An Appeal to Participate in my Mission
Rev. Fr. Walter Menezes, PhD
Pallottine Fathes & Brothers
ABVM Province, Bangalore, India
In addition to being a Catholic Priest, and a specialisation in the field of Philosophy and Law at an Institute of Excellence, I have been blessed to be teaching in the prestigious St. Stephen’s College of Delhi University, New Delhi. Therefore any appeal for help is not my cup of tea, though what I may call God’s Call has led me to this appeal. It all happened on the evening of May 7th 2018, when I was offering my 14th ordination anniversary Eucharist at St. Xavier’s Church, Pune (India). There was a usual prayer request for a two year old child. To my surprise never did I imagine that my prayer to his grandson made Mr. Dominic Albert Lobo to fix me as his potential Donee of a thirty year old English Medium School, which was being run by his family as “National English School’, Old Sangvi, Pune. What followed thereafter is a history.
We, the Pallottine Fathers who are growing rapidly in size and stature are really blessed to have received this Donation of a School to our Congregation. This Project is more dear to my heart because, ever since my teaching in the prestigious College of the country I always envisaged of running an Institute of Excellence that can emulate Christian Values through our founders motto "Love of Christ urges us on," to the poor and needy. Old Sangvi (Pune, 027) situated between two rivers, namely ‘Mula’ and ‘Mutha’ neither owns a Church nor a Christian Institution, and hence, I reckon, is a perfect place to respond my call.
Needless to say, NOT ME, it all says about the missionary zeal of Mr. Dominic Albert Lobo & Family, who responded God's call so radically that he sacrificed his 'Bread and Butter' and offered it our congregation so that his dream of serving the needy children of the area is effectively realised. He offered everything he had to the Lord when he turned down the offer of 25 crores for commercialisation of the school by a business man and offered it to the Pallottine Congregation free of cost. The congregation in its Provincial Council meeting held on March 16, 2019 accepted Mr. Dominic Albert’s Lobos offer, and entrusted on me an additional responsibility of meeting all legal expenses of registration, ideating, renovation and developing an Institute of Excellence. I am aware that it is a challenging task to raise funds worth 1,65,000 U.S Dollars all by myself, but having placed my mission before you as the potential donor, I am convinced that the Lord himself would work through you as a donor. While Mr. Dominic Lobo along with his Children has given up 25 crores to the Lord, it is my humble attempt and desire to reciprocate this donation in the name of the Lord by renovating this 30 year old school so that I may be able to create such an ambiance for the students of this locality which Mr. Dominic himself desired all through his life. Would you participate in this mission of mine and do your bit to help me to raise this fund in whatever way you can?
Kindly note, for any donation worth 3,000 USD and/or above would be acknowledged through a personal message from the provincial of ABVM Province, Bangalore.
IF YOU ARE GOING TO DONATE IN A BIGWAY, AS MENTIONED IN REWARDS ABOVE 500 USD you can also contact me directly via [email protected] or +918879027233.
Contact:Fr. Walter Menezes, SAC, Department of Philosophy, St. Stephen's College, New Delhi, India, email: [email protected], Cell: +918879027233