12 Church confers 10th Human Dignity Award on Missionaries of Charity - Sneha J Christian

posted Feb 22, 2018, 8:41 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Feb 22, 2018, 8:41 AM ]
“When I was hungry… sick…homeless…, you fed me…took care of me… gave me shelter.”

Kaira Social Service Society (KSSS), a diocesan Centre for Social Action, celebrated its 51st anniversary day as Human Dignity Day at Town Hall, Anand on February 12, 2018. Fr Joseph Appavoo, Director of KSSS, highlighted the significance of the day by sharing the thoughts of Pope Francis: “Search for the people who are excluded, bring them to the mainstream and include them.” Fr Jelastin welcomed all the participants for the programme. Sr Usha, O.P. highlighted the achievements of KSSS. Rt. Rev. Thomas Macwan, the Archbishop of Gandhinagar and the president of KSSS and the new Bishop-elect Ratnaswami conferred the Tenth Human Dignity Award on Missionaries of Charity (St Mother Teresa), Vadodara for the outstanding dedicated services in promoting the dignity of destitute, orphans, lepers, sick and the poor who are on the periphery of society, marginalised, unaccepted, unwanted and pushed out of society. Sr Therese Marie received the Human Dignity Award on behalf of the congregation.

The Chief Guest, Shri Chetna Desai, the Child Protection Officer, UNICEF, was very much inspired with the story shared by prime ministers of Children's Parliaments. In her speech, she emphasised on the four basic rights of children and appreciated the interventions of KSSS in promoting child rights. Shri Dhaval Patel, IAS, Collector of Anand District, appreciated the Logo of KSSS, and in his address, he connected the four words - Peace, Justice, Development and Human Dignity with each other. In his speech, he shared, “Let us give the value of living with Dignity to the entire Humanity.”

Sr Therese Marie congratulated Fr Joseph Appavoo and his team members for their dedicated service to humanity in promoting justice, peace, development and human dignity. She wished KSSS all the best in their future endeavours. Mother Teresa inspired all the sisters to serve the poor with dedication as Jesus mandated to do the same by saying, “When you do this to the least of my brothers, you did it to me.”