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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 (February)

Date

Name of the Friars

Events

Year

01

Wilson Paul Nattalil

Hemant Xess

Robin Lakra

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

2001

2004

2004

02

Tomy Palackal

Vijay Minj

Julius Arul Rayan

Gali Bal Reddy

Birth

Birth

Solemn Vows

Birth

1974

1979

2001

1996

03

Ignatius Baa

Benjamin Jojo

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

2002

2002

04

Thomas A.

Vinod Kujur

Birth

Birth

1972

1985

05

St.Gonsalo Garcia

Saint


06

Sahaya Dhas J.

Madhu Sudhan Reddy

Sleeva Reddy

Prem Kumar D’ Souza

Stephen Lamin Gashnga

Jayapal Dwarakonda

Joseph Stephen

Sahaya Dhas J.

Vinod Robin

Felix Vijay

Eugene A.

Praveen Roshan Toppo

Jeddu Praveen Chinna Reddy

Nijil Chiramel

Joseph Prasanna Kumar

Pasala Showri Raju

Birth

Birth

Ordination

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

1980

1986

2002

2011

2011

2011

2011

2011

2012

2012

2012

2012

2012

2012

2012

2012

09

Nijil Chiramel

Ordination

2015

10

+ David Jackson

Home

1972

12

Francis Xavier

Birth

1970

14

Alphonse

Birth

1996

15

Praveen Henry D’ Souza

Deen Dayal

Pasala Showri Raju

Birth

Ordination

Ordination

1977

2017

2015

17

Prakruthi Mithra, Chundel

Blessing

2014

18

Assisi Vanam, Peravoor

Blessing

2009

20

Regi Matthew

Birth

1973

22

Lalith Kujur

Birth

1978

23

Xavier Durairaj

Vilas Correia

Birth

Birth

1975

1973

26

Nanasera Friary

Blessing

1996

27

Wilson Paul Nattalil

Birth

1970

28

Madhavaram Friary

Amaladass Manickam

Foundation

Birth

1953

1954