throwing light on the concept of the ashram, he said it was basically a place of God experience.

The archbishop lauded the efforts of the Society of Pilar and said it was a praise-worthy initiative. With the opening of this Catholic ashram, he said people across religions could come and experience God.

Speaking exclusively to Herald, the newly appointed guru of the ashram, Fr Galdino Monteiro said the basic vision of the ashram was attaining union with God and experience peace within and in the world. He said the ashram would enable people to grow in God consciousness and help them to live life in its fullness, creating equality, solidarity and fellowship among all people.

Fr Monteiro said the ashram would be open to all ‘seekers’ irrespective of caste and creed.

 where everyone experiences hospitality, love and compassion. “The lifestyle will be simple and eco-friendly with vegetarian food, simple clothes and living in simple shelters. It will be a place to build one’s faith, character and self esteem,” he added.

Fr Monteiro informed that the people will follow a regular schedule of personal, common prayer, yoga, manual work and instructions based on various scriptures. There will also be inter-faith prayers and meetings,” he said.

The superior general of the Society of Pilar, Fr Francis Carvalho, sarpanch of Agasaim, James Alfonso, ex-MLA of St Andre constituency, Francis Silveira and others were present.  

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