On June 01, 2018 the Province level celebration of the Silver Jubilee of Priesthood & First Profession was held at Claretian Provincial House Malleswaram. Fathers James Kunnampadavil and James Mundackal celebrated the Silver Jubilee of their Priestly Ordination. Fathers George Madapally and Xavier Pereira celebrated the silver Jubilee of their First profession.
FIRST, RENEWAL, AND PERPETUAL PROFESSIONS
The Province of Bangalore rejoices once again on the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 31 May 2018. Yet again, in the Province, this day marked the celebration of Professions and Renewal of the Professions, held at Claretian Seminary, Bengaluru.
Priestly Ordination of John Bosco Johnson CMF
On 04 April 2018 Deacon John Bosco Johnson CMF was ordained Priest by Most Rev. M. SOOSA PAKIAM, the Archbishop of Trivandrum. The ordination took place at St. Joseph’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Trivandrum, Kerala. Three deacons were conferred the Sacrament of Presbyterate, two for the archdiocese of Trivandrum and one Claretian.
Rev. Fr. Vineeth George CMF received the Rashtriya Gaurav Puraskar 2018 from Lt Gen K.M. Seth PVSM, the former Governor of Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Tripura, at the India International Centre, New Delhi on 26.03.2018. The award consisted of a citation and a certificate of excellence for outstanding leadership in the field of higher education, exceptional performance of high order and service to the society. The award jury consisted of experts in diverse fields, such as economists, journalists, social activists, Industrialists, educationists, engineers, politicians and retired defence officials.Fr Vineeth is one of the youngest recipients of this prestigious award. The past recipients of this award include Mother Teresa, Gen K.V. Krishna Rao, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, G.V.G. Krishnamuthy, Justice P.N. Bhagwati, Dr Naresh Trehan, and Air Chief Marshal N.C. Suri et al.
Earlier too, Fr Vineeth has bagged such laurels both as a student and as a professional. During his post graduation, Fr Vineeth was conferred with the coveted Dr Subbirami Reddi Gold Medal by virtue of being the university topper. Later, during his career as a Public Relations professional, he was inducted as a Graduate Member of the Indian Management Association, as a testimony of his managerial excellence. Fr Vineeth had worked with reputed MNCs such as Dell and GE, before joining Power Grid Corporation of India Limited, a Navratna category Public Sector Undertaking under the Union Ministry of Power. At the prime of his career, Fr Vineeth responded to the call to priesthood and joined the Claretian Congregation in 2006. He currently serves as the Vice Principal of St Claret College, Bengaluru, where he also lectures in diverse management topics ranging from Business Ethics to Strategic Management. He is renowned for his expertise and experience in the areas of Public Relations and Human Resources Management. Several of his articles on varied topics have appeared with his byline in newspapers and magazines – national and international. His writings have won him accolades from the International Public Relations Association, London. Recently, he completed his M.Phil in Management with distinction from Jain University, Bengaluru.
Free Medical Camp at Chodavaram
The Chodavaram town of Vishakhapatnam District is a multi-ethnic community of different religions, faiths, castes and backgrounds. It’s a eveloping township surrounded by many villages. Christ the King parish in the town is taken care by the Claretians, with its many substations.
On 16 March 2018 the parish organized a free medical camp for all the needy people of the locality. At the request of the parish the doctors and staff of Anil NeerukondaHospital, Tagarapuvalasa, Vishakhapatnam generously responded to help the parish in this social cause. Throughout the day the parish campus witness lively atmosphere. The people were provided facilities for various medical care like, General medical tests and diagnosis,Orthopaedic, Gynaecology, ENT, Paediatric,Skincare etc. Approximately 600 people had consultations, free medicine and 40 of them were further referred and sent for free operations in the same hospital. Indian Red Cross society of Vishakhapatnam also had organized a free blood donation camp on the day, for which many of the prisoners and others from the locality volunteered. The personnel of Anil Neerukonda Hospital were happy and expressed their willingness to helpthe community in future too. It was a great day of generosity, service and care for one another.
On 18 February 2018, His Lordship DD. Chinnabathini Bhagyaiah, bishop of Guntur, opened and blessed St. Claret Dhyanashram, a residential Retreat Centre, at our Bhattiprolu mission in Andhra Pradesh. On the same day, during the solemn Eucharist, 46 faithful were conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation.
The Claretian Missionaries are inspired by the Charism of being “Servants of the WORD” and are committed to the ‘Service of the WORD’ using all possible means. “St. Claret Dhyanashram” is a fresh initiative in our province of Bangalore in response to this call following the style of St. Anthony Mary Claret, the apostolic missionary. Our constitution reminds us that “In the various areas of ministry such as governing, sanctifying and evangelizing, our chief duty as missionaries is to collaborate in the evangelization of the people” (CC 50). For this we have initiated two new ministries called St. Claret Dhyana Brundham (St. Claret Preaching Team), a preaching team going to different parishes and evangelizing through preaching ministry, and St. Claret Dhyanashram, a residential Retreat Centre. Evangelization by “St. Claret Dhyana Brundham” and evangelization at St. Claret Dhyanashram are a very creative and innovative ventures as far as its newness in our ministries is concerned. Since many years the province was looking for a new way of reaching out to the poor. This team has really opened a new door in the province efforts. Our main motto is “To preach the Word of God as the Apostles did, in the style of our founder St. Antony Mary Claret forming and strengthening the Christian Communities aiming the salvation of all”. At present three priests are actively rendering their service in this ministry: Frs. Santhosh Kariammakil, Martin Tappeta and Mamudhu Chinnanna.
Two Important Areas of Ministries focused
The two important areas of ministries focused by St. Claret Dhyana Brundham and at St. Claret Dhyanashram are Evangelization and Social Awareness. Evangelization includes faith formation and revitalization of faith; and social awareness of the social issues and concerns that are existing in many places. Due to lack of education among the poor, there exists a lack of social awareness on many issues like Child Marriage, Child abuse, Abortion, Dowry, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse, Corruption, Prostitution, Poor Hygiene, Negligence of girl child, Poverty, Unemployment, lack of knowledge on Rights, Value education, etc. Therefore inorder to do Evangelization through preaching ministry and to give Social Awareness to the people, St. Claret Dhyana Brundham (St. Claret Preaching Team) officially started functioning from 8 June 2014, on the feast of Pentecost. And recently on 18 February 2018 at Bhattiprolu, Andhra Pradesh, we have started St. Claret Dhyanashram opened and blessed by His Lordship DD. Chinnabathini Bhagyaiah, bishop of Guntur.
By following its motto to preach the Word of God as the Apostles did, in the style of our Founder, St. Anthony Mary Claret, forming and strengthening the Christian Communities aiming at the salvation of all, St. Claret Dhyana Brundham is trying its best to reach out to people by organizing Charismatic Retreats in different Parishes of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and aims to do the same at St. Claret Dhyanashram at Bhattiprolu.
Claretian Publishers’ Triennial Meeting 2018
The Members of the Claret Publishing Group (CPG) met together in the Claretian Provincial House Bangalore from 10-17 February 2018 for their triennial meeting. The group was accompanied by Rev Fr Henry Omonisaye,cmf Consultor General in Charge of the Publications in the Congregation with Fr Alberto Rossa,CMF as the coordinator. Responding to the invitation of XXV General Chapter, we wish to be Claret Publishing Group going-forth. Fifteen participants from thirteen publishing houses of the Congregation were gathered in a very fraternal atmosphere, inspiring and encouraging one another.
YSM DAY at Claretian Seminary
YSM (Young Student Movements) DAY was held at Claretian Seminary on 8th February 2018. About 240 students from six schools participated in the programme based on the theme 'Be The Change of Tomorrow.' Fr. Xavier E. Manavath inagurated the programme and Fr. George Kannanthanam was the resource person of the day.
Sanyasa, the only Institute of Consecrated Life in India, organized a three day seminar on a relevant theme addressing the present scenario of India “Politics of Exclusivity, Division and Intimidation: A Critical Response from the Consecrated Persons” from 1st to 3rd February 2018. The seminar began on 1st February at 9:00 a.m. with an enthronement of the Word of God followed by prayer and lighting of the lamp. Then, Fr. Arul Jesu Robin cmf, the director of Sanyasa gave an overview of the seminar and welcomed each one warmly. Rev. Fr. Jacob Arakkal, cmf, the president of Sanyasa and the Provincial of the Bangalore Province gave an inaugural address in which he emphasized the prophetic role of the consecrated persons in the present scenario of India. About 125 men and women religious participated actively and benefitted hugely from the seminar.
Rev. Dr. Sabu George Koottarappallil, principal of St. Claret College, Bangalore, received the Best Principal Award during the Republic Day Achievers Award, 2018 from Integrated Intelligent Research (IIR) on January 18, 2018 at Loyola-ICAM College of Engineering and Technology, Chennai. St. Claret College also bagged the prestigious Best Upcoming Private College Award. Two of our faculty members, Asst. Prof. Prakash Chandra Behera and Asst. Prof. Chinmaya Dash received the Best Faculty Award and the Best Exam Cell Coordinator Awards respectively. There were above 750 nominations from 8 countries. They did a 360-degree appraisal in finalizing the Award winners. Rev. Dr. Sabu George also received Shikshana Ratna (Best Teacher) award from Janmabhoomi Samskrutika Samsta on January 4, 2018.
On 15 January 2018 Deacon Martin Joseph Ulloppillil
CMF was ordained priest by Most. Rev. George Valiamattam, Archbishop
Emeritus of Tellicherry. The ceremony took place at St. Mary’s Church,
Manippara in Kerala, the home parish of Martin Joseph.
Ministries of Lector and Acolyte
On 18 November 2017, 7 of our 2nd year theology students (2 from the Society of the Holy Spirit) made their first step in participating in the ministerial priesthood in the Catholic Church. During the Holy Eucharistic celebration Rev. Fr. Jacob Arakkal John, the Provincial Superior, conferred the orders of Lector and Acolyte. Father Provincial expressed his sentiments of joy and hope, seeing seven young missionaries readying themselves for God’s work, and thanked them for the gift of their commitment in the Claretian Congregation. He urged them to strive to live more fully their missionary vocation and to be moulded more perfectly in the likeness of Jesus the Master and our founder, Father Claret.
On 02 July 2017 St. Peter’s Church, Doddaballapur, celebrated the Annual Parish Feast. As a preparation, Triduum with special prayers and preaching was celebrated. Vicar General of the archdiocese,Msgr. S. Jayanathan presided at the solemn Festive Mass; many priests and religious also joined the celebration along with the parishioners.
After the Mass, the image of St. Peter, the Patron, was taken in procession along the town with much devotion and piety, in spite of the rain. Indeed, it was an expression of Faith and witness by the parish community. The unity, sacrifice and hard work of the parishioners was appreciated by all.
Earlier, on the Easter Sunday, the parish community was overjoyed with 17 adults receiving Baptism. The community is preparing 30 more adults who are waiting to be baptised. The parish continues to grow steadily with active spiritual and social activities. Special attention is given to Faith building, by intensive Catechism classes and regular spiritual activities. Social concerns like helping the poor children are also given priority.
The activities of the Claretian Seminary Literary Association for the year 2017-18 were inaugurated on 22 June 2017 by the Chief Guest of the day, Dr Sheinty Jacob, Principal, M S Ramaiah College of Education, in the presence of Rector, Rev. Fr. Xavier E. Manavath.
Today, we are moving into a world where communication is of great importance. So, to be an effective missionary today means to be an effective communicator. We aim not merely at the completion of an academic programme but at the integral and holistic growth of the individuals who would be equipped to carry out the mission of Christ efficiently. Claretian Seminary Literary Association is one of such platforms, wherein the students are given varied and creative ways to excel in their talents and skills.
The inauguration was made more eventful by the students through their spirited performance of Speech, Creative Art, Dance, Comic etc. The Chief Guest in her inaugural address congratulated the participants and urged the young missionary students to inculcate the art of communication so as to be effective Servants of the Word.
Valedictory Function, Bhusar
St. Joseph’s Community College, Busar, Jharkhand, which offers skill training mainly for the school-dropout youth who are unable to pursue their studies due to various social, economic and political reasons, had its seventh valedictory function on 20 June 2017.
The batch of thirty-two students completed their training at the community college; twenty students of Nursing Assistant Course and twelve students of Motor Driving and Mechanism received their certificates during the valedictory function. Fr. Joseph Panthalady, the senior most priest of the Diocese of Daltonganj was the chief guest and Fr. Sanjay Gidh, the Diocesan Youth Director was the guest of honour on the occasion. The cultural programme organized by the students added more colour to the event.
During the valedictory function, the nursing students took the oath of commitment and whole-hearted service. All the students received their certificates from the chief guest; while the driving students received their driving licence on the same day. The chief guest requested the management of the Community College to organize wide range of agricultural training as well. The parents and guardians of the students, and the people from the neighbouring village also were present during the function. The event was covered by the local newspapers as well. All the students who passed out have also received job placements.
The next batch of nursing students has already been selected. For this purpose there was an interview and screening camp conducted on 28-29 June 2017. Nineteen students have already been selected, who are to take admission on the 16July 2017.
Common Novitiate Programme
Together Towards Growth - with this theme in mind, the Common Novitiate Programme (CNP) was inaugurated on 17 June 2017 at Claret Bhavan Novitiate House. The Claretian Novices put up a very meaningful skit based on the theme. Rev. Bro. Jerome (Patrician) gave presidential address and officially declared opened the CNP for this year.
Common Novitiate Programme is an initiative taken up by the Claret Bhavan community. There are 15 other congregations who join this common programme. The aims and objectives of this venture is to bring together the neighbouring novices for holistic experience and growth. During the academic year many input sessions are conducted by experienced formators. The important topics such as Aims and Objectives of Novitiate, Daily Journal Writings, Liturgy and Music, Psycho-Spiritual and Psycho-Sexual Integration, Community Life, Prophets, Vocation Discernment and Charism, etc. The forum also conducts common Recollections and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, besides common celebrations of Christmas, New Year and Easter.
The spring time in Sanyasa dawned with the coming of the new batch of students for the academic year 2017-18. This inter-congregational family is blessed with 49 religious men and women from various congregations for the current academic year.
Out of 49 students that we have this academic year, five are for first year PG course, four for second year PG, and the rest for either diploma or certificate courses. The inaugural Mass of the academic year was held on the 16 June. Rev. Fr. Jacob Arakkal John, the President of the Institute and Provincial of Bangalore Province, was the main celebrant. Rev. Fr. Arul Jesu Robin, the Director of the institute introduced the main celebrant to the gathering and expressed his gratitude for his availability and guidance.
Inauguration of the Academic Year, Athani
“The differently abled do not need our Sympathy but they need an opportunity”
The new academic year 2017-18 at SanehaJyothi Centre was inaugurated on 10June 2017. Mr. Kumar Hitalmani PSI, Athani and Dr. Sachin Mirajkar (Child Specialist) were the chair person and guest of the day respectively during the function. In his inaugural address, the PSI of Athanitaluk, Mr. Kumar Hitalmani, appreciated the ministry and selfless service that the Centre does towards the upliftment of the visually impaired and encouraged the students to make the best use of the opportunities given to them. Dr. Sachin Mirajkar inspired the Students with his motivational orientation and promised to do whatever support he could for the students. On the occasion, the inmates of SnehaJyothi Centre performed various cultural programmes which kept the guests spellbound. This year there are 27 Boys and 15 Girls who are visually challenged and 6 semi-orphan boys in the Centre.
During the last academic year three students completed SSLC; six students completed PUC; one student completed graduation and ten students appeared for the first year of graduation. Among the inmates, three girls and two boys were selected for job placements by various agencies during the last academic year.
Environment Day Celebration,AC School, Jalahalli
Keeping up with global concerns and to teach the same to the students, AC School observed World Environment day on 05 June 2017.
The teachers and students of were all dressed up in green, the day began with a prayer for our Mother Earth and students presented thoughts and facts about the environment. A row of events were arranged for the day, which included cycle rally to the neighbourhood, planting of saplings, vertical gardening and poster making. The highlight of the event was a concept known as ‘Seed Ball’;also known as Earth Balls, consists of a variety of different seeds rolled within a ball of clay. Seed bombing is a technique of introducing vegetation to land by throwing or dropping seed balls during rainy season. It was an added advantage as all the activities held in the school campus was covered by ETV Kannada news channel and telecasted. Children were educated about the importance of seed ball,who made around 4000 seed balls with utmost interest.
Bengaluru: On 03 June 2017 Deacon Anthony Raj CMF was ordained Priest by Most Rev. T. Anthony Swamy, Bishop of Chikmagalur. The ordination ceremony took place at the native parish of Anthony Raj, Sacred Heart Church, Siluvepura, in the archdiocese of Bangalore.
On 05 June 2017 Deacon Bijji Prasanna Kumar CMF was ordained Priest, at his native parish, Paidikaluva, by Most Rev. Moses Doraboina Prakasham, Bishop of Nellore.
Province Level Jubilee Celebrations 2017
Province level celebration of the 25 years of the Priestly Ordination of Frs. George Kannanthanam, George Panthalanickal and William Pudota was celebrated at our Provincial House, Malleswaram on Thursday, June 01, 2017 at 6.30 pm with concelebrated Jubilee Eucharist. A good number of members of the Province joined for the Jubilee celebration.
Once again the Feast of the Visitation of the B. V. M, 31 May, marked the day of Professions and Renewal of Profession in the Province of Bangalore. In the morning, at Claret Bhavan, Carmelaram, nine (eight for Bangalore province and one for Northeast Delegation) of our novices made their First Profession during the Solemn Eucharist presided at by Rev. Fr. Jacob Arakkal John, Provincial Superior of Bangalore.
In the evening, at Claretian Seminary, Malleswaram, 15 of our students renewed their temporary profession; and two of our students, John Bosco and Martin Joseph, made their Perpetual Profession.
For Both these celebrations, the family members of those professing, a good number of Claretian conferrers, neighbours and well-wishers were present. Indeed, in today’s rapidly secularizing world, these celebrations bore witness to the Call to Consecrated Life in the Church.
Summer Camp for Training in Dance, Barwadih
In order to provide opportunities to the poor and aspiring students, a three-week intensive summer dance camp was organised in St. Claret School, Barwadih, from 18 May-09 June 2017. There were 38 participants from different neighbouring schools and parishes. The tutors from NavSadhana, Varanasi, Miss NeelamRawat and Sabina, efficiently conducted the camp, which all the participants benefited immensely. The students were taught the basis in different forms of dance, with the intention of helping them to pursue further study in the same. To conclude the camp, the children put up performance of different forms of dance and all were taken up by their talent.
Claret DhyanaBrundham Retreats, Bhattiprolu
St. Claret DhyanaBrundham had its privilege to conduct retreats at various parishes and institutes for the spiritual renewal of the faithful. During the last three months the team could venture in to different dioceses such as Vishakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Guntur, Kurnool, Eluru, Hyderabad and Adilabad. The team also conducted retreat in English for the sisters of St. Aloysius and St. Ann’s at Vijayawada. As people benefited spiritually, they expressed their gratitude towards this Claretian initiative and availability.
Christ the Redeemer Church Annual Feast
The annual feast of Christ the Redeemer was celebrated with traditional devotion and piety with various programmes on 23 April 2017 at Bhattiprolu Parish. Rt. Rev. Dr.ChinnabathiniBhagyaiah, Bishop of Guntur, presided at the solemn celebration of the Eucharist. In his homily, bishop exhorted the people to spread the joy and peace of the Risen Lord through their life witness. It was such a graceful moment as many priests, religious and faithful witnessed and participated in the festal celebration. The celebration of the Eucharist was followed by the felicitations to the Bishop; colorful cultural programme by the St. Claret Youth and Children further enhanced the beauty of the celebration and strengthened the spirit of unity among the faithful.
Children’s Camp and Youth Meet
On 7-8 June 2017 a two-days Children’s Camp was at Christ the Redeemer Church, Bhattiprolu. Around 100 Children from the Parish and Sub-Stations made use of the opportunity. Frs. Santhosh, Chinnanna, Bro. Vinay and Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny guided the sessions and Fr. Chinnanna through his action songs kept the days alive and active. Second day, presiding at the Holy Eucharist, during the homily Fr. SavyPuthuserry highlighted important spiritual elements that every child should practice. The students were divided into different age groups and various competitions were conducted and the winners were awarded.
This was followed by the Youth Meet on 11 June 2017. The day began with celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Fr. SanthoshKariammakil, the Parish Priest, wholeheartedly welcomed everyone for the celebrations dedicated to the Youth of the Parish. He gave an inspiring message for the youth and the parents in his homily. Sr. Sudha Rani animated a session on qualities of Leadership; Fr. MamudhuChinnanna spoke about the role and challenges of Youth in the Church and Society. Concluding programmes included games and competitions conducted by Sr. Sudha Rani, Fr. Chinnanna and Bro. Vinay. The response and participation of the youth in the Seminar and other activities were really encouraging.
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