Parish priest on transfer from Bondel, Fr Antony Serrao took charge at the Bendur parish here on June 3.

Fr Serrao received a warm welcome from the Bendur parishioners at 4.30 pm. Outgoing Bendur parish priest Fr Peter Noronha welcomed Fr Serrao with a garland

Fr Serrao lit a candle and passed on the flame to all the parish council members. Parish council secretary Laveena John briefed on the history of Bendur.

Addressing the parishioners, Fr Noronha said that the service he had rendered in this parish was the most precious one. By passing on the burden on to Fr Serrao’s shoulders, he felt relieved with a sense of contentment. ‘Bendur is a huge parish and a capable priest is always needed here. Our Bishop believed in Fr Serrao’s capabilities and sent him as my successor,’ he said. He also urged Fr Serrao to complete whatever work he had started in the parish and fulfil his dream.

Bondel’s new parish priest Fr Andrew D’Souza too spoke on the occasion. He said that Fr Serrao was a capable priest to handle the Bendur parish. He called him dedicated, far-sighted bold and goal-oriented and opined that under his leadership the Bendur parish would complete all its projects which Fr Noronha had started.

Episcopal city ward vicar Fr Stany Goveas said that Fr Noronha had made a mark wherever he has served. His service to various parishes is always remembered. He served with dedication and worked for the betterment of the parish. Whoever came to him never returned empty-handed. The Bendur parish is known for charity and many have benefited from it. He said that Fr Serrao would continue to serve with the same zeal.

Replying to the toast, Fr Serrao thanked the Bondel parishioners and Bendur parishioners for the love and honour shown towards him and his service. He assured to render the same service which Fr Noronha served.

Many diocesan priests, among others, Frs Michael Santhumayor, William Menezes, Sylvester Vincent Lobo, Anil Canute Lobo, Wilson V D’Souza and Vincent Monteiro, were present on the occasion.