New Holy Land Commissariat in India

The Commissariat of the Holy Land was inaugurated in St. Anthony’s Friary, Bengaluru, India on 25 January 2020. The Most. Rev. Dr. Peter Machado, the Archbishop of Bengaluru inaugurated the Commissariat in the presence of Br. Marcelo Cicchinelli OFM, head of the Office for the Coordination of the Commissaries of the Holy Land, Br. Ramzi Sidwi OFM, Bursar of the Custody of the Holy Land and Fr. Aquilino Castillo OFM, Vocation Promoter of the Holy Land. Provincial Minister Br. Praveen D’ Souza OFM was also present.

While addressing the gathering, Archbishop Machado expressed his joy in inaugurating the Commissariat in the Archdiocese of Bengaluru. He said that he would support and collaborate with this Commissariat and its initiatives in the Diocese. Br. Praveen while introducing the Commissariat explained its goal, objectives and the scope of its activities.  Br. Marcelo in his address outlined the history of the Commissariat and emphasised that the Commissariat is a Pearl of the Missions of the Order and called for the promotion of the Vocations for the Custody of the Holy Land. Br. Francis Xavier, the Commissary of the Holy Land spoke at the end and thanked all those involved.

At the end of the program, the Office of the Commissariat of the Holy Land was blessed and inaugurated in St. Anthony’s Friary campus on Hosur Road, Bengaluru.