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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 (January)

Date

Name of the Friars

Events

Year

03

St.Antonine Morton

Austin Francis

Home

Ordination

1970

2004

04

Sandesh Manuel

St.Rudolph D ’ Silva

St. Daniel Sigamony

Birth

Home

Home

1980

2005

2016

06

Thomas M.J.

Carlos Dias

Joseph Stephen M

Shanti Vanam, Raipur

Kurnool Missions

Basil S. Lobo

Birth

Solemn Vows

Birth

Arrival

Foundation

Ordination

1972

1986

1984

1997

2002

2008

07

Christopher (Christy)

Birth

1983

08

St.Ernest Reilly

St.Bernard Silveira

Home

Home

1981

2004

09

St.Anthony Rickards

Francis Arockiasamy

Justin Savio A

Home

Ordination

Birth

1989

2016

1998

10

Francis Xavier

Ordination

2004

11

Jerome Kispotta

Birth

1961

12

Nicholas D' Souza

St.Gerwin van Leeuwen

Ordination

Home

1973

2002

13

Praveen Roshan Toppo

Ordination

2015

15

Francis Kaviyil

St.Francis Serrao

Phyrnai Lyngdoh

Birth

Home

Ordination

1966

1990

2017

16

Prashanth Wilson Fernandes

Jeddu Praveen Chinna Reddy

Joseph Prasanna Kumar

Birth

Ordination

Ordination

1984

2015

2015

17

Nesakkaram – Chennai

Basil Tirkey

Foundation

Ordination

1991

2016

18

Felix Gassam

Felix Vijay

Ejekial Lakra

Birth

Ordination

Birth

1965

2015

1995

19

Albinus Ekka

Birth

1993

20

Tomy Palackal

Ordination

2011

21

Parish at Malom-Noatoli

Erection

1996

22

Prem Kumar D’ Souza

Nathaniel Tirkey

Prem Kumar D’ Souza

Birth

Birth

Ordination

1982

1988

2013

23

St.Peter D’ Souza

Eugene A.

Home

Ordination

1991

2015

24

Tomy Palackal

Arun Junes A.

Kulandaisamy M.

Christopher (Christy)

S.Vows

S.Vows

S.Vows

Ordination

2004

2004

2004

2015

25

Dominic C.J.

Jayapal Dwarakonda

Ordination

Ordination

1992

2013

26

Assisi Sadan - Umred

Blessing

1996

27

Chinnappan M. Devaraj

St.Dunstan Rickards

Roshan Lobo

Shaju Paliyathil

Shaju Paliyathil

Birth

Home

Birth

S.Vows

Ordination

1967

1940

1992

2002

2004

28

TrevorD ’ Souza

Birth

1960

29

Christopher (Christy)

Thomas Kiren A.

Anthony Roobandass A.

Solemn Vows

Birth

Ordination

2013

1993

2011

30

Bryan Carneiro

Ordination

2013

31

Scaria Varanath

Jeddu Praveen Chinna Reddy

Birth

Birth

1949

1985

Date

Name of the Friars

Events

Year

03

+ Antonine Morton

Austin Francis

Home

Ordination

1970

2004

04

Sandesh Manuel

+ Rudolph D ’ Silva

+ Daniel Sigamony

Birth

Home

Home

1980

2005

2016

06

Thomas M.J.

Carlos Dias

Joseph Stephen M

Shanti Vanam, Raipur

Kurnool Missions

Basil S. Lobo

Birth

Solemn Vows

Birth

Arrival

Foundation

Ordination

1972

1986

1984

1997

2002

2008

07

Christopher (Christy)

Birth

1983

08

+ Ernest Reilly

+ Bernard Silveira

Home

Home

1981

2004

09

+ Anthony Rickards

Francis Arockiasamy

Justin Savio A

Home

Ordination

Birth

1989

2016

1998

10

Francis Xavier

Ordination

2004

11

Jerome Kispotta

Birth

1961

12

Nicholas D' Souza

+ Gerwin van Leeuwen

Ordination

Home

1973

2002

13

Praveen Roshan Toppo

Ordination

2015

15

Francis Kaviyil

+ Francis Serrao

Phyrnai Lyngdoh

Birth

Home

Ordination

1966

1990

2017

16

Prashanth Wilson Fernandes

Jeddu Praveen Chinna Reddy

Joseph Prasanna Kumar

Birth

Ordination

Ordination

1984

2015

2015

17

Nesakkaram – Chennai

Basil Tirkey

Foundation

Ordination

1991

2016

18

Felix Gassam

Felix Vijay

Ejekial Lakra

Birth

Ordination

Birth

1965

2015

1995

19

Albinus Ekka

Birth

1993

20

Tomy Palackal

Ordination

2011

21

Parish at Malom-Noatoli

Erection

1996

22

Prem Kumar D’ Souza

Nathaniel Tirkey

Prem Kumar D’ Souza

Birth

Birth

Ordination

1982

1988

2013

23

+ Peter D’ Souza

Eugene A.

Home

Ordination

1991

2015

24

Tomy Palackal

Arun Junes A.

Kulandaisamy M.

Christopher (Christy)

S.Vows

S.Vows

S.Vows

Ordination

2004

2004

2004

2015

25

Dominic C.J.

Jayapal Dwarakonda

Ordination

Ordination

1992

2013

26

Assisi Sadan - Umred

Blessing

1996

27

Chinnappan M. Devaraj

+ Dunstan Rickards

Roshan Lobo

Shaju Paliyathil

Shaju Paliyathil

Birth

Home

Birth

S.Vows

Ordination

1967

1940

1992

2002

2004

28

TrevorD ’ Souza

Birth

1960

29

Christopher (Christy)

Thomas Kiren A.

Anthony Roobandass A.

Solemn Vows

Birth

Ordination

2013

1993

2011

30

Bryan Carneiro

Ordination

2013

31

Scaria Varanath

Jeddu Praveen Chinna Reddy

Birth

Birth

1949

1985