Friday, January 3, 2014

Fr. Joe works with Persuasion and Compassion - Says Archbishop (Dr.) Felix Machado @ the release of the 24 hours a day book in Marathi

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Vasai, Jan 01, 2014
His Grace Archbishop (Dr) Felix Machado, Bishop of Vasai, released the Marathi edition of the book “24 Hours A Day” (called the Little Black Book), at the Kripa Foundation, Vasai Centre on Wednesday evening. “24 Hours A Day”, is one of the many works published by Hazelden, a premier institution of addiction in America, working for the rehabilitation of Alcoholics.  This institution has published a number of works to help out alcoholics and their families to sustain them on the road to recovery.
The initiative to bring out the Marathi edition of this book was taken by Padmashree Awardee, Rev. Fr. Joe Pereira, Managing Trustee of Kripa Foundation. The Marathi version was translated by Rev. Fr. (Dr.) Robert D’Souza, Director of Jeevan Darshan Kendra, Giriz.
Archbishop Machado expressing his views about the book pointed out that it is totally based on spirituality. “It’s not a book of command or a set of rules, which have to be followed by any particular individual. But the entire concept of the book is to help us on how to live our lives in sobriety,” he explained.
He also heartily appreciated the efforts taken to make this book available in Marathi. “This book will be helpful to Marathi speaking people as it will help them to understand the book spiritually and implement the concept so that they improve their way of living,” he further stated.
Archbishop Machado also praised the special efforts of Fr. Joe Pereira. “Rev. Fr. Joe Pereira always works towards the recovery of the patients. It is the holistic growth that helps the persons to get healed psychologically and spiritually,” he mentioned.
“Fr. Joe’s work is always appreciated because it is specially heart-level recovering. He is satisfied and happy when the patients become happy in their lives,” he further said.
Mr. Lucky Singh, Chairmain,  Alcoholic Anonymous- G.S.O. India. Robert D’Souza, Bosco D’Souza,Fr.Raymond Director of youth and Communication Vasai Diocese, Arun Shelar, GM G.S.O. India, AA and NA fellowship members  along with  other dignitaries and well-wishers.
This book has been copyrighted and has exclusive permission of Hazelden.

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Godwin D'Costa

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Mozen H.