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Franciscan Youth Pledge to be Instruments of Peace

We, the Franciscan youth pledge that we shall be instruments of peace in our families, parishes and the society;- so took the oath more than 300 youth coming from across different states of India on the occasion of the Franciscan Youth Meet (FRAYME) 2020 which was held from 31 January to 2 February in St. Sebastian's Parish, Madhavaram, Chennai. The Secretariat for Evangelization and Mission of the OFM Franciscans India ventured a new initiative of bringing together the youth of Franciscan Parishes in India in order to impart the Franciscan values and motivate them to participate actively in the life of the parish. The youth from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and young Franciscans from Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamilnadu gathered together to experience the Franciscan joy of Brotherhood and Sisterhood with one another from diverse parishes./p>

The event began on 31 January evening with the host youth of St. Sebastian's Parish leading the procession of the Franciscan San Damiano Cross followed by a devout veneration. Fr. Praveen D’ Souza OFM, Minister Provincial, Fr. Charles Bernard OFM, Vicar Provincial, Fr. Bala Marneni OFM, ministering in St. Philip Catholic Church, USA and Fr. Joy K. Devassy OFM, Franciscan Missions -Waterford along with the representatives of the youth lighted the lamp marking the inauguration 3-day Franciscan Youth Meet. In his keynote address, Fr. Praveen inspired by Christus Vivit of Pope Francis, called on the youth to affirm oneself of God's personal love for each one, to discern and trust in God's plan for one's life and to be always online; with God, never to give up. With these words of motivation and words of appreciation for the initiative, he declared FRAYME 2020 open.

16 different groups of Franciscan parish youth and young Franciscans introduced themselves to the gathering in a creative manner highlighting the activities of their parishes and the culture of the State. Gathered for the Eucharist in the newly constructed St. Sebastian's Church, the youth participated with dedication singing songs in their own languages. Fr. Charles Bernard, in his homily, presenting the life story of St. Francis urged the youth to pray, “Lord, what do you want me to do?.

The youth assembled in the Church for ‘Praise and Worship’ in the morning on 1 February, sang hymns of praise, prayed the Psalms, read the Scripture and raised the intercessions to God. Dr. Dominic, in speaking about the role of youth in the church today, gave a personal testimony about Christ Jesus in his life and how he has been strengthened in his own faith. He invited the FRAYME participants to remain open for the encounter with the Lord and to stand for faith always with courage and strength. Dr. Anand, a motivational speaker from Hyderabad animated the FRAYME participants creatively to understand the potential of youthfulness and to channelize their energy in realizing who they are meant to be in the world. Rolling out a roadmap for such a journey, Dr. Anand interested the youth with his words of motivation and encouragement.

FRAYME participants sitting in groups of their own languages shared together as to how they could plan their career and how they could contribute towards their parish. The youth were immensely appreciated for their enthusiastic sharing and their sincerity to contribute more towards the development of Parish and especially how they could be instruments of peace in the society by reaching out to the wounded, left-out, needy and poor.

In the footprints of St. Francis of Assisi, the FRAYME participants took out a Peace March of three kilometres with lighted candles, holding placards calling for peace and singing the hymns of being instruments of peace in different languages. The sight of more than three hundred FRAYME youth along with many others walking and singing for peace created the curiosity of the onlookers - many asking the youth the reason behind such a march. This was an opportunity to explain a little about St. Francis and the need for Peace! Prayerfully gathered in the Church for Adoration later, the youth prayed for the world peace and harmony.

Celebrating the Consecrated Life on 2 February 2020, Fr. Vincent Chinnadurai, the Episcopal Vicar for Religious in the Archdiocese of Chennai expressed happiness for FRAYME 2020 and greeted the participants in the name of the Archbishop. As the diocese itself has declared this year as the year of youth, he said, it was only fitting, that this FRAYME 2020 was being held in Chennai. Fr. Kasi Rayappa, an Eco-Activist from the diocese of Vellore, spoke to the youth about the increasing need for eco-care, a major concern of St. Francis and the Franciscans worldwide. He appealed to the youth that becoming instruments of peace was not possible without sufficient care and activism towards the environment. Mrs. Mahalaxmi, a Corporate Leader and Media Professional, spoke to the youth about the advantages and disadvantages of social networking sites, the problem of addiction, time spent for ‘screen space’ and other aspects such as fake news, trolls and abuses. She then called for ‘adaptability quotient’ in order to better deal with the media.

Ms. Vinci from the Kanakankalam sharing about her experience said, I was delighted to meet the fellow-youth from different parishes and get to know them. I have become richer now with new friendships.Ms. Hepshipa from Madurai expressed, “the time of prayer, input sessions and DJ evenings lit up the life to heights in these three days.  Mr. Alex who hosted the youth in his house along with many other parishioners of St. Sebastian’s Parish recounted,the youth staying in my house were not just guests, they were like my children. I did what I am supposed to do for my children, taking good care of them during these three days. As a parishioner, I did my duty.

Proposing the vote of thanks, Fr. Simon OFM, the host Parish Priest recollected the exuberant joy, energetic presence and spirited atmosphere of the 3-day FRAYME 2020 and thanked everyone who made these days possible.  Fr. Praveen, in his concluding address, who was present for all the 3-day FRAYME 2020, encouraged the youth to put together their efforts, talents and skills to build a renewed Church with vigour for life. He also requested the youth to be instruments of peace starting with their relationships speaking always the language of love. He also announced that FRAYME 2021 will be held in St. Francis of Assisi Church, Ramnagar, Hyderabad. Mr. Anthony from Dindigul summing up the programme said, “I learned God, experienced sister/brotherhood and enjoyed sumptuous food.”

Fr. John Sekar OFM
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FRIARS' BIRTHDAY (February)

Date

Name of the Friars

Events

Year

01

Wilson Paul Nattalil

Hemant Xess

Robin Lakra

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

2001

2004

2004

02

Tomy Palackal

Vijay Minj

Julius Arul Rayan

Gali Bal Reddy

Birth

Birth

Solemn Vows

Birth

1974

1979

2001

1996

03

Ignatius Baa

Benjamin Jojo

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

2002

2002

04

Thomas A.

Vinod Kujur

Birth

Birth

1972

1985

05

St.Gonsalo Garcia

Saint


06

Sahaya Dhas J.

Madhu Sudhan Reddy

Sleeva Reddy

Prem Kumar D’ Souza

Stephen Lamin Gashnga

Jayapal Dwarakonda

Joseph Stephen

Sahaya Dhas J.

Vinod Robin

Felix Vijay

Eugene A.

Praveen Roshan Toppo

Jeddu Praveen Chinna Reddy

Nijil Chiramel

Joseph Prasanna Kumar

Pasala Showri Raju

Birth

Birth

Ordination

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

1980

1986

2002

2011

2011

2011

2011

2011

2012

2012

2012

2012

2012

2012

2012

2012

09

Nijil Chiramel

Ordination

2015

10

+ David Jackson

Home

1972

12

Francis Xavier

Birth

1970

14

Alphonse

Birth

1996

15

Praveen Henry D’ Souza

Deen Dayal

Pasala Showri Raju

Birth

Ordination

Ordination

1977

2017

2015

17

Prakruthi Mithra, Chundel

Blessing

2014

18

Assisi Vanam, Peravoor

Blessing

2009

20

Regi Matthew

Birth

1973

22

Lalith Kujur

Birth

1978

23

Xavier Durairaj

Vilas Correia

Birth

Birth

1975

1973

26

Nanasera Friary

Blessing

1996

27

Wilson Paul Nattalil

Birth

1970

28

Madhavaram Friary

Amaladass Manickam

Foundation

Birth

1953

1954