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The Joy of the Foundation: Friar John’s ordination

It was a moment of joy for the Foundation of St. Francis of Assisi, North East India, as Br Johnvinzen Lyngdoh Tongkhar OFM walked towards the Altar to be ordained to the Order of Priesthood. Br. John shall be the fourth friar priest from the Foundation.

30th December 2018 will go down as a memorable day in the life of the Foundation and in the life of Br. Johnvinzen Lyngdoh. He hails from the parish of Mawkyrwat in the village of Rangmaw, Meghalaya. The ordination was held in the Cathedral of the Diocese of Nongstoin

The Eucharistic celebration was grand and inspiring. The main celebrant was the Most Rev. Dr. Dominic Jala D.D. the Archbishop of the diocese of Shillong who is also the Apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Nongstoin. The solemn Eucharist was concelebrated by Br. Praveen Henry D Souza, the Minister Provincial, Br. Singarayar, the President of the Foundation, the Provincials of various congregations, priests of the Diocese, guest priests from various places. There was a good number of friars present for the celebration.

The prayerful atmosphere began with the procession of the priests to the Altar of God together with the family members of the ordinandus. The ordinandus seated among the family members were called by the Vicar General of Nongstoin Diocese to present themselves to the Bishop. The Archbishop solemnized the celebration with the anointing of the four newly ordained priests. The new priests like Melchizedek of old joined the Archbishop to offer the Eucharist. The celebration was a joyous event as the melodious voices of the Cathedral Choir filled the air. The celebration was witnessed by an enormous amount of faithful.

The new priests of Christ were joyfully greeted by the fellow priests, religious, family members and the whole congregation soon after the Eucharist. There was a fellowship meal, thereafter. After the Eucharist, there was Adoration conducted by the newly ordained priests. There was a warm felicitation programme for the newly ordained. The day ended with the solemn blessing given to us by Br Johnvinzen Lyngdoh Tongkhar OFM, Fr. Albert Lyngkhoi, Fr. Kenny Nongrum and Fr. Arnes Sohshang.

The first Thanksgiving Mass of Br John was well attended by his village faithful and relatives. There were 15 priests together with Br. Praveen, the Minister Provincial and the local Parish Priest. The choir of the village sang beautifully and Br Stephen Lamin gave us a meaningful homily on the importance of a priest in the Church and the society. Towards the end of the Eucharist, Br. Praveen thanked Br. John’s mother and the family members for giving Br. John to the Order of Friars Minor. After the photo session, we had a procession from the church leading Br. John to his house with singing and dancing.

The cutting of the Ordination Cake was a remarkable one in Br. John’s life and the family members and all of us. The celebration mood did not end there as the cultural program was arranged in his house and a special cultural dance was performed by the parishioners of Nongjri parish. The day continued and the program continued throughout the day. I was indeed happy to witness the celebration of the Ordination and the First Thanksgiving Eucharist of Br John vinzen Lyngdoh.

 

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FRIARS' BIRTHDAY (August)

Date

Name of the Friars

Events

Year

01

Richard D’ Silva

Balaswamy Gundiga

Entry

Birth

1952

1978

02

Portiuncula

Feast


03

Julius Arul Rayan

Birth

1974

04

+ Bernard Henrietta

Praveen Roshan Toppo

Ravi Bara

Home

Birth

Birth

1981

1982

1995

06

Benedict Gomes

Augustine Tirkey

Birth

Birth

1977

1989

08

+ Marianus Kadasani

T.S.Leo Max

Home

Birth

2004

1995

11

+ Clare of Assisi

+ Sanctes Molenkamp

Feast

Home


1990

14

Jesu Maharaja

Pasala Showri Raju

Birth

Birth

1975

1987

15

Arok Sundar Sebastian

Charles Bernard

Felix Gassam

Francis Kaviyil

Chinnappan M. Devaraj

Amaldas Belevendran

Bobby V.T.

Birth

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Ordination

1951

1990

1990

1992

1992

1992

2000

18

Jamesmon P.C.

Ordination

2001

19

John Chrysostom

Ordination

1995

21

Vijay Amirtharaj A.

Birth

1979

22

Bhaskar Reddy

Birth

1973

23

Stephen Arun S.

Birth

1994

25

King Louis IX

Arun Devasia Nattalil

Akshay Showry Raj

Feast

Birth

Birth


1991

1994

27

Joseph Kishan

Birth

1995

28

Fidelis D’ Lima

Birth

1939

30

Arockia Raj R.

Birth

1959

31

+ Christopher Coelho

Home

2007