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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 (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