Religious discuss social transformation of Karnataka
The meeting also reflected on the topic ‘Spirituality and good governance’
Contribution of the Religious in the social transformation of Karnataka was one of the topics discussed during the 17th annual general assembly of the major superiors of the state.
The three-day meeting from July 27 began with a prayer led by Sisters of Stella Maris Convent in Bangalore.
The meeting also reflected on the topic ‘Spirituality and good governance.’
Father Archie Gonsalves, President of Karnataka Regional CRI (KRCR), presented his key note address on “Good Governance as a response to the challenges faced by the Religious”.
“For good governance we should have good leaders to be on fire to revitalize religious life and be a transformative model,” he said.
The priest said that as consecrated persons, “we need to make the preferential option for the poor. Many times our poverty doesn’t make sense because we keep accumulating. Individualism, corruption and lack of accountability are also seen among the religious.”
R.V. D’Souza, one of the speakers, delved on the topic “The Role of the Religious in the Social Transformation of Karnataka”.
“As responsible persons we can contribute to the social transformation by changing an individual,” he said.
D’Souza said that with selfless love, transparency, dedication and determination we can achieve this goal.
He said that, “we must encourage our children to enter into government services and political areas. Through RTI Act, we should empower the youth to fight against corruption and transform our society.”
Salesian Father Paul Puthanagady, Episcopal Vicar for Religious, inspired the members on the Beatitudes and said that as leaders “we need to govern with love and forgiveness.”
Jesuit Father Freddie D’Silva, who was the resource person for the event, spoke on ‘Spirituality of Good Governance’.
“Spirituality is a way of being, a way of doing and a way of witnessing. Spirituality is a source of inspiration and strength, motivation and values,” the priest added.
The major superiors also met the bishops at a joint meeting to discuss the challenges faced by the Religious regarding the new denominations coming up within the church in Karnataka and the Catechetical Mission in the state.
“The ongoing dialogue in the diocese with the bishops, Religious and priests will help us solve the problems,” Archbishop Bernard Moras of Bangalore said regarding the draft submitted to him.
He also suggested training of Religious in journalism to have a positive image in the public in support of the Church.
Sister Kusumam, the executive secretary, presented the annual report of KRCR.