Mangaluru: The inauguration of the Platinum Jubilee celebration of Bethany Educational Society (BES) was organised at the Rosa Mystica campus. The Inaugural Mass was held at the Convent chapel and officiated by Rev Fr Wilfred Prakash Dsouza, the Director of St Joseph’s Engineering College, Vamanjoor. It was concelebrated by Rev Fr Rudolph Ravi D’sa the Parish Priest of Our Lady of Pompei Church, Gurpur and Rev Fr Sibi, the Director of Sneha Sadan, Kinnikambla. In his homily Fr Wilfred highlighted the achievements of Bethany Educational Society towards the education of the children specially the girl child and the poor.
It was followed by a formal stage programme at Bethany School Hall. Rev Sr Cicilia Mendonca, the Corporate Manger was the President of the programme. In her presidential address, she applauded the undaunted courage of the Founder and the pioneers striving to impart quality education to the people in rural areas. Though education was imparted at the very inception of the Congregation, BES was registered in the year 1948. ‘Transformative education for the fullness of Life towards Human fraternity’ was the theme of the Platinum Jubilee year. Dr Shreepathi the alumnus of Rosa Mystica School, Ahmad Bava the alumnus of St Raymond’s institutions, Yashvanth Shetty, President of Gurpur Gram Panchayat and Rev Fr Sibi were the chief guests for the programme. In his speech, Dr Shreepathi expressed his reminiscences of student life at School and thanked the teachers for playing a prominent role to shape his personality. Ahmad Bava the journalist at Daijiworld expressed his gratitude towards the teachers for encouraging him in his studies which made him pursue his higher studies and career.
Milestones of BES history were depicted with dance drama performed by St Raymond’s campus Institutions. It was choreographed by Balakrishna the teacher of Little Flower School, Darbe, Puttur. The students from Sacred Heart High School echoed the Jubilee chorus composed by Sr Jessy Rita. The students of Bethany School, Rosa Mystica implored God’s blessings on the day’s programme. Students from Rosa Mystica PU College welcomed the gathering through a welcome dance and Sr Shubha the Province coordinator of Education expressed words of welcome to the President and chief guests. Leena Lilly Pinto the teacher from Rosa Mystica Hr Pry School and Veena Bennis of Rosa Mystica DElEd compered the day’s programme