The 35th commemoration of Rev. Mary Bastian and the children and public killed with him was held Monday at 7 a.m. in front of the statue of Fr.Bastian near St. Anne’s church in Mannar.
The commemoration and prayers for, Fr. Bastian, who was serving as the Secretary of the Vankalai St. Ann’s Parish and 10 people of the area including innocent children who were killed by the army from Thallady Army Camp on the 6th January 1985.
Several Clergy and people including Mannar Bishop, Rt. Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Fernando, Vicar General Rev. Fr. Victor Sosai, rev. Fathers, Sistersand the general public. A sacrificial flame was lighted in front of the statue of Fr.Bastian and a common prayer was held.
Trees were planted in memory of Fr. Bastian.