"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.
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 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.