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Inter-religious Gathering On 19th March 2022

Fr. Roobandasl

The Religious leaders of different religions and also Christian denominations were invited for an inter-religious response to the situation of our country on 19th March 2022 at 10.30 am. Friar Simon A. the Parish Priest of St. Sebastian Church was the host of the celebration. He stated the purpose of this meeting: as our common response to our world today. There were Muslim Leaders and lay persons from the Madhavaram Jamat, Jain Leader Shantilal from Puzhal, the Sikh leader Rajender Sing from the Gurudwara, the CSI representatives Nakshatraraj and Mathew from the Arul Church Madhavaram, Full-Gospel Church Pastor David Diraviaraj and Br. Andrews from Madhavaram, Hindu representative Muniswamy from Palaniappa Nagar, and Ashok and Shankar from Madhavaram.

Fr. Simon read a passage from John’s Gospel and gave an explained of the passage, saying, that Jesus speaks of love and it is love that unites all of us to gather here and express our desire to work together as one human family. Fr. Anthony Roobandoss from the Madhavaram church sang a Sanskrit sloka “Asathoma satgamaya...and a few other verses from Thirumandiram and Vallalar. Then the various representatives sang and prayed from their own religious following sources.

Then Fr. Simon invited the various representatives to share their view on the present situation of the people and what course of action that we could take as leaders from different religions. Then each one shared what they think of the present situation. The Muslim leaders said that we are all children of God and we co-existed in India harmoniously for so many years. But presently we see a lot of division and disharmony among people and especially created by the political leaders. One of them said that God will forgive any sin but not the sin of creating division and hatred. In the year of the pandemic, we all provided for the needs of the people without any discrimination of religions, caste and political lineage. We also prayed for all the people.

The Jain leader said that the feelings we have for the nation should be superior to one’s own religion. First love and then you will be united as one nation. We should not be divided on the basis of religions.

The Sikh leader said that sharing is of great value. And all of us have the same blood as there is no Muslim blood and Hindu blood. It is the same in all of us. There should be no forced conversion but we should respect all religions. We should gather more often to express our solidarity and oneness so that people see us as united.

The CSI pastor said that it has been predicted in the Bible all these kinds of pandemics and wars will come and it is becoming true in the context of today. We helped people without distinction during this situation and will continue to help people in love.

Fr. Simon also shared his view that he belongs to the Franciscan Order whose founder St. Francis of Assisi spoke of reconciliation and brotherhood with the Muslim King Sultan Al-Malik. Fr. Roobandoss said that we know that we have challenges but how are we to face all these challenges as religious leaders and representatives of our religion? Each one answered that we must first preach and respect our own religion and only then speak of unity among all religions. We must also preach about our shared common humanity whenever we preach and teach our own particular religious communities. We must invite the leaders of different religions to participate in our religious gatherings and functions so that people will see us as united and appreciating each other’s religions. We must follow our own ancestral religion as well as respect other religions. The Jain leader said that if all the flowers in the garden were of one variety only, then of what use would they be or what beauty would they have? So, if all of us are Sikhs, or Jains, or Christians, or Hindus or Muslims then, what beauty would we have? It is good that we are unique and beautiful in the garden of God and that we love and appreciate one another with all our goodness and beauty.

Then all of us read the peace prayer of St. Francis of Assisi together. We warmly greeted each other and parted until we could gather once again. We took a group photo showing that we are all united and brothers to one another. We had a small tea celebration and wound up the meeting at around 11.20 am. They all thanked fr. Simon for such a gathering and said that we must have more and more of such gatherings in the future.

 

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FRIARS' BIRTHDAY (December)

Date

Name of the Friars

Events

Year

02

St. Louis Friary – Palmaner

Fidelis D’ Lima

Foundation

Ordination

1949

1964

05

Abraham Vadana

Shaji Nicholas Vadachery

+ Valentine Crasta

Birth

Birth

Home

1946

1969

2011

06

Baptist D’ Souza

Birth

1975

07

+ Anthony’s Church - Bannur

Erection

1999

09

Anil Kerketta

Birth

1980

11

Richard D’Silva

+ Agnel D’ Mello

Ordination

Home

1960

2013

13

Vincent Soosai

Varghese Sebastian

Scaria Varanath

Thomas M.M.

Dayanand

Anand Suresh Minj

Nideesh M. John

Birth

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Birth

Birth

1970

1975

1975

1975

1975

1987

1993

14

+ Titus Myppan

Home

2012

15

Gregory Fernandes

Ordination

1963

16

Paul K.L.

Assisi Sadan - Nagpur

Birth

Foundation

1952

1993

17

Sidney Mascarenhas

Varghese Lakra

Ordination

Birth

1967

1977

18

Ajit Kerketta

Birth

1976

19

James Kallarackan

Friary Chapel – Palmaner

Birth

Blessing

1942

1967

21

Parish Church - Palmaner

Blessing

1964

22

Francis Agnelo Rozario

Birth

1966

24

Emmanuel Christopher

Birth

1992

25

Mukti P. Ekka

+ Celestine Reardon

+ Ambrose Staskunas

Birth

Home

Home

1973

1976

1986

26

Tony D’ Souza

+ Paschal Fernando

Birth

Home

1962

1994

27

Irudayaraj Fernando

Sahaya Dhas J.

Ordination

Ordination

2002

2013

28

Madhu Sudhan Reddy

Ordination

2015

29

Thumma Ranjith Kumar Reddy

Ordination

2015

30

+ Gratian McEvoy

Wilson Paul Nattalil

Stephen Lamin Gashnga

+ Kuriyan Joseph

Home

Ordination

Ordination

Home

1992

2003

2012

2015

31

Sleeva Reddy

Birth

1968