by Ashwin Fernandes

MUMBAI, MAY 28, 2019: Members from the Mumbai unit of the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA) marked the 150th anniversary of ADMA worldwide and 10th anniversary of ADMA Mumbai with a series of well-planned events at the Don Bosco Madonna campus on May 24.

Father Anthony Goyal, spiritual director of the ADMA Mumbai Unit, conceptualised the Marian Magic 2019, which was held on the occasion of the Feast of the Blessed Mother, Mary Help of Christians. The celebration began with an enthronement ceremony of Mary Help of Christians by Father McEnroe Lopes.

An animated Rosary, with the help of a powerpoint presentation, specially prepared for the event followed. Thereafter, the members participated in several Marian games and quizzes, which were based on the Rosary and the life events of the Blessed Mother.

The enthroned statue of Mary Help of Christians was then carried out in a solemn procession, led by Father Goyal and ADMA President, John Mathias, from the Provincial House to the Crypt in the Shrine of Don Bosco’s Madonna.

The Feast Mass was celebrated in the Crypt by Father Glenford Lowe, the Rector of the Provincial House, who, through his homily, based on true life testimonies, instilled in all ADMA members present, a strong belief that ‘Mother Mary is still alive and amongst us, today and forever’.

After Holy Mass, all members joined in the cake cutting ceremony. Father Goyal then announced the beginning of the 10thanniversary celebration, later this year, on September 8, the birthday of Mother Mary.

The Mumbai Unit of ADMA, under the guidance of Father Goyal, had earlier this year, hosted the first-ever interstate ADMA Mumbai – Goa Meet and a Lenten pilgrimage.

Earlier in 2019, ADMA Mumbai unit also witnessed fourteen member aspirants making their commitment on the feast of Don Bosco, on January 31, in the presence of the Salesian Provincial, Father Godfrey D’souza.