Bangalore, India: 31st May, the Feast of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was a day of great festivity for the Claretians of Bangalore Province; as Three of our Novices made their First Profession, Nine of our Students Renewed their Vows, and Three of our Students made their Perpetual Commitment in the Congregation. The first profession was held in the morning at Novitiate House, while the renewal and the perpetual profession was held in the evening at Claretian Seminiary Malleswaram. Rev. Fr. Jacob Arakkal John, the Provincial Superior of Bangalore presided at the Solemn Eucharistic celebrations and received the vows. The celebrations were attended by a good number of Claretian confreres, the relatives of the students and neighbouring priests, religious and well-wishers. The previous day, on 30th May, 23 Novices from different major organisms of India began their Novitiate at Claret Bhavan Carmelaram.
On 1st June three of our Students were conferred the Order of Diaconate by Most Rev. Peter Machado, the Archbishop of Bangalore at Claretian Seminary Malleswaram.
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