Seminarians Arrive in Rome

DPP Seminarians in Rome

DPP Seminarians in RomeRome, Italy:   During the first week of July four confreres from the Divine Providence Province (Fr. James Stanley Babu, Br. Jesu Arokia Doss, Br. Augustine Joseph Abraham, and Br. Bob Niemeyer) arrived at the Msgr. Michele Bacciarini International Theological Seminary, in Rome, to begin their Italian Language studies. They are learning to speak and write in Italian in order to prepare them for their upcoming studies in Rome.  Fr. James will be studying for his Licentiate, and the brothers will begin their first year of theology studies (classes will commence at the beginning of October.)

The four confreres were met (and given a hearty international welcome) by a houseful of Guanellian priests and theologians, hailing from all parts the congregation.  Later in the week, the brothers were joined by two other first year theologians (Brothers Giscard from Congo, and Achillus from Nigeria) from the Our Lady of Hope Delegation.

The brothers did not have a chance to experience jetlag, because they arrived at the beginning of a pilgrimage in Rome for young people who are discerning their vocations to either the priesthood and/or religious life, and the Guanellian seminarians were asked to participate in and to help with the pilgrimage (which lasted from Wednesday, July 4th until Sunday, July 7th). The days were full of activities, catechesis, and prayer.  The highpoints of the pilgrimage were when Pope Francis decided to join the pilgrimage and share his thoughts on vocation, and the closing Mass celebrated by Pope Francis.

After that event packed initiation, the brothers began their Intense Italian Language Program, at the Urbaniana Pontifical University (which is the former seat of the Propaganda Fidei).  The classes lasted from 8:30AM-12:00PM (Monday thru Friday) for the month of July.  Each of the brothers did well in the course.

Towards the end of the month, the confreres from the Divine Providence Province were overjoyed to meet, visit, and share a meal with the members of the Divine Providence  Provincial Council (Fr. Soosai, Fr. Kulandai, Fr. Visu, Fr. Charlton, and Fr. Dennis), as well as Fr. Joseph, the provincial treasurer.

Fr. James and the brothers are looking forward to the opportunity given by Fr. Allesandro Allegra (the rector of the seminary) to stay one month in a Guanellian house in Perugia, Italy (close to Assisi).  During this time they will begin the next level of Italian Language studies At the University for Foreigners, in Perugia.

The four confreres feel blessed and are grateful to God for the wonderful opportunities that Divine Providence has bestowed upon them.

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Renewal of Religious Consecration

Seminarians renew vows

Sunday, May 26, was the anniversary of St. Louis Guanella’s ordination (1866). It was also a memorable and emotional day for our Province, the Divine Providence Province. On that day, 52 seminarians renewed their vows or professed for the first time. 25 in Chennai, India; 22 in Bangalore, India; 3 in Rome, Italy; and one in Manila, Philippines. In India, despite the persecution, discrimination and violence against Christians, there is still hope for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. We also hope for Guanellian vocations in the northern states of Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Chhattisgarh. Religious consecration is an answer to the infinite love of God the Father. All the confreres renewing their consecration that day are young men in their twenties, an age of energy and promise. They are responding to God’s love by offering their youth. Our Provincial, Father Soosai Rathinam, accepted their vows with an inspired message on the anniversary of the Founder’s ordination. “Our religious Life” he said “is not a benefit, it is a commitment; a commitment to sacrifice, as in the legacy of the Founder: prayer and sacrifice.”

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Dopo un secolo, San Luigi Guanella a Laureana

In cammino con Cristo

Giusto un secolo fa, veniva fondato a Laureana di Borrello l’Asilo Infantile “Domenico Lacquaniti Argiro'”. Questa istituzione, che da quel momento in poi avrebbe accolto ed educato i bambini in età prescolare del paesino calabrese, povero in quei tempi di strutture del genere, era il frutto della collaborazione tra una famiglia agiata del posto, che nel terribile terremoto del 1908 aveva perso il figlioletto, a cui la scuola veniva dedicata, e la Chiesa di Roma, che affidava la gestione dell’asilo ad un “uomo della Provvidenza”, il sacerdote valtellinese, Don Luigi Guanella, che in quel periodo stava mettendo su dal niente tante istituzioni simili in mezza Italia.

Don Guanella, giunto a Laureana, cento anni orsono, si rese conto della situazione del paesino e delle sue criticità sotto l’aspetto sociale, economico ed educativo. Ma, senza arrendersi, confidando, come sempre, nel potente aiuto della Santa Provvidenza, portò a termine la missione affidatagli dal Papa, aprendo…

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Servants of Charity Mourn Passing of Rev. Fr. Luigi Frangi

Fr. Louis Frangi
Fr. Louis Frangi
Fr. Frangi in the late 1960s

The Servants of Charity congregation has reported the passing of Rev. Fr. Luigi Frangi, SdC. today in his nativeItaly. Fr. Frangi was born on March 30, 1924, and as a part of his religious vocation of serving persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, was sent to theUnited States in 1959 where he worked at the Don Guanella School in Springfield, PA. until 1968. He was then transferred to St. Louis Center in Chelsea, MI, where he served as theSuperiorand Treasurer of the local community until 1982 when he returned to Italy.

While in theUnited States, Fr. Frangi was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and was recently recognized for his 30 years of service by St. Louis Guanella Council #3092 in Chelsea, MI. He also said Mass at many local parishes in Washtenaw County, and was particularly fond of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Manchester, MI.

According to Fr. Joseph Rinaldo, SdC., “Fr. Luigi was a gentle and hardworking man, who could be seen constantly in prayer, and always saying the rosary.” After returning toItaly, Fr. Frangi ran the Shrine of Our Lady of Turino for several years, became chaplain to the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence in Lake Como, and lived at the retirement home in Nuova Olonio, Italy until recently being transferred to the hospice center in Caidate, Italy where he finally met the Lord.

Please remember Fr. Luigi Frangi in your prayers.

Eternal rest grant unto him O, Lord…and let perpetual light shine upon him.

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Diaconate ordination is conferred upon an Indian confrere of the Servants of Charity

Diaconate ordination is conferred upon an Indian confrere of the Servants of CharityWe rejoice and give thanks to the Lord for the recent perpetual profession and diaconate ordinations of our confreres Bakthis and Amalor in Rome April 21-22. Our province feels enriched and blessed by this addition of new servants in the field of the Guanellian ministry inserted in the Church mission toward New Evangelization. To our confreres our prayerful wishes to faithfully and joyfully live their vocations remembering that our title is Servants and our motto is “In omnibus caritas.”