02 May 2019

Nagpur Province Remembers Fr. Armind Nazareth

May God grant eternal rest to Fr. Armind Nazareth who died on 2nd May at the age of 91 in Belgaum, Karnataka. His mortal remains are interred in the Uchgaon Catholic Cemetery, Belgaum. While missing his physical presence, we raise our grateful hearts to God for giving us a precious human gift in Father Armind. 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’. His faithful presence for several years at the Salesian Seminar organized by the IIS, Bangalore and his contribution, added precious gems of Salesian reflections to the ongoing study and update by the MSFS and members of other Salesian families. The presence of the MSFS in the capital of our country, Delhi was a bold decision that he jointly took along with the Province to move to North India, in the service of the people.


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.

23 Apr 2019

Inauguration of New Wing in SFS School, Nimuch.

23rd April 2019 is a red letter day in the annals of SFS 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. During the homily, the Bishop lauded the missionaries for their yeomen service for the upliftment of the people. The melodious choir was led by Sr. Divya SABS. As the Bishop of Jhabua, he had earlier blessed the school building and today he was once again present to bless the convent and the school building extension. He wished the very best to the members of both the Congregations for the good work they were rendering in this place.


Soon after the mass all the dignitaries, that is, the Bishop, Provincials, Architect, Engineer and Contractor were felicitated with a shawl and a coconut. Sr. Amla SABS was the MC of the program and the vote of thanks was given by Sr. Arpita SABS. She spoke of the dream come true and how the Lord sent various people to labour and make this dream a reality. After the program all present joined for dinner. May God bless the efforts and hard work of the MSFS and SABS as they continue to serve God and His people.  Fr. Peter Dominic MSFS

27 Jan 2019

Rev. Elias Gonsalves installed as Archbishop of Nagpur Archdiocese.

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.

28 Dec 2018

God’s Chosen One from A.P.

28th November2018 was a historically unforgettable day in Sundaraopeta village, Dharmajigudem parish, Diocese of Eluru. Fr. Katru Vinayanand was the first one to be ordained for the MSFS Congregation from this area of Andhra Pradesh. Rt. Rev. JayaRao Polimera D.D. Bishop of Eluru ordained Vinayanand a priest in the presence of Fr. John Britto Muthuswamy MSFS, Provincial of Nagpur Province, Fr. Johnson Gonsalves MSFS, Provincial Admonitor of Pune Province and Rector of Fransalian Seminary, Pune; many MSFS confreres, priests of Eluru diocese, religious nuns and lay people.

The Bishop preached about the identity, value and character of a priest and priesthood. He also shared about the present scenario of priests and religious living in society and the problems they have to face. He thanked the parents of Vinayanand and Sundarao peta village for offering a son of the soil to the church. During the felicitation program, Fr. Muthuswamy thanked the Bishop for ordaining Vinayanand for God’s service and for his inspiring homily on the priesthood, missionary vocation and challenges to the priesthood. A cultural program was staged on the occasion which was followed by a sumptuous meal for all. In the evening together with the family members and dear ones of Vinayanand, MSFS fathers of Orissa Apostolic Community, a few local priests, nuns and laity attended the thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration of the newly ordained priest. Nagpur Province is extremely happy to have one more priest for the service of the Lord and his people.                                                                        Fr Arun Ekka MSFS

11 Sep 2018

Seminar for Local Bursars

“Finance is not merely about making money. It's about achieving our deep goals and protecting the fruits of our labor. It's about stewardship and therefore about achieving the good society.” Robert J. Shiller

Financial management skill is an integral part of any organization which wants to grow and evolve into a better and efficient entity despite the fact that religious organizations are not-for-profit groups. The application of such skills makes sustainability of an organization better and longer. And when such skills are not applied the organization starts abusing public funds and in turn the wealth of such an organization becomes weaker which might lead to the ultimate shut down of the organization. Hence finance and its management matters. In the light of taking organizations forward one needs the services of good quality financial administrators who can manage finances carefully, artfully and lawfully. Therefore, we need more trained personnel who can increase the value of money by respecting the laws that govern them.

In view of harnessing the goodness of financial administrators the Province organized a three-day seminar on the 11th, 12th and 13th September 2018 for Stewardship forum members. This seminar covered a gamut of topics like: Trusts, Societies, Companies Act under Section 26 and 8, GST, TDS, TCS, Employee Pay-scale, Mutual Funds, RCM (Reverse Charge Mechanism), ITC (Input Tax Credit), Income-Tax and the impact of Union Budget 2018. Fr. Alex Gyanprakash SJ was the resource person for the first two days. He took off from definition of the terms and covered up to the principles of finances and the laws that govern them. He also shared how charitable societies can tread paths to invest into mutual fund market and multiply funds.

On the third day we had two auditors from K.K. Mankeshwar & Co. (Mr. Abhay and Mr. Ajay Singh) who dealt extensively only on TDS and Income Tax and the impact of frequent donations from one Society to another. Fr. Wilson Abraham taught the forum members the use of the software Tally for accounting and preparing a budget. Mr. Parag Date a professional architect shared information on different documents that one needs to carefully verify before purchase of land and before starting the construction of a building. The forum meeting brought in some new sights and insights and updated the knowledge on budget preparation, the flow of finance and taxation. The seminar was an eye-opener to many simple mistakes we make while handling finances. It is always advisable to take the help of the local auditor and ask him to walk along with us throughout the financial year.   Fr. William MSFS