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Solemn Profession of Br. Nidheesh M. John

05 May 2019: It was a colourful evening where the sun was about to set but for us the Franciscans in India a new sun arose from the parish of St. Mary’s Church Chippilithode – Br. Nidheesh M. John who made his final commitment in the hands of Br. Praveen Henry D’Souza, the Minister Provincial.

Br. Nidheesh M. John was born and brought up in this parish and now he is being called by God to live a life in accordance with the Gospel and he realized his call as – A Call to heal, to Forgive and to Unite. It was a special moment for him to make his solemn profession before the Parishioners with whom he grew up.

The ceremony began at 5 pm with a brief description on his life and his mission by Br. Jose Palimattom. The Mathru Sangham (Women association) was in their uniform sarees with colourful umbrellas in their hands, the children in their uniforms to welcome Br. Praveen, the Minister Provincial and Br. Nidheesh, our new member to the Order. The procession began from Assisibhavan, our friary where Br. Praveen, the Minister Provincial, Br. Amaladass Manickam, the Magister, Br. Pradeep, the Guardian, Br. Thomas Joseph, the Parish Priest and other Friar Priests were vested in Syro-Malabar liturgical Vestments. The choir sang melodiously as the procession began. When the procession reached the Altar, Br. Praveen received the offertory (as per Syro-Malabar rite custom, the offertory is at the beginning of the Eucharist) brought by Br. Nidheesh’s family and relatives.

Later during the Liturgy, the parents of Br. Nidheesh laid hands on him and prayed for him. They then offered him to the Order of Friars Minor by leading him to Br. Praveen, the Minister Provincial and offering Br. Nidheesh in the hands of Br. Praveen.

The Eucharist was celebrated by Br. Thomas Joseph the Parish Priest and con-celebrated by Br. Praveen and Br. Babu Jose.

After reading the word of God, Br. Amaladass Manickam, the Magister called the candidate who is intending to make his solemn profession to come forward. The Minister Provincial examined the candidate on his intention to become a friar minor.

The litany of the Saints was sung where the candidate prostrated before the altar as a sign of surrender to the Lord. Br. Nidheesh then pronounced the Solemn Vows placing his hands in the hands of the Minister Provincial.

The friars embraced Br. Nidheesh and wished him peace and perseverance. After the Holy Communion, the congregation sang Te Deum to thank the Lord for the gift of Br. Nidheesh to the Order of Friars Minor.

The felicitation began after the Eucharist in the Catechism Hall. The children of the parish welcomed the Minister provincial and the newly professed with a welcome dance. Br. Pradeep Kalliath, the Guardian of Assisibhavan, Chippilithode welcomed the dignitaries to the stage. Mr. Johny Molekunnel, Father of Br. Nidheesh honoured the Minister Provincial with a shawl. The dignitaries: Br. Provincial, Br. Amaldass Manickam, Br. Paul Kallan, Sr. Sylvia SFN felicitated the newly solemnly professed friar. A sumptuous meal was arranged by the friars of Chippilithode and all participated in it before they left for their homes.

Br Pradeep Kalliath

 

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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