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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 (September)

Date

Name of the Friars

Events

Year

02

+ Matthew Walsh

Jayaseelan P.R.

Home

Ordination

1969

2001

04

+ Kentigern Stuart

Home

1995

08

Arokiam John

Tom John

Arockiasamy P.

Niranjan Toppo

Birth

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Birth

1976

1999

1999

1993

09

Salun Kispotta

Birth

1995

10

Athanasius Xaxa

Birth

1959

11

+ Paulinus van Halderen

Home

1999

13

Bangalore Friary

+ Vincent Roy

John Sekar

Blessing

Home

Birth

1952

1959

1982

14

Anthony Pushparaj

Birth

1976

15

+ Fidelis Magee

Home

1979

17

Stigmata of Francis

Varghese Sebastian

Richard D’ Silva

Assisi Illam Dindigul

Feast

Birth

Solemn Vows

Blessing


1947

1956

2010

18

Joseph of Cupertino

Feast


19

Mesia Elias Moses M.

Birth

1973

20

Tom John

Birth

1961

23

Padre Pio

+ John Forest Hogan

A.J.Mathew Joseph

Feast

Home

Birth


1962

1989

24

Shalom Friary –Hyderabad

Blessing

1995

25

Sagaya Soosairaj

Birth

1968

26

+ Fabian D’ Souza

Home

2010

27

+ Conrad Gomes

Home

1993

28

Nicholas D’ Souza

Lourdu Augustine

Pradeep Anthony L.

Birth

Birth

Birth

1945

1976

1992

29

Sushil Beck

Salim Baxla

Birth

Birth

1973

1974