"When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time."
If you want to assist at Mass, with devotion and with fruit, think of the sorrowful Mother at the feet of Calvary.
Fransalian Agency for Social Care and Education (FAsCE India) of the North East India Province is an NGO working among the tribals of North East Region. It mainly focuses on empowerment of women, education of the young, community mobilization and health care. I joined this organization in June 219.
This year due to excess rain the Brahmaputra plain was flooded. The surrounding areas were badly affected. Many people had to take shelter on the railway tracks. A slum of migrant laborers close to our locality, had most of the houses half submerged in the flood waters. For me it was a different experience all together to get into the shoes of a social worker cum relief agent. After having made an immediate assessment, FAsCE India team reached these helpless people with essential relief materials. Those who are badly affected were almost five hundred and fifty families. Some of the places were difficult to reach as the roads were submerged by the water from the overflowing rivers and communication services were fully cut off. After the waters had subsided we promptly conducted two medicals camps as part of post flood relief. All types of contagious diseases had affected the people. Those living in poor conditions always become victims of these infectious diseases. It was really painful to see the people, especially mothers with babies, standing in long queues for hours to get medical assistance. It was an eye opener for me to get to know the reality of life, especially of the neglected and the marginalized. There is a large section of people who are voiceless, sidelined and unheard. The real meaning of service can be found in this reality. We need to organize, lead and uplift them. A social worker needs to be always ready to be at the service of others, come what may. Like Jesus he should to be prepared to serve than wait to be served. “Remember a servant is not greater than his Master.” Fr. Anto Thomas MSFS
On 15th November 2019, the Vice-Promoters of
the Cause of the Founder from India gathered for a day-long session at MSFS
Provincialate, Guwahati. Fr. Francis Poovelil, the resource person provided
inputs on ‘Fr. Mermier, a Person Moulded and Groomed by the Holy Spirit’ and
‘Prophetic Vision in Fr. Peter Mermier.’ An important aspect of the meeting as
requested by Rev. Fr. Yves Carron, Assistant Superior General and Postulator of
the cause of Fr. Mermier, was to discuss on identifying the witnesses from
India who have a basic knowledge of Fr. Mermier, who are aware of his
reputation of sanctity, his virtuous life and his intercessory power in their
life. The following decisions were made for immediate implementations at the
initiative of CFT vice-promoters from every Province.
Issac John MSFS
I reached Rome on 1/9/2019 and did the admission formalities and a short course of Italian. In the first week of October the classes started in the University known as Angelicum. Among the many universities in Rome, this is the only university which has courses conducted in English and Italian. For the first one month I stayed at the MSFS house which is very close to the St. Peter’s Square in Rome. Then I shifted to the Generalate of the Congregation of La Salette Fathers, as student-confreres are not expected to stay in the MSFS house in Rome. The new accommodation is 45 minutes travel by public transport from the University. I am the only Indian student among the many student-priests residing here. The MSFS confreres in Rome come together for monthly recollections, birthdays and other celebrations just like our Apostolic Communities coming together in India. Travelling here is easy as there are plenty of public transport facilities and an annual ticket that each student has permit him unlimited travel by bus/tram/train anywhere in Rome for one year. There are professors from 30 countries and students from 90 countries in my university. On reaching Rome, I was surprised to see that even the Superior General cooks and washes since there are no domestic staffs. In the University there are professors in their 90’s who are still teaching and students in their 60’s attending classes with me. I look forward to an enjoyable stay in the Eternal City and to do well in my studies. Fr. Wilson Abraham MSFS
9th and 10th November 2019 were joyful and memorable days for the people of St. Peter’s Church, Raidihi. Rev. Fr. Abraham Vettuvellil, our beloved Superior General and Rev. Fr. J. B. Muthuswamy, our Provincial visited Raidihi Mission. They were solemnly welcomed and taken in procession from the main gate to the Presbytery, accompanied by traditional drum beats. The formal inauguration of the Silver Jubilee Year of St. Peter’s Church, Raidihi, was held on 10th November 2019. Rev. Fr. Abraham Vettuvellil lit the lamp and declared open the celebration of the Jubilee Year. Then one representative of the Parish Associations joined in lighting the lamp. The theme of the Jubilee Year is: Let Us Keep Burning the Light of Faith (Biswash ker Diya ke Jalaeke Rakhab). The choir along with all the faithful present joyfully sang the hymn of Faith which was sung, when the Parish was inaugurated 25 years ago. The Holy Eucharist was celebrated by Rev. Fr. J. B. Muthuswamy and the homily was preached by Rev. Fr. Abraham Vettuvellil. He asked the faithful to pray for the departed family members who were at one time a part of the Parish and had contributed to its growth. In his homily he highlighted about the true meaning of life. He said we should not be afraid of death or worry about our imperfections. There was a short felicitation program after the Holy Eucharist. The Parishioners expressed their gratitude to the MSFS for their great service to the Mission. The main attraction of the felicitation program was a Sambalpuri dance by the Primary students and a traditional Oraon dance by Jhareinmal Mandly. The programme ended with Fr. Abraham blessing all present and wishing them a joyful Silver Jubilee celebration. Fr. Bijay Kerketta MSFS
9th November 2019, the progressive mission of Mozambique added another feather in the history of Mozambique Delegation as it joyfully welcomed the newly ordained deacons, Bro. Linus, Bro. Moises and Bro. Poomagan. The order of diaconate took place in St. John the Evangelist Church, Malhangalene, during the solemn Eucharistic Banquet which was presided over by Rt. Rev. Francisco Chimoio, the Archbishop of Maputo, in the presence of 30 priests, many religious and faithful. In his homily, the Archbishop exhorted the newly ordained deacons to be honest, prudent, zealous, enthusiastic, punctual, devout and sincere in exercising their pastoral ministry. He reminded the faithful that the harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few and so to pray for the newly ordained deacons and all the priests that they may be faithful and fruitful in their ministry.
Besides all the MSFS confreres of Mozambique Delegation, our ever ready and helpful benefactors, well-wishers and friends, the Vice-Provincial of the Vincentians, the Regional Superior of the SVD and the Minister of Work and Social Security were also present for the liturgy. We also expressed gratefulness to God as we got our first deacon from Mozambique. Fr. Henry, the Delegation Superior, on behalf of the MSFS and Bro. Linus, on behalf of the newly-ordained deacons, thanked the gathering for having graced the occasion with their presence. The celebration ended with all joyfully participating in the agape.
Bro. Amit Baa MSFS
The Annual Province Retreat October 2019 was animated
by Fr. Jacob Parappally MSFS. Titled; ‘Centring on Christ and Becoming Human’,
the days of the retreat were grace filled moments to be with the Lord. Imbued
by the exhortation of our Heavenly Patron that “I am nothing if not human,” all
the reflections shared by the preacher were based on the passage from Rom 12:
2-18. In fact, he invited everyone to waste our time in the presence of the
Lord so that we may be transformed and thus be able to transform the world.
Fr. Jacob made it very clear that the renewal of our mind is the first step towards transformation. When one has the right thoughts in the mind one can develop the right feelings and thus it results in right actions. Therefore, what is expected from each one is to change the perspective with which one approaches one’s life. While
clearly distinguishing between the Core identity which is Christophony or aham-Christasmi and Role identity as assigned by our superiors, he stated that our role identity in the mission must fulfil our core identity by reflecting the Christic character. The very core identity of each exhorts us to become more Christo centric. The role identity invites us to pro-active by breaking all the shackles of conditioning, such as genetic, social, psychological, etc. and thus become more humane in our encounter with others. Discovering the direction of our self, particularly articulating the personal mission statement, and growing from dependence to independence and finally to inter-dependence are the major hurdles in becoming Christo centric in today’s world.
Having been created in the image and likeness of the Trinity, we are by our very nature communitarian and we are expected to imitate the Fatherly dimension of transcendence, the Son dimension of transparency and the Spirit dimension of immanence. Such interiorization of Trinitarian dimensions enables us to encounter God and thus transform our lives. Recognizing the Spirit within us in the depth of inner silence, one can also experience the absence of God in one’s life and the realization of such absence gives us the realization of presence of God, just as St. John finds the presence of the Risen Jesus in His absence at the empty tomb. God through sacraments and prayer invites all of us, to have an encounter with Him and to let our lives become a God experience for the other. Similarly, prayer must be an openness, spontaneity or candidness, which ultimately lets us to grow from formality to a personal intimacy with God. The preacher concluded the retreat exhorting all to engage in an Apostolic Adventurism with proper discernment, to become more relevant in the context of Indian society.
Fr. Jacob with his expertise in Christology and with the natural ability to present matters in his most convincing and interesting style kept every participant of this retreat alert and awake. With specific themes for each day’s talks and time for adoration made the days of prayers and reflections more devotional and meaningful. At the end time was given to the participants to clarify their theological confusions and doubts. I pray that as envisaged, all the participants of this retreat may centre themselves on Christ to become more human and thus be more effective ministers of Christ in one’s own respective apostolate. Fr. Anson Abraham MSFS
An educational institution in Kandor mission,
Jharkhand was a long cherished dream of the Nagpur Province. The people of this
place too had the same dream. 21st October 2019 was a joyful and memorable day in
the history of Kandor mission. At 10.30 a.m. we began the Inauguration Ceremony
with Holy Mass. Sr. Anupa Kiro FCC welcomed all the guests. Holy Mass was
presided over by Rt. Rev. Julius Marandi, the Bishop of Dumka Diocese. Bishop
Julius in his introduction appreciated the fast developing work being done by
the MSFS in Kandor Mission and he thanked especially the Provincial and Fr.
Francis V. MSFS, who came all the way from Germany to be present for this
event. The Bishop also said that as the number of students is increasing every
year a new school building was very much needed. This school will definitely
provide the best education to the underprivileged children and help especially
the Santhal children to have a bright future.
Then the school building was inaugurated by Fr. Provincial. He cut the ribbon at main entrance of the school and unveiled the plaque. The ceremonial lamp was lit by Bishop Julius, Fr. Provincial, Fr. Francis V. and the other invited guests. The ground floor was blessed by Bishop Julius and the first floor by Fr. Francis V. in the presence of students, staff, religious, priests and the faithful. This was followed by a cultural program. The school community then welcomed the special guest by presenting them with a rose flower. The entire program was well organized by the teachers and students.
Kamil Tete proposed the vote of thanks and honoured all the guests by
presenting them with a shawl. The architect Mr. Parag Date, the contractor Mr.
Amit Patre, and Mr. Neetin Zanwar BPO of Borio Block, Jharkhand were specially
honoured. The Kandor Community acknowledged, appreciated and expressed sincere
gratitude to God, to the Provincial Administration and especially to Fr.
Francis, Mrs. Martina Kamp and all the parishioners of Pinzberg Germany who
financially supported us to build the new school building. Fr.
Kamil Tete MSFS
On 10th October, St. John’s Community
celebrated with joy the Golden Jubilee of Mrs. Laxmi’s dedicated service in St.
John’s kitchen. All members of the MSFS Apostolic Community of Nagpur, the Holy
Cross sisters and the near and dear ones of Mrs. Laxmi joined in praising God
for this great milestone of her life of service.
The Thanksgiving Mass was held at St. John’s Chapel. The main celebrant was Fr. Melroy and the homily was preached by Fr. Muthuswamy. In his introduction Fr. Melroy shared a dialogue between Fr. Mermier and Mrs. Laxmi, a true daughter of his, who served his sons for the past 50 years and spent many years working with his daughters.
Fr. Mermier smiled and said; “Laxmi you are doing a very noble task. God bless you
and your family members.”
After the mass Mrs. Laxmi was welcomed to the dining room by showering of rose petals. Fr. Vishwas was the M.C. for the felicitation program. After the words of welcome, Mrs. Laxmi cut the cake and all sang congratulations to her. She was felicitated with a shawl by the Provincial and given a bouquet and a gift by the community members. As soup and snacks were being enjoyed on the screen was shown glimpses of her life of service. Mrs. Laxmi in her choked voice expressed her gratitude to the members of St. John’s community for organizing such a meaningful program. Fr. Telespore gave the vote of thanks and all enjoyed the delicious meal.
Mrs. Laxmi is a person of strong faith and ardent in her commitment. Her perseverance and total dedication to her mission in the kitchen is greatly admired by all. Alfred Lord Tennyson in his poem “The Brook” wrote; “Men may come and men may go, but I go on forever.” Mrs. Laxmi can rightly say; “Fathers and brothers will come and go but I will go on serving, till the Lord desires.” May God bless her with good health and true peace and joy, as she continues on her life’s journey of loving, dedicated service in St. John’s kitchen. Fr. Melroy Almeida MSFS
A religious community is a group of persons living together, knowing and
loving one another. This is the earthly version of the Kingdom of God. Jesus
said to His disciples, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest for
a while.” (Mk 6:31) In the context of the return of the seventy-two, this call
of Jesus could mean that He was calling his disciples for some rest, after the
completion of the mission entrusted to them. On the other hand we can also say
that Jesus was asking His disciples to gather at a lonely place so that they
could possibly evaluate their Mission Experience. Whether they had fulfilled
the original mandate they were sent to accomplish.
In the light of this need, the members of the Mozambique Delegation gathered at Casa Fransaliana, Matola, Mozambique, for the Colloquium-2019, from 22nd - 25th September. It was a gathering to assess, to evaluate, to straighten the curves and to re-dedicate ourselves to the ‘Mission Mozambique.’ The theme of the Colloquium was ‘MSFS ON THE THRESHOLD OF HOPE FOR A PROGRESSIVE MISSION IN MOZAMBIQUE.’ The assembly began on 22nd evening with the introductory and recollection talk given by Fr. Henry, the Delegation Superior. The key-note address was delivered by Fr. Joseph Puliyilakat, of the Southern-African Region. The total number of participants was 19. We were happy to have the guiding presence of the Provincial, Rev. Fr. J.B. Muthuswamy. A well-planned schedule was prepared for the smooth flow of the Colloquium. Each day had a theme in line with our MSFS Constitutions.
Fr. Petrus Tirkey, the outgoing Delegation Superior shared his report. This was followed by reports of the four forums - Mission, Formation, Education and Social-Innovative Ministries. Then the collated report of the questionnaire and the financial report were presented. For the first time, the election of the Councilors/Advisors and Bursar of the Delegation was held by secret ballot. A special session was held to reflect and discuss on the Call of the General Chapter-2019. On the last day of the Colloquium, Founder’s Day was celebrated. A few benefactors of the Delegation were also present for the festive meal.
Martin Luther King Jr. once said; “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” As a community of Jesus’ disciples, we the MSFS in Mozambique, have decided to carry on the vision and mission of Jesus actively in accordance with the decisions of the Colloquium-2019. To those who ask the question, “Is there any hope for progress in Mozambique Mission?” our answer is a resounding Yes. In Christ there is always hope. A hope for progress echoing in the hearts and minds of all the members of the Mozambique Delegation. Fr. Melky MSFS
“How much better it is to get wisdom than gold; to get insight rather than silver!” (Proverbs 16:16).
29th August 2019 is a day to be written in the historical annals of the Parish School of Ambapani, as it saw the new light of hope for a bright future in the form of new structure; the extended school building. It is a dream come true of so many. The occasion started with the lighting of the lamp by all the dignitaries - Fr. J.B. Muthuswamy, the Provincial of Nagpur Province, Miss Suchita Bilung, the Sarpanch of Bamdera, Fr. Lalit Tigga, Fr. Bijay Kerketa and Fr. Sandeep Tirkey the Parish Priest of Ambapani. Fr. Sandeep formally welcomed and introduced the guests and presented each of them with a shawl and a bouquet. What brought more colour to the event was the Cultural Program put up by the children of the school. It was appreciated by all. Fr. Provincial in his message encouraged the children to study hard, dream big and have clarity of vision. The program ended with a fellowship meal. The members of Ambapani mission express their sincere thanks to Nagpur Province and the Provincial Administration for the interest shown in the development of the mission; especially of the school, which would certainly benefit the children of the place. Fr. Sandeep Tirkey MSFS
We were overjoyed to reach Mozambique after our long stay in Tanzania.
On 16th August we reached Mozambique and we were warmly welcomed by Fr. Petrus
Kullu and the community members. The next day was a momentous day as the
members of the Mozambique Delegation
gathered for the installation of the new Delegation Superior. Before dinner Fr. Petrus, the outgoing Delegation Superior, officially welcomed each of us with a bouquet of flowers. We felt very much enriched by the affectionate love and care given to us by all the fathers and brothers. The next day was a great occasion; all the members of the Delegation along with the friends, well-wishers and benefactors witnessed the installation of the new Delegation Superior, Fr. Henry Clement. We too were introduced to those who were present.
The following day Fr. Henry invited us to participate in the Holy Eucharistic celebration at two sub-stations of Bela Vista parish. The parishioners gave us a cordial welcome. These people are materially poor but they are very rich as human beings. The warm welcome that we received from them was an unexpected experience for us. After the Eucharistic celebration we visited our community members at Bela Vista and Katembe. Although it was just the beginning of our life in Mozambique, we felt at home because of the love that we received from every member of the Delegation. Bros. Lona C. & Clement L.
My long-awaited Canonical Visitation to Germany and
other European countries took place in the months of June and July. I had been
reading reports of such visitations by former Provincials as it was my first
visit to our confreres in Europe. On 15th August I
touched down on German soil at Munich airport.
After immigration clearance when I reached the arrival area I was joyfully
received by Fr. Michael Raj, the Delegation Superior. We travelled for little
over an hour to reach immigration clearance when I reached the arrival area I
was joyfully received by Fr. Michael Raj, the Delegation Superior. We travelled
for little over an hour to reach Fr. Michael’s
residence. After a day of rest, I along with Frs. Michael Raj, Anish
George and Robin Xavier flew to Rome to be present for Fr. Domy’s doctoral
defence in Canon Law. He did very well in the defence of his thesis. Many confreres and some of his friends were also present. He was highly
appreciated by the three professors on the panel and they awarded him 89 out of
90. After the doctoral defence a short felicitation program was organized to
rejoice at the success of Fr. Domy. I was given the honour of felicitating the
After my trip to Rome, l returned to Germany where I met most of our fathers who are working in different parishes. I had the joy of staying with them for a day or two with the exception of Fr. Marianus Kujur. There are two local communities in Germany; one in Bamberg Diocese and the other in Regensburg Diocese. Fr. Rajesh Lugun is the Local Superior of those who are working in Bamberg diocese. The other members are Frs. Vincent Chettiar, Ashok Anthony, Pradeep Tirkey and Robin Xavier. I spent a day with each one of them, listening to them about their life and ministry. All the members then came together for a common community meeting at Fr. Ashok Anthony’s place. We had a very meaningful sharing. Their concerns were discussed and they were encouraged to grow in their lives as religious priests and fully involve themselves in their pastoral ministry. I went around the places of our fathers who are working in Regensburg Diocese. Fr. Anish George is the Local Superior of Regensburg local community. The following members work in this diocese; Frs. Michael Raj, Marianus Kerketta, Marianus Kujur and Charles Porimatathil.
Then I travelled to Switzerland and Fr. Francis V. took me to the important tourist centres in Zurich. I also had the joy of meeting some of our friends and well-wishers who live in Liechtenstein. Many of them financially contribute for our Province projects. Switzerland is certainly one of the most beautiful places in the world and so it is not surprising that this tiny country attracts innumerable tourists throughout the year. I then moved to Rome and spent two days going around the Eternal city. I visited the four Major Basilicas in Rome and also made a pilgrimage to Assisi. Then I returned to Germany and we drove to France to visit our Mother House. We spent a day going around the city of Annecy and saw the places which are connected with our Patron and our Founder. Our confrere of the Mother House then took me to Chavanod, to the Mother House of the Holy Cross sisters. On my way back to Germany I had the joy of meeting the confreres of Franco –Swiss Province who had assembled for their annual retreat. I was fortunate and very happy to meet Fr. Emile Mayoraz, our beloved former Superior General. He is in a home for senior citizens and is well looked after. We spent some time with him, received his blessings and resumed our journey back to Germany.
Here I had the honour of meeting the Vicar Generals of both Bamberg and Regensburg dioceses. They were highly appreciative of our fathers’ dedicated service and wished to continue our collaboration with them. I sincerely thanked them for their concern and constant support for all our confreres ministering in their dioceses. I also had a very enriching meeting with the Delegation members of GAH and discussed with them the Call of the General Chapter 2019. The members shared about their lives, ministry, daily challenges and the policy of the Congregation regarding the term of ministry in developed countries. The new initiative of the General Chapter about the possibility of starting local communities in developed countries was discussed and there was a meaningful exchange of views on this new proposal. Fr. Michael Raj made the necessary arrangements to have this meeting in his place. For me it was a wonderful experience to meet all our confreres working in Europe. I would like to thank all of them as they took a lot of trouble to make me to feel at home and even cooked tasty Indian dishes suitable to my taste buds. On behalf of the entire Province I sincerely thank all of them for all that they are doing for the development of the Province. I pray to God to bless them with good health. May they all enjoy true fulfilment as they whole heartedly minister and serve in the Vineyard of the Lord.
I am happy to inform you all that Fr. Henry Nedumkallel will be the New delegation Superior of Mozambique delegation. I wish him all the very best and congratulate him on behalf of Nagpur province. Let's pray for him so that the spirit of the Lord may accompany him to carry out his new responsibility.
An Update Programme for those who were ordained between 1995 & 2009 was held from 25th to 27th July 2019 at MSFS Provincialate, Nagpur. There were 24 participants and the resource person was Rev. Fr. (Dr.) Philip Thomas MSFS of North East Province. Provincial Fr. Muthuswamy and former Superior General Fr. Agnelo Fernandes were present for the inaugural session held on 25/7/19 at 9 am in the conference hall, which began with a short prayer service and lighting of the lamp, followed by introducing the speaker of the day by Fr. William Anthony, and welcoming the dignitaries with bouquet of flowers. The update programme which was well appreciated and enjoyed by the participants was concluded with a photo session followed by Lunch on the 27th July 2019 along with the confreres from all msfs communities in Nagpur Apostolic community. Fr. Shijumon proposed vote of thanks.
Fr. Wilson Abraham
SFS School at Bamra, was formally inaugurated on 22nd July 2019. Our invited guest arrived from 09.00 am. Students lined up outside the gate and welcomed the guest and parents. Inaugural Ceremony began with lighting of the lamp by his lordship Bishop Niranjan Sualsingh of Sambalpur Diocese, MSFS Provincial Fr. John Britto Muthuswamy MSFS, Fr Agnelo Fernandes MSFS and other specially invited Guest, followed by a prayer dance put up by the students of Classes 1 to 3. The School Community then welcomed officially the Chief Guest, the Guest of honour and the special guest by presentation of Bouquets. Bishop Niranjan Sualsingh conducted the prayers and blessed the school followed by the Inauguration of the School by cutting the ribbon at the main entrance of the school and unveiling of the Plaque by Rev. Fr. Provincial John Britto Muthuswamy which marked moments of History for SFS School, Bamra. Students of Classes 4 and 5 entertained the audience with their spectacular performance through a cultural dance depicting life of Rural Odisha. The entire Program was well moderated by the student leadership squad and teachers played their role at the background.
Fr. Jacob Karamakuzhyil
The Pre-SPA (Salesian Programme Annecy) was conducted in the Nagpur
Provincialate from 4th to 11th July 2019. The participants of the programme
were: Fr. Badugu Thambi Raj (Visakhapatnam), Fr. Ashihe Andrew (North-East),
Fr. I. S. Jesuraj (South-East), Fr. A. Prashant Kumar (South-West) and Fr. Jijo
Punchayil (Nagpur- Mozambique). It was animated by Fr. Agnelo Fernandes, Fr.
Melroy Almeida, Fr. Philip K and Fr. Issac John. The inaugural programme began
with a short prayer service. The hymn to the Holy Spirit put all in the mood of
seeking the Wisdom of God, launching into the deep and thirsting for the
unknown. This was followed by the lighting of the lamp by Fr. Agnelo F, Fr.
Patras Tirkey the Provincial Vicar and Fr. Melroy.
Fr. William formally welcomed all the participants to the city of Oranges and the second home of the MSFS in India by offering them a bouquet each. Fr. Patras exhorted the participants to live up to the expectations of the Congregation. “There is so much to see, so much to learn, so go with an open mind.” This was followed by an overview of the programme given by Fr. Issac. The participants were made aware of the objectives of Pre-SPA, expectations during SPA and commitments to be made after SPA to spread Salesian Spirituality. The inaugural Eucharist was celebrated by Fr. Agnelo on 5th July. He exhorted the participants to discover the treasures in Salesian Spirituality and Mermierean Heritage.
The programme was spread over eight days with four Salesian conferences each day. Various aspects related to the Congregation were touched upon during these conferences. Fr. Agnelo enlightened the participants on the Missionary Spirit of the French Missionaries; the Spirit of Evangelization, Salesian Spirituality, etc. The participants were able to journey with him through the missionary legacy of the Congregation. Fr. Melroy dealt with Fr. Mermier; his Missionary Legacy and the Virtues of Mermier. Fr. Issac highlighted various aspects related to St. Francis de Sales; a comparative study of Salesians personalities, etc. Fr. Philip enlightened the participants about Salesian literature, especially the Treatise on The Love of God. The participants were taken to many MSFS historical heritage sites in and around Nagpur. Visiting the Kamptee church evoked a nostalgic feeling in them. The concluding Eucharist was celebrated by Fr. William. The participants honoured the resource persons and others with a gift as a sign of their gratitude. The Pre-SPA program helped to create within the participants an awareness of Salesian spirituality. They were convinced that SPA will help them to rekindle their love for the Church by learning about St. Francis de Sales and Fr. Peter Mermier. Fr. Isaac John MSFS
The Pre-SPA (Salesian Programme Annecy) was conducted in Nagpur Provincialate from 4th to 11th July 2019. The Participants of the Programme were: Fr. Badugu Thambi Raj (Visakhapatnam), Fr. Ashihe Andrew (North-East), Fr. I. S. Jesuraj (South East), Fr. A. Prashant Kumar (South West) and Fr. Jijo Punchayil (Nagpur - Mozambique) and was animated by Fr. Agnelo Fernandes, Fr. Melroy Almeida, Fr. Philip K and Fr. Issac John. The inaugural programme began with a short prayer service. This was followed by lighting of the Lamp by Fr. Agnelo Fernandes, the main resource person, Fr. Patras the vicar of the Provincial and Fr. Melroy. Fr. William formally welcomed all the participants to the city of Oranges and the second home of the MSFS in India by offering them a bouquet each. The programme was spread over eight days with four Salesian conferences each day. Fr. Agnelo enlightened the participants on the Missionary spirit of the French Missionaries, the spirit of evangelization, Salesian spirituality, etc. Participants were able to journey through the missionary legacy of the congregation with him. Fr Melroy dealt with Fr Mermier and his missionary legacy, the virtues of Mermier, etc. Fr. Issac highlighted various aspects related to St. Francis de Sales, a comparative study of the Salesians personalities, etc. Fr. Philip enlightened the participants about Salesian literature, especially the Treatise on the love of God.
Fr. Issac John
Fr. Domy Thomas, after completing his Licentiate in Canon Law in St. Peter`s Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore, joined the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome on 5th September 2016 to do his doctorate in canon law. During the first academic year itself he successfully completed the prerequisites required and simultaneously also studied Italian and completed B2 Level in Italian. The title of his Research was, Juridical and Pastoral Importance of Prenuptial Investigation: A Study of CIC Canon 1067 and CCEO Canon 784 with Special Reference to India. His hard work and determination helped him to complete the research work within three years and he submitted the thesis by the end of April 2019 to the university for approval. He got his thesis approved by 20 May 2019 and his Defense was scheduled for 18 June. Just like Fr. Domy I was also excited and nervous as I was attending a doctoral defense for the first time. Around 40 people were at the venue to witness the defense. The presence of Fr. John Britto Muthuswamy, the Provincial, Fr. Thumma Mariadas, Fr. Michael Raj, Fr. Anish George and other confreres from the MSFS community in Rome was a great encouragement for him. Many of his companions, friends and relatives in Rome also attended the defense. Congratulations Rev. Dr. Fr. Domy Thomas! Wishing you all the very best in your future ministry.
Fr. Robin Xavier MSFS
It is a joyful occasion for all of us as Bro. Sanjay Lakra of Nagpur province made his final profession on 07th June 2019 and fifteen brothers from the different provinces renewed their vows for one more year. The solemn Eucharistic celebration was presided over by Rev. Fr. Jayaseelan, the Provincial of Pune Province. The concelebrants were Fr. Binu E, Fr. Johnson, the Rector, Fr. Anthony Samy, the Vice Rector, Fr. Noel Rebello, Fr. Jerson, Fr. Daniel Bara the delegate of Nagpur Province and priests from the Pune Apostolic Community. The theme for the celebration was ‘Called to Love and Serve.’ After the mass there was a short program to felicitate the perpetually professed brothers and all those who renewed their vows. The celebrations came to an end with a fellowship meal.
Bro. S. Pradeep Jerald
On 30th May 11 novices, 5 of Pune Province and 6 of Nagpur Province were initiated into the Novitiate at a simple but solemn function in Dhyanashram Chapel, in the presence of Fr. John Britto Muthuswamy, Provincial of Nagpur Province, Fr. Toni Prem, the delegate of the Pune Provincial, Fr. Benedict De Souza, the Novice Master and Fr. Barnabas Xalxo and Fr. Stephen Soares of the Novitiate Formation Team. Texts from the MSFS Constitutions were read and prayers were recited.
Bro. Sourav Topno MSFS
It is a joyful occasion for all of us as Bro. Amit Tirkey made his final profession on 28th May 2019 at the Indian Institute of Spirituality, Bengaluru. There were all together 11 brothers from the provinces of South West, South East and Nagpur. They made their final commitment in the presence of Rev. Fr. Benny Kottinal the Provincial Superior of South West India Province and the formation councilors. It was a joy to have the presence of many of our MSFS confreres, religious brothers and sisters and the family members of the perpetually professed members.
Bro. Ruben MSFS
On 18th May 2019 at the Delegation House in Matola, Brothers Linus Joseph, Moisés Goma Supaida and Poomagan Sensus Lass made their Final Commitment to the Lord, during the Holy Eucharist celebration which was presided over by Fr. Petrus Kullu, the Delegation Superior.
Bro. Vishal Barse MSFS
7th May 2019 was a day of great joy and cheer and the Ludeg Parish of Jashpur Diocese, Chattishgarh had a festive look. On this day Roshan Tigga was ordained to the priesthood by Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Kerketta D.D. Bishop of Jashpur. In his homily the Bishop preached on the three vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience. He further emphasized that these vows should form a priest in his noble selfless service to the universal Church, to God as well as to the entire society. The Provincial, Fr. John Britto Muthuswamy, many MSFS confreres, priests and religious graced the occasion. Parishioners from the different villages of Ludeg parish presented an entertaining cultural program during which Fr. Roshan was warmly and joyfully felicitated.
Fr. Lalit Tigga MSFS
It was a day of great joy for the people of Ramsama Parish, Kajrah when they witnessed the ordination of Deacon Rajendra Toppo along with other two deacons, belonging to the Jesuits [MP] and from the Diocese of Indore. They were ordained by Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Kerketta, DD, the Bishop of Jashpur. In his homily the Bishop exhorted the ordinandis to be faithful to their responsibilities as priests. There was a felicitation program after the Holy Eucharist. Around 70 priests and many sisters attended the ordination. Fr. John Britto Muthusamy, our Provincial, attended the ordination.
Fr. Bijay Kerketta MSFS
this juncture quite fittingly goes the theme “I have come to do your will” the
motto chosen by Fr. Anto Deepak for his ordination to the priesthood. The
ordination ceremony took place on 4th May in his parish. He was blessed and
ordained a priest by Rt. Rev. Dr. Antonysamy Peter Abir D.D, the Bishop of
Sultanpet Diocese, Palakkad. Present for the ceremony was Rev. Fr. John Britto
Mutuswamy the Provincial of Nagpur Province, many MSFS fathers and brothers of
different provinces, fathers and sisters working in the diocese, his parents,
relatives and villagers.
Peter Thomas MSFS
May God grant eternal rest to Fr. Armind Nazareth who died on 2nd May at the age of 91 in Belgaum, Karnataka. He was the Provincial of the erstwhile undivided province of Maharashtra Goa Province of which Nagpur Province, at that time, was a part. On behalf of all the confreres of Nagpur Province I salute with great honour and esteem Fr Armind, whose legacy in many respects, continues in our Province. We the MSFS who knew him and worked with him admire the integrity of his life marked with simplicity, joy, gentleness and excellence. With felicitous decorum and respectful dignity he worked untiringly and generously as an educator, a formator, a provincial, a general councilor and above all as a pleasant and supportive confrere in communities to which he was assigned. Outstanding are some of his precious contributions to the life of the Congregation. After the Second Vatican Council, Father Armind played a significant role in preparing then, the draft of the Revised Constitutions. He was a joint -translator with other confreres of the two Salesian classics , ‘The Treatise on the Love of God ‘ and ‘The Introduction to Devout Life’. A person of the caliber of Father Armind reveals a profound truth: vocation as MSFS, when lived to the full, is indeed a tremendous source of joy for oneself, and a transformative blessing and memory for generations to come. May Father Armind rest in peace.
Deacon Manu Joseph MSFS was ordained to the priesthood by His Grace George Njaralakattu, Archbishop of Talassery, on 27th April 2019, at Holy Cross Church, Vellariyanam, Kannur. The ordination of Deacon Manu was a milestone as it was the first ordination in the newly built church. The Archbishop in his message pointed out the status and responsibilities of a priest in the church. Rev. Fr. John Britto Muthuswamy MSFS, the Provincial, addressed the gathering and congratulated Fr. Manu on behalf of Nagpur Province.
Fr. Anson Kaliyath MSFS
23rd April 2019 is a red letter day in the annals of S.F.S. School, Neemuch. On this day at 5: 00 pm the blessing and inauguration of the newly built St. Francis de Sales Adoration Convent and the School Building Extension took place at the hands of Rt. Rev. Dev Prasad Ganawa SVD, Bishop of Udaipur, in the presence of Fr. Muthuswamy, Provincial of Nagpur Province, and Sr. Agnet SABS, Provincial of Jyotiremei Province. This was followed by the Holy Eucharist. The parishioners together with the dignitaries, invitees and well-wishers gave thanks to God for the endeavours of our missionaries.
Mission Forum Seminar at MSFS Provincialate, Nagpur.
Social and Innovative Ministry Forum Seminar at MSFS Provincialate, Nagpur.
On 18th of February, bro. Santhosh Kumar is Ordained as Deacon. Lets wish him all the best in his ministry.
Education Forum Seminar at MSFS Provincialate, Nagpur.
Superior General: Very Rev. Fr. Abraham Vetuvellil MSFS
Asst. General: Rev. Fr. Yves Carron MSFS
Fr. Johnson Kallidukkil MSFS,
Fr. Suresh Babu MSFS,
Fr. J. Stephen MSFS,
Fr. Jacob Karamakuzhiyl MSFS.
Formation Forum Seminar at MSFS Provincialate, Nagpur.
Bangalore 3 December, 2018 (CCBI): His Holiness, Pope Francis has appointed His Excellency Most. Rev. Elias Gonsalves (57), until now Bishop of Amravati, Maharashtra as the new Archbishop of Nagpur. This ecclesiastical provision was made public in Rome on Monday, 3rd December, 2018, at noon local time, corresponding to 16:30 hours, Indian Standard Time.
Most Rev. Elias Gonsalves, was born on 4 July, 1961, in Chulna Village, Vasai Road, Thane, Maharashtra. He studied at St. Pius X Seminary, Mumbai and was ordained priest on 1 April, 1990 in Vasai, for the Archdiocese of Bombay. He has a B. A. in History and Economics, from Bombay University (1982), he did his studies in Community Based Development and Leadership, from St. Francis Xavier University, Coady Institute, Canada, and studies in Counselling.
He was Assistant Parish Priest at Nandakhal, Vasai (1990-1991) and Sandor, Vasai (1991-1997); Youth Coordinator for South Vasai Deanery (1993-1996); Priest in-charge at Roha (1997-2004); Priest in-charge at Panvel (2005-2008); Assistant Director and then Director, Centre for Social Action, Mumbai (2008-2012); Director, Sarvodaya Centre for Capacity Building, Mumbai (2009-2012). He was elected Bishop of Amravati on 11 July, 2012 and ordained on 29 September, 2012.
Wish you a very happy feast of our Heavenly Patron St. Francis de Sales. May he intercede for all of us.
May this festive season sparkle and shine, may all of your wishes and dreams come true, and may you feel this happiness all year round. Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
Deacon Vinayanand Katru is ordained as Priest. May God bless his Family and his Priestly Ministry.
On 10th of November Bro. Rajendra Toppo was ordained as Deacon.
Congregational Retreat for the first group concluded today. Let's thank God for all his Blessings.
Theme: "Walk the Way; Live the Grace"
Fr Superior General Inaugurates St. John's Public School, Nagpur and Fr. Jerome Pinto, Administrator of Nagpur Archdiocese joins as Chief Guest
Fr. Superior General Kick Starts Mermier Football Tournament of St. John's high School.
Fr. Superior General meets Provincial Curia of Nagpur Province.
1. Fr. Manoj Tirkey
2. Fr. Jacob Karamakuzhyil
3. Fr. George Kurickal
1. Fr. Benedict De Souza
2. Fr. Issac Mankulathil
3. Fr. Anthony Amalados
Miss. Maria,the cousin of Fr. Rajesh Jayaseelan who passed away on 15th August 2018.
Mr. Patras Minj, the father of Fr. Vincent Minj who passed away on 24th August 2018.
Mr. Anthony, the uncle of Fr. John Peter who passed away on 02nd September 2018.
Mrs. Chandrakala Torne, the aunty of Fr. Vishwas Torne who passed away on 08th September 2018.
Mr. Dasaiah, Aged 62 the father of Fr. Amal Raju Bandanadam who passed away 06th February 2019.
Mr. Samikannu, Aged 70 the Uncle of Fr. John Peter who passed away on 3rd February 2019.
Mrs. Lilly Pushpam, the aunt of Fr. Gijo Francis, who passed away on 21st December 2018.
Mrs. Anna Joseph, the mother of Fr. George Kurickal, who passed away on 22nd December 2018.
Mr. Joseph Pandit, the uncle of Fr. Anil Pandit, who passed away on 31st December 2018.
Fr. Paul Pallikunneth MSFS, passed away on 21st February 2019.
Mr. Cyril Fernandes, the husband of Lavina, who passed away on 20th January 2019.
Mr. M J Simon, the father of Fr. Philip Mallaparambil, who passed away on 30th January 2019.
Mrs. Rebeka kullu, the aunt of Dn. Deepak baa, who passed away on 17th February 2019.
Mr. Abraham Kindo, the uncle of Fr. Deepak Kindo, who passed away on 14th February 2019.
Mrs. Pitchaimuthaiammal, the aunt of Fr. Peter Paul, who passed away on 20th February 2019.