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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 (November)

Date

Name of the Friars

Events

Year

01

Charles Mathew Kolanchery

Deepak Kumar

Birth

Birth

1947

1994

02

Joseph Raj M.

Birth

1975

04

Charles Bernard

Birth

1963

05

Lawrence Simon

Bala Marneni

+ Thomas Thannikary

+ Bernard D’ Silva

Birth

Birth

Home

Home

1949

1962

1996

2010

06

Singarayar A.

Salvador D’Souza

Clinton J.

Birth

Birth

Birth

1970

1979

1992

07

Hemant Xess

Birth

1975

09

Saji P. Mathew

Birth

1975

10

Augustine Pinto

+ Wilbert Smit

Birth

Home

1936

2003

11

Fulgence Ekka

Basil S. Lobo

Birth

Birth

1964

1971

14

+ Mark O’Rourke

Salvador Drego

Kalyan Kumar

Home

Birth

Birth

1974

1984

1994

15

+ Anthony Almeida

Home

1970

17

Elizabeth of Hungary

Vinoth Kumar T.

Feast

Birth


1993

18

Blessed Salome

Feast


19

Agnes of Assisi

Thomas Joseph

+ Kamal Ekka

Feast

Birth

Home


1962

2008

20

Irudayaraj Fernando

+ Bonaventure Davis

+ Bishop Ambrose Y.

+ Jesu Irudayam

Birth

Home

Home

Home

1966

1971

1997

2009

21

Silash Panna

Birth

1990

23

+ John C. O’Dowda

Home

1982

24

Rajesh Praveen Kumar

Birth

1994

25

Gregory Fernandes

Carlos Dias

Tojy M.

Birth

Birth

Birth

1930

1959

1970

26

Balthazar Pinto

Birth

1960

27

Johnson M. V.

Abraham Vadana

Birth

Solemn Vows

1969

1976

29

All Saints of the Seraphic Order

Dependent Custody

Foundation,North East.

Amaladass Manickam

Feast


Erection

Erection

Ordination



2008

2008

1985

30

Prasad Papabathuni

Birth

1970