May 03, 2008
NL 04 / 2008
In a few days time we will be celebrating the feast of Pentecost. This feast reminds me of two things: Cenacle and Holy Spirit. It is the feast of the Cenacle, for we meet the apostles together with Mary in the upper room awaiting the promise of Christ; and it calls to mind the need for collaboration and praying together in our communities. It is the feast of the arrival of the Holy Spirit on the apostles which effects a great change in them. It also reminds us that though the Spirit is given to each one individually, it is given for the sake of the Body, for a great change in our communities. The feast of Pentecost, therefore, demands that we live in collaboration and fraternal love and that we share the gifts we receive for the good of the community. It is then we can consider ourselves permanently at the service of the community.
In a month’s time many confreres will be assuming the new assignments. And a question to be answered is that, how we are to become members who are permanently at the service of the community. I would like to answer this query with two references from the Law of our Society. The Law of our Society no. 31 reads, “Together, superiors and members must strive to discover God’s will in the concrete conditions of life… they work together to fulfill its apostolic aims and to promote its common good.” Further no. 52 states, “Our community achieves its goal if all the members assume responsibility for one another and for the Society.” These two quotes enlighten us on the aspects of cooperation and fraternal living in the communities. Do we feel that these (cooperation and fraternal living) seem to be at stake in our communities?
The chief obstacle to cooperation and fraternal living is the clash of personal priorities and goals as against the priorities and goals of the community/Province/Society. It is well known fact that religious are highly motivated and adjustable persons and such a clash could be very detrimental, to say the least. As the Law of our Society visualizes our communities are to foster genuine fellowship and the dignity of each member, his vocation and his efforts. Each member, in turn, must take his part in the life of the community and fulfill its tasks. Like the disciples whose hearts were filled with ardent yearning in the upper room let our hearts too fill with ardent yearning in our communities, the upper room of our lives.
Fr. Augustine Varickakal
Fr. Ferdinand Franco – Asst. Parish Priest, Mariapuram
This appointment takes effect from June 1, 2008.
Fr. Mathew Panakal – Director, MRC, Trivandrum
Fr. Thomas Thennattu – Parish Priest, Ishgarh
Fr. Mathew Mangalasseril – Asst. Parish Priest, Ishgarh
Fr. Joy Palachuvattil – Rector, Pallotti Bhawan, Nagpur
Fr. Thomas Manjaly – Director, Pallotti Vidya Sadan, Indore
Fr. Thomas Tharakunnel – Manager, Pallotti School, Indore
Fr. Tomy Thomas Parappallil – Prefect, Pallotti Vidya Sadan, Indore
Fr. George Kavukatt – Asst. Parish Priest, Jambudi
Fr. Benedict Kannadan – Parish Priest, Mariapuram
Fr. Emmanuel Joshi Elayachanickal – Spiritual Director, Pallottigiri, Trivandrum
Counsellor, Engineering College, Nagpur
Bro. George Chemplamparambil – Bursar, Pallottigiri, Trivandrum
Fr. Mathew Thonickal – Director, Pallotti Nivas, Anant Nagar
Coordinator, Pallottine Social
Apostolate Cell (PSAC), Anant Nagar
Manager, Pallotti School, Anant Nagar
Fr. Siju Kuliraniyil – In Charge, Nasik
Fr. Anto Thomas Mullanal – Arunachal Mission
Fr. Sebastian Thekkel – Bursar, PAC, Nagpur
Fr. Davis Edakalathur – Parish Priest, Thundathil
Fr. Chandy Chettukulam – Director, Pallotti Villa, Mukkom
Manager, Pallotti Hill School, Mukkom
Fr. Chackochen Mundathanath – Parish Priest, Neykuppa
Fr. Thomas Pulikeel – Asst. Parish Priest, Puthenkada
Fr. Shibu Melappilly – Australia
Fr. Saji Punchal – Pradeepa, Goa
Fr. Siby Vazhayil – Assigned to Pallotti Bhawan, Nagpur
Fr. Sakhayidas Thazhathoppil – Assigned to Pallotti Bhawan, Nagpur
These transfers will take effect from June 15, 2008.
Fr. Leenus Neetany – Pastoral Update, Rome
Fr. Thomas Kureekattil – Liturgy -Licentiate, Rome
Fr. Davis Kodiyan – Spirituality and Pastoral Counseling
Fr. Roychan Pindamangalath – Fine Arts, Bombay/Hyderabad
Fr. Alexander Athnas – Pastoral Counseling, Changanassery
Fr. Simon Kunnath – Spirituality and Counseling, Bangalore
Fr. Jose Mathew Pannianickal – Spiritual and Pastoral Update
Assigned to Pallotti Niketan, Nariyampara
52. The Pallottine Social Apostolate Cell (PSAC)
The Provincial Council has constituted the Pallottine Social Apostolate Cell (PSAC). This Cell, in the place of the Mission Secretariate, will coordinate and carry out the social and missionary objectives of the Province. The members are:
Fr. Mathew Thonickal – Coordinator
Fr. Raju Chemparathy – member
Fr. Thomas Tharakunnel – member
Fr. Johnson Puthur – member
53. Replacement in Pastoral Commission
Fr. Thomas Thennattu will replace Fr. Leenus Neetany in the Pastoral Commission.
54. New Appointment of Fr. George Augustine in Vatican
Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Fr. George Augustine SAC a Consultor of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in Rome. We wish him all the best and God’s blessings in this new appointment.
55. Final Profession
Final profession of our confreres Bro. Johny Amaladasan and Bro. Santhosh Varkey Anakkalil will take place on May 31, 2008 at Pallotti Sadan, Idukki.
56. Renewal of Profession
Those renewing their Profession will arrive in the place of renewal on 29th May 2008. The day before the renewal should be spent in recollection.
It is also to be noted that the consecration formula to be used during the profession should be the revised version.
57. Diaconate Ordination
Diaconate Ordination of Bro. Johny Amaladasan and Bro. Santhosh Varkey Anakkalil will be held on June 29th, 2008 in Prabodhana, Mysore. Rt. Rev. Thomas Vazhapilly, the Bishop of Mysore will confer the Order.
58. Annual Retreat
The annual retreat for the year 2008 is scheduled for the month of October 2008.
Preacher : Fr. Dr. X. D. Selvaraj
Venue : PILLAR, Madurai
Dates : 7 October evening to 12 October afternoon, 2008
Fr. Dr. X. D. Selvaraj is presently the Secretary of Laity Commission of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India. A professor of Moral Theology for a number of years he is known for his unwavering commitment to the cause of justice, both within Church and society. In the Church he is involved in enabling laity and creating casteless Church communities. These brought him at times in direct confrontation with the forces of darkness and he had to suffer numerous insults. Showing no sign of bitterness he goes about with his mission passionately inspiring leaders, particularly priests, to serve people with courage and commitment. He would no doubt challenge us with his simple life style, authentic spirituality, rich experience and deep knowledge. Hereby you are encouraged to attend and benefit from this retreat.
59. Khrist Premalaya Regional Theologate
The undivided Prabhu Prakash Province took over the Core Administration of Khrist Premalaya Regional Theologate (KPRT) from June, 1994. Our continued presence in KPRT was a point of major consideration during last Provincial Assembly, mainly because of the urgent need to concentrate on our own Theologate in Mysore and the shortage of qualified members in the Province. As per the decision of the Provincial Assembly we moved forward with handing over the administration of the KPRT back to the Council of Bishops of Madhya Pradesh (CBMP). On 9th April, 2008, the CBMP has relieved us from the administration of KPRTC and has handed it over to SVD’s Central Indian Province. We express our sincere gratitude to the bishops of CBMP for providing us this opportunity to render our service in the formation of priests for the last fourteen years. We also acknowledge the service rendered by our members during these years: Fr. Augustine Kolencherry, Fr. Thomas Thennattu, Fr. Paul Chandrankunnel, Fr. Joy Palachuvattil, Fr. Henry Angel, Fr. Thomas Tharakunnel, Fr. Mathew Kanjiramkalayil, Fr. Johnson Maniyamkott, Fr. Chackochen Mundathanath, Fr. Shibu Melapilly and Fr. Siby Vazhayil.
60. Christ the King Church, Kariavattom
Since June 15, 2002 Christ the King Church, Kariavattom was under our pastoral care. Over the last few years the Diocese of Trivandrum has been blessed with many vocations and is able to find a priest of its own for Kariavattom. We will hand over the parish officially on May 04, 2008. We remember with gratitude our confreres who were shepherds of the flock here: Fr. Emmanuel Joshi, Fr. John Paul A., and Fr. Shibu Melappilly.
61. Meeting of the Newly Elected Major Superiors
Generalate is organizing a Meeting of the newly elected Major Superiors of the Society. It will take place in Rome in the beginning of July 2008. Very Rev. Fr. Augustine Varickakal and Rev. Fr. Paul Chandrankunnel will participate in this Meeting.
62. Formation Week for Brothers in Rome
The General Secretariate of Formation is organizing a formation week for our brothers in perpetual consecration. It will be held in Rome from 21st to 26th July, 2008. Meeting is a part of the ongoing formation programme of the members of the Society as promoted by the Secretariat of Formation. Bro. Richard Arackal will represent the Province in this Meeting.
63. Pastoral Commission Meets at Nagpur
The members of the Pastoral Commission came together at Pallotti Bhawan on 23rd April, 2008, for the first meeting. The Meeting focused on sorting out the ways and means to make our pastoral and missionary commitment more effective; and our specific contribution to the Church more concrete.
64. Education Board Meeting
The members of the Education Board of the Province met at Maria Rani Centre on April 28, 2008. The meeting evaluated the over all performance of our educational institutions and explored ways and means implement the newly framed rules and regulations for the administration of educational institutions of the Province.
65. Formation Commission Meets at Aluva
The newly constituted Formation Commission held its maiden meeting at Pallotti Alayam, Aluva on May 2, 2008. The meeting discussed the various stages of formation of our students and our participation in the forthcoming Asia-Oceanic Formators Meeting which will be held at Maria Rani Centre from 18th to 22nd August, 2008.
66. Summer Hindi Course
Incompetence in spoken and written Hindi and lack of sufficient knowledge of the lifestyle and culture of North India have affected our missionary effectiveness in general and in particular, our transfers. To remedy this we have been sending our confreres for Summer Hindi Course organized by IMS fathers. This year, too, four of our confreres will be attending this Course from 10th June to 27th June, 2008 at Nainital, Uttaranchal.
67. Passion Retreat at Maria Rani Center
For the third successive year, Maria Rani Center organized Passion Retreat for the religious from 14h to 19th March 2008, besides the other regular programmes of the Centre. The retreat was guided by Fr. James Thomas Anithottathil with the assistance of Fr. Davis Kodiyan. The retreat was based on the “Seven Words from the Cross.” The retreat also was a golden opportunity for all the participants to share their charism, apostolate and life style.
68. Pallottine Youth Encounter
The Australian Region is organizing the Pallottine Youth Encounter from 4th to 13th July, 2008, on the occasion of World Youth Day (Sydney, 15-20 July, 2008). The encounter is intended to be an international experience of communion and sharing guided by the spirit of St. Vincent Pallotti and a vision of a living Church where all are called to grow in faith and communicate the love of Christ to the World. Twenty students from our Engineering College at Nagpur will attend the meetings under the leadership of Rev. Fr. George Madeikkal.
69. New Mobile Numbers and Email IDs
Fr. Ferdinand Franco : 09847051979, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fr. Davis Edassery : 001 414 699 1713
Fr. Thomas Tharakunnel : email@example.com
Fr. Alexander Athanas : firstname.lastname@example.org
70. Next Council Meeting
The next meeting is slated for July 22, 2008 at Pallotti Bhawan, Nagpur.