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Cyclone that hit Coastal and Delta Districts in Tamilnadu

Gaja cyclone has destroyed the future, people have built over by many years of their hard work. People of the Delta districts in Tamilnadu have lost the belongings at home and their source of income in the fields: Cultivation. They are not able to come to terms with the reality that they have lost everything. The Delta districts are known for paddy cultivation. After the issue of Cauvery and the uncertainly over the flow of water, most people have moved from paddy cultivation to cultivation of coconut trees, teak wood and red sandal wood trees. I know from my own experience that coconut trees can bend even reaching the ground, but they will not break. But here, in the Delta districts even the coconut trees have been broken by the cruel and ruthless Gaja Cyclone.

The extent of devastation is so much that it would take months and years for the life to return to normalcy. The scar that Gaja has left behind will take time to heal. When the food packets were distributed by Bon Secours College, Thanjavur, children, women and men were running to collect. Men were in tears explaining the loss. The Bon Secours sisters were in tears when we had a meeting with them in their Provincial House, Thanjavur as they explained the suffering of the people they witnessed.

After seeing the devastation and hearing from people who suffered loss, we, the Franciscan Family in Chennai, had meeting on 25th November 2018. In that meeting, we have decided to collect relief materials from Franciscan Family who are working in Chennai. During that meeting, it was decided that Sr. Anthoniammal FBS, Br. Victor Singarayar OFS, Sr. Arul Mary FMM, Br. Christy OFS and I would go to the Franciscan Congregations to collect relief materials. The response that we have received from Franciscan Family in Chennai is overwhelming. Everyone that we met so far has responded very positively. We are hoping to take the relief materials by this Friday. Br. Josephraj, Nesakkaram, Chennai

 

 

 

 

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FRIARS' BIRTHDAY (December)

Date

Name of the Friars

Events

Year

02

St. Louis Friary – Palmaner

Fidelis D’ Lima

Foundation

Ordination

1949

1964

05

Abraham Vadana

Shaji Nicholas Vadachery

+ Valentine Crasta

Birth

Birth

Home

1946

1969

2011

06

Baptist D’ Souza

Birth

1975

07

+ Anthony’s Church - Bannur

Erection

1999

09

Anil Kerketta

Birth

1980

11

Richard D’Silva

+ Agnel D’ Mello

Ordination

Home

1960

2013

13

Vincent Soosai

Varghese Sebastian

Scaria Varanath

Thomas M.M.

Dayanand

Anand Suresh Minj

Nideesh M. John

Birth

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Birth

Birth

1970

1975

1975

1975

1975

1987

1993

14

+ Titus Myppan

Home

2012

15

Gregory Fernandes

Ordination

1963

16

Paul K.L.

Assisi Sadan - Nagpur

Birth

Foundation

1952

1993

17

Sidney Mascarenhas

Varghese Lakra

Ordination

Birth

1967

1977

18

Ajit Kerketta

Birth

1976

19

James Kallarackan

Friary Chapel – Palmaner

Birth

Blessing

1942

1967

21

Parish Church - Palmaner

Blessing

1964

22

Francis Agnelo Rozario

Birth

1966

24

Emmanuel Christopher

Birth

1992

25

Mukti P. Ekka

+ Celestine Reardon

+ Ambrose Staskunas

Birth

Home

Home

1973

1976

1986

26

Tony D’ Souza

+ Paschal Fernando

Birth

Home

1962

1994

27

Irudayaraj Fernando

Sahaya Dhas J.

Ordination

Ordination

2002

2013

28

Madhu Sudhan Reddy

Ordination

2015

29

Thumma Ranjith Kumar Reddy

Ordination

2015

30

+ Gratian McEvoy

Wilson Paul Nattalil

Stephen Lamin Gashnga

+ Kuriyan Joseph

Home

Ordination

Ordination

Home

1992

2003

2012

2015

31

Sleeva Reddy

Birth

1968