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An Ecumenical Floral Tribute to the Victims of Sri Lanka Bomb Attack by Franciscan Family Chennai

We were all affected by the loss of innocent lives due to the bomb blasts in Sri Lanka on the Easter Sunday. The happiness and calmness of Easter was shattered by these gruesome bomb blasts. These shocking acts of terrorism forced the people of Sri Lanka to go on lockdown. But the people around the world came out in support of the people of Sri Lanka.

One such support came from the Franciscan Family Chennai (FFC). An Ecumenical Floral Tribute to the victims of bomb attack as well as to show our unity beyond boundaries of religion, cast and race was organized on 28 th April 2019 behind Valluvarkottam, Chennai. The main topic of this ecumenical meet was, "Make me an instrument of Peace-Humanity beyond boundaries".

The speakers during this meet were invited from different religions such as Hinduism (Sr.Lalitha, Brahma Kumary, Raja Yoga Medition Centre, Nungambakkam and Swami Shashi Shikananda, Rama Krishna Mission), Islam ( Mr. A. Faizur Rahman and Dr.Salahuddin Mahammad Ayub, Chief Kazi), Buddhism (Swami Shanthilalji) and from Christianity (Rev. Fr. Praveen Henry D’Souza OFM, President, AFFI).

The prayer song was sung by the students of Stella Maris College. Dr. Victor A.Singarayar OFS, Joint Secretary, FFC, welcomed the speakers and the gathering. The nursing students of St. Isabel Hospital composed and sang a beautiful song on the importance of peace and unity among all religions. This song was much appreciated by all. All the speakers condemned the dreadful acts of violence carried out in Sri Land and all over the world in the name of Religion and Race. And they insisted the need to live in peace and harmony with each other.

Rev. Sr. Anthoniammal FBS recited the peace prayer dedicated to our holy father St.Francis of Assisi. Bro. Arul OFS read out a pledge for peace and unity among all religions and races in the world. Rev. Sr. Arul Mary FMM, Secretary of FFC, finally thanked all the speakers for their valuable contribution and the Franciscan Family that came together to show to the world that we can and ought to live in peace and unity.

Rev. Fr. Joseph Raj OFM, Coordinator of FFC, was the one who coordinated the entire program.

 

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FRIARS' BIRTHDAY (July)

Date

Name of the Friars

Events

Year

01

Anthony Alex Martis

Birth

1976

02

Pratap Reddy Salibindla

Henry Jose

Birth

Birth

1960

1992

03

+ Thomas the Apostle – Patron of the Province

Amaladass Manickam

Atma Jyothi, Mysore

Abhishek M.

Feast


Solemn Vows

Blessing

Birth



1982

1987

1995

04

Praveen Henry D’Souza

Ordination

2007

05

Martin Sangma

Birth

1992

06

Jugal Kishore Lakra

Birth

1976

07

+ Michael Haliday

Baikim Chandra Minj

Stephen Lamin Gashnga

Home

Birth

Birth

1976

1982

1983

08

Dominic C.J.

+ Bede Worham

Birth

Home

1959

1991

09

Mukti Prakash Ekka

Arun Junes

Solemn Vows

Ordination

2000

2006

12

Anto Leo

Birth

1988

13

Sidney J.M.

Arvind Kerketta

Birth

Birth

1941

1970

14

Michael Anand

Simon A.

Deepak Xalxo

Avinash Toppo

Birth

Birth

Birth

Birth

1977

1981

1992

1996

15

+ Bonaventure

Feast


20

+ Blaise Lobo

Home

1997

21

Lawrence of Brindisi

James N.

Feast

Birth


1966

22

+ Leonard Fernandes

Home

1980

27

+ Cornelius D’ Souza

Phyrnai Lyngdoh

Home

Birth

2009

1983

28

+ Alphonsa

Feast


30

Trevor D’ Souza

Entry

1985

31

Joseph Prasanna Kumar

Birth

1985