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The Annual General Body Meeting of Karnataka Regional Organization for Social Service (KROSS) was held at The Shimoga Multipurpose Social Service Society, Shivamogga on 21st September 2020.

The meeting commenced with an introduction by Sr. Zita D'Souza, KROSS, prayer led by Fr. Reginald Pinto, Director, Sampada-Udupi and welcome by Fr. Clifford Roshan Pinto, Director, SMSSS-Shivamogga.

Most Rev. Dr. Gerald Lobo, President-KROSS and Bishop of Udupi in his opening message said that the Church stands for Education, Health and Development. He said through the apostolate of Development we should give the good news to the people. He appreciated the members presence saying though we are amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, you made it possible to attend the meeting. He welcomed and offered a bouquet of flowers to Fr. Shanthraj, Director, CMSSS-Chikmagaluru/Hassan who was present for the first time after taking over as Director. He requested the members for their active participation, comments and suggestions for the fruitful implementation of the programs.

Fr. Sebastian Fernandes, Director-KROSS read the minutes of the previous meeting which were unanimously accepted and proposed to be passed by Fr. Reginald Pinto and seconded by Fr. Clifford Roshan Pinto.

The Program Manager/Project Officers presented their reports which were appreciated and provided with suggestions for better implementation of the programs. The Annual Accounts for the year 2019-2020 was presented by the Finance Manager which were deliberated and unanimously accepted and proposed to be passed by Fr. Clifford Roshan Pinto and seconded by Mr. Joseph Stanley.

The Regional Perspective Plan 2020-2025, Regional Pastoral Plan for Social Concerns and Development 2021-2023 and Regional Pastoral Plan for Justice and Peace 2021- 2023 were presented. These were deliberated and unanimously resolved and approved to be passed by a voice vote.

Most Rev. Dr. Francis Serrao, President-SMSSS and Bishop of Shivamogga was specially invited to release the KROSS Annual Report 2019-2020. He appreciated the report and said that it provides a lot of statistics. In his message he shared his own experience in working with the poor and marginalized in Mundgod, Uttara Kannada District and Sindghi, Vijayapura District.

Most Rev. Dr. Gerald Lobo, President-KROSS and Bishop of Udupi proposed the vote of thanks by thanking the Almighty for having protected us all from the COVID-19 pandemic. He thanked Most Rev. Dr. Francis Serrao for releasing the Annual Report and for his message, the Donors, Board Members, Diocesan Social Work Directors and their staff, the Special Invitee, Joint Secretary and KROSS Director and Staff.

Fr. Sebastian Fernandes thanked the President and the meeting ended with a prayer.