St Fidelis Friary - Monte Mariano Church - Convent - Farangipet - the Origin of Monthi Fest - Farangipet, Mangalore

Monte Mariano Church – Farangipet

Monte Mariano Church – Farangipet
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Monte Mariano Church – Farangipet

The Origin of Monthi Fest

Monte Mariano Church at Farangipet in Mangalore, is a church where the Roman Catholic festival Monti Fest was initiated by Fr. Joachim Miranda, a Goan Catholic priest at Farangipet in 1763. The Roman catholic community is still following same tradition of monti feast on 8th September every year.

The official name of the place is Monte Mariano- Mount of Mary. The Monthi fest derives its name, from Monte. It was here that a Goan priest, Fr. Joachim Miranda, started this annual new corn feast.

St Fidelis Friary - Monte Mariano Church - Convent - Farangipet - the Origin of Monthi Fest - Farangipet, Mangalore
St Fidelis Friary – Monte Mariano Church – Convent – Farangipet
St Fidelis Friary - Monte Mariano Church - Convent - Farangipet - the Origin of Monthi Fest - Farangipet, Mangalore
St Fidelis Friary – Monte Mariano Church – Convent – Farangipet

 

St. Francis of Assisi - Monte Mariano Church - Convent - Farangipet - the Origin of Monthi Fest - Farangipet, Mangalore
St. Francis of Assisi – Monte Mariano Church

The statue of Infant Mary which is preserved in our chapel has an interesting history. It is from Italy. It was brought by a family in Nelyadi-Kerala. They wanted to donate it to a Church. Meanwhile they were told by some Mangalorean family that the feast of the Nativity took birth in Monte Mariano-Farangipet. And one fine day with the whole family they visited here donated the statue. There is a wooden carved statue of St. Francis of Assisi brought by the Portuguese and it is 480 years old. Nowhere one can see a statue of St. Francis holding a cross and the Bible in his hand. This shows the missionary life of Francis proclaiming Christ. It is a miracle statue.

The statue of Infant Mary - Monte Mariano Church - Convent - Farangipet - the Origin of Monthi Fest - Farangipet, Mangalore
The statue of Infant Mary – Monte Mariano Church
St Fidelis Friary - Monte Mariano Church - Convent - Farangipet - the Origin of Monthi Fest - Farangipet, Mangalore
St Fidelis Friary – Monte Mariano Church
St Fidelis Friary - Monte Mariano Church - Convent - Farangipet - the Origin of Monthi Fest - Farangipet, Mangalore
St Fidelis Friary – Monte Mariano Church

Post Credit: Ashok Wilson D Souza
Special Thanks to Monte Mariano Church - Farangipet

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