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Pastors’ Meets Report

A meeting of the Pastors of the Province of St. Thomas the Apostle, India, the Custody of the Mary, Mother of God, India and the Foundation of St. Francis of Assisi, North East India was held from January 3rd to 4th 2019 on the theme: “Sent to Evangelize in Fraternity and Minority in the Parish.” The Vicar Provincial addressed the gathering. The meeting was animated by Msgr. (Dr.) Jose Navez, the Chancellor of the Diocese of Vijayapuran, an expert on pastoral care, Spiritual direction and pastoral counselling. The meeting reflected the document “Sent to Evangelize in Fraternity and Minority in the Parish - Handbook for Parish Ministry, by the Secretariat General for Evangelization, General Curia OFM. An orientation cum summary of the document was presented by Friar Johnson MV. The meeting consisted of talks, study of the document, presentations of reports by Friar Pastors about the challenges, life and mission of their respective parishes, group discussions, and workshop on planning for the future. There were 19 participants, although 25 pastors were registered for the meeting.

The pastors meeting reflected on the following points;

a) the social-cultural-religious-ecclesial context in which the parish finds itself, b) the signs of renewal already present in parochial life, c) the most important and urgent challenges for the evangelizing mission of the parish community, d) the motives for which the friars have accepted responsibility for the parish and recognize their specific contribution in the course of the history, e) the importance of martyria, liturgia, koinonia, diakonia, and missio in the life of the fraternity and in that of the parish, f) promotion of Franciscan traditions and Franciscan movements such as OFS, Youfra in the parish, g) discussions on initiatives to have inter-Franciscan parish activities for laity, youth and children, h) exchange of ideas on how to regularize the formation collections on the feast of St. Francis, and organize benefactors’ day and i) plan out developing an addresses bank of benefactors (local benefactors) for the project office of the Province.

We express our sincere gratitude to Br. Johnson MV, the Secretary for Mission and Evangelization, Br. Dominic C.J., the Animator of Evangelization, Br. Balthazar, the Provincial Definitor, and the Team members for organizing the event and Br. Charles A, the Guardian of St. Louis Friary.

 

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FRIARS' BIRTHDAY (April)

Date

Name of the Friars

Events

Year

01

Gabriel Mathias

Carlos Dias

Birth

Ordination

1950

1989

03

+ Sylvester McGoldrick

Home

1992

04

Vineet Kerketta

Birth

1995

05

+ Achilles Meersman

Salim Joseph

Nicolas Marak

Home Ordination

Birth

1982

1994

1994

07

Rajasekhar Reddy Gopu

Punitha Anthoniar Illam

Birth

Foundation

1985

1992

08

John Chrysostom

Birth

1965

09

+ Prasad Cheely

Ordination

1998

10

Jugal Kishore Lakra

Ordination

2005

11

Paul Kallan

Ordination

1996

12

+ Liguory Mimpen

Home

2016

13

Francis Agnelo Rozario

Ordination

1997

14

Matthew Kootumkal

Cajetan S. Lourenco

Shalom Friary, Hyderabad

Cajetan S. Lourenco

+ John Peter

Bhaskar Reddy

Birth

Birth

Foundation

Ordination

Home

Ordination

1963

1965

1975

1996

2005

2005

15

Ignatius Baa

Joseph Raj M.

Ordination

Ordination

2005

2007

16

Richard D’Silva

Shanborlang Wartde

Francis Kaviyil

Babu Jose Pamplany

Birth

Birth

Ordination

Ordination

1933

1989

1994

1994

17

Peter Saleth Nathan J.

Ushar Kachhua

Joy (George) Sebastian

Jacob Tani

Birth

Birth

Ordination

Birth

1978

1992

2010

1993

18

St.Francis Friary, Kochi

Prasad Papabathuni

Joy K.D.

Erection

Ordination

Ordination

1951

1998

1998

19

Parish at Chippilithode

Vilas Baptist Correia

Prashanth Wilson Fernandes

Erection

Ordination

Ordination

1997

2008

2012

20

Johnson M.V.

Tojy M.

Regi Matthew

Ajit Kumar Dung Dung

Tony Marshall

Nelson Toppo

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Birth

1999

2004

2006

2008

2009

1992

21

Abraham Vadana

Davis Kallookaran

Alphonse Moras

Gerald Lobo

Simon Pinto

Paul K.L.

+ Angelo James Anthony

New Church at Salbari

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Home

Blessing

1972

1972

1972

1972

1972

1972

2002

2013

22

+ Owen McLaughlin

Home

1974

23

Anthony Roobandass A.

Singarayar A.

Tom John

Thomas A.

Birth

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

1978

1997

2002

2003

24

Johnny Anthony

Benjamin Jojo

John Sekar

Birth

Ordination

Ordination

1961

2005

2010

25

Pratap Reddy Salibindla

Thomas Joseph

Johnny Anthony

Sandesh Manuel

Varghese Lakra

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

1991

1992

1992

2009

2010

26

Thaddeus Baxla

Pradeep Kalliath

Birth

Ordination

1968

2007

27

+ Paul Fernandes

Home

2004

29

Arok Sundar Sebastian

Dharma L. Bernard

Arun Prakash

Lourdu Augustine

Balaswamy Gundiga

Peter Saleth Nathan J.

Vijay Minj

Entry

Entry

Birth

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

1973

1973

1974

2006

2008

2012

2012

30

Parish at Nanasera

Anthony Alex Martis

Vijay Amirtharaj A.

Nesavanam,Chennai

New Church at Reddypalem

Erection

Ordination

Ordination

Blessing

Blessing

1995

2008

2008

2008

2013