On 21 July 2018 the Conference of the Major Superiors in India organised the concluding of the Bicentenary celebration of the Priestly Ordination of St. Vincent Pallotti coupled with the celebration of the Golden and Ruby Jubilee of 12 of our confreres at Mary Queen of Apostles Church, Nagpur. Rev. Fr. Joseph Tharakunnel celebrated his 50th year of Priestly Ordination and Rev. Bro. Richard Arackal, the Golden jubilee of his Perpetual Consecration. The joy was doubled by the Ruby Jubilee Celebration of 10 of our confreres: Rt. Rev. Thomas Thennatt SAC, Bishop of Gwalior, Rev. Fr. Abraham Kizhakekoottu SAC , Rev. Fr. Mathew Panakal SAC, Rev. Fr. Leo Felix Monroe SAC, Rev. Fr. Sakayidas Thazhathoppil SAC, Rev. Fr. William Bara SAC, Rev. Fr. Benedict Monteiro SAC, Rev. Fr. John Sabha Sunder SAC, Rev. Fr. James Palakudy SAC and Rev. Fr. Alois Kujur SAC. The Holy Eucharistic celebration was presided over by Rt. Rev. Thomas Thennatt. Rev. Fr. Varghese Pullan, Provincial Rector of Prabhu Prakash Province welcomed the gathering and Rev. Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, Rector General preached the homily. The Jubilarians were also felicitated after the Eucharist for their many years of dedicated service.
Indian Pallottine Pastors Meet(IPPM), organised by the Conference of the Major Superiors(CMS) in India was held on 18-20 July 2018 at PAC, Nagpur. Pastors from all the 3 Indian Pallottine Provinces attended the meet. In the Inaugural session, Rev. Fr. Varghese Pullan, President of the Conference of the Major Superiors in India, cordially welcomed all the participants and the resource persons. Resource persons who animated the meet included Rt. Rev. Chacko Thottumarickal SVD, Bishop of Indore, Rev. Fr. Jacob Nambudakam SAC, Rt. Rev. Thomas Thennatt SAC, Rev. Fr. Denilson Gerald SAC, General Consultor, Rev. Fr. Milton Gonsalves, Secretary, CCBI Commission for Family and Mr. William Raphael, Secretary to the Pastoral Council of Indore Diocese.
Pallotti Bhawan had a remarkable celebration of the Solemnity of St. Thomas, the Apostle on 3rd July. The community sought the blessing of St. Thomas during the Solemn Eucharistic Celebration held in the Syro-Malabar rite. The day was made memorable with the Inter-Batch Arts competitions, that included Elocution, Quiz, Group Song and Solo singing competitions.
Two young and vibrant missionaries, Rev. Fr. Fredinand Franco and Rev. Fr. Bibin Sebastian, have joined the Gwalior Diocese as part of extending our collaboration with the Diocese of Gwalior. They were sent after the Holy Eucharist and special prayers held at Pallotti Bhawan on 2nd July 2018 and Rev. Fr. Varghese Pullan accompanied them to Gwalior. We wish them fruitful seasons in their missionary undertakings.