May He Rest in Peace

Kopakka – Mr. David Raj, the beloved father of our confrere Fr. Sunil Francis died suddenly on May 26th. The Andhra community organized a memorial mass in his honor on July 21st at Guanella Bhavan. His mother, other siblings, relatives and friends along with neighboring priests, sisters, catechists and GLM members participated and prayed for the repose of his soul and expressed their sentiments of grief and condolences to the family. He was a renowned catechist of the diocese and one of the pioneers of the evangelization among the poor in the diocese of Eluru. All who attended remembered and recollected his faith-filled life and staunch affinity to the church.

Vegam Sports Meet

Chennai – A sports meet was held on July 16th by the Chennai Social Service Organization. Our children participated with enthusiasm and energetic hearts; attempting to win prizes. The main motivation of going to the event was to show solidarity with all differently-abled children. Our students qualified for the semi-finals. Miss Thiloshani won the gold medal in throw ball. Master Vinoth reached the final, but it was a tough competition for that age group. Throughout the day our children worked hard in achieving prizes with help from the teachers and volunteers. They were so happy to have participated in this CSSO event.

St. Louis Guanella Village: Ground Blessing — stlouiscenter

Nearly forty people gathered on the morning of Friday, June 24, 2016 to witness the leadership of the Divine Providence Province of the Servants of Charity bless the grounds of a vacant field where the new St. Louis Guanella Village will be constructed beginning this summer. Guests included seven priests, twelve residents, and the direct […]

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Annual Assembly

Manila – Confreres from the Philippines and Vietnam gathered at the Carmelite Missionaries Center for Spirituality for their Annual Assembly March 29-31. With the presence of the Secretary General, Fr. Gustavo de Bonis, the Assembly focused their discussions on the Vocation and Formation Program. Other topics discussed were: strengthening collaboration with the laity, deepening our sense of mission, embracing our mission with love and financial matters. On the first day, Fr. Gustavo addressed the confreres on “Embracing our Mission with Love.” They also watched the video of Cardinal Tagle of Manila at the recent 51st International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu on the “Eucharist and Dialogue with Cultures.” There was also some time for recreation.

Visiting the Sick

Manila – As an act of Christian charity during this Jubilee of Mercy, the staff, seminarians, volunteers and confreres visited our brothers and sisters with Hansen’s disease at Tala, North Caloocan on March 21st. About 90 patients are staying in four wards of a hospital there. We spent time listening to their stories and praying with them. We also brought a meal and some personal care items. Many spiritual insights were gained in listening to their stories and visiting them. It is our fond wish that more people could visit these Hansen’s patients in Tala and bring them needed hope and light to their lives.

A New Set of Wheels for St. Louis Center

So many people give assistance to the St. Louis Center and the developmentally disabled children it serves.

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IMG_1349When Rotarian Paul Schissler of Chelsea takes on a service project, he takes it on in a big way. As a member of the Chelsea Rotary Club, he thought it would be a great idea to help fellow Rotarian Fr. Joseph Rinaldo, SdC., by obtaining a golf cart to help him get around St. Louis Center’s sprawling campus five miles west of Chelsea in Sylvan Twp. What made this project unique however, was that he thought it would be fun to involve the other service clubs in the community to combine their forces for good. That made this a shared project between the Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus, Lions Club, and Kiwanis Club.

To complete the project, Schissler negotiated the price of a surplus golf cart at Reddeman Farms, and then added modifications to it. According to Schissler, these included, “a rear seat kit, heavy duty rear suspension kit, and…

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An Elegant Event Benefits St. Louis Center

A beautiful event to benefit the work of the confreres in Chelsea MI.

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IMG_2272Many of the restaurants and businesses in the Chelsea Community hold the residents of St. Louis Center close to their hearts, and when asked for their assistance, they respond with great generosity and pride. This year’s Taste of Chelsea was the fifth year for the event, and over 125 people filled St. Mary Parish Hall to enjoy the delicious culinary offerings provided on the evening of Saturday October 3, 2015.

This year’s participants included: Arctic Breakaway, Chelsea Big Boy, Chelsea Milling Co., Common Grill, Good Times Kettle Corn, Mill Pond Bread, Smokehouse 52 BBQ, Stivers Restaurant, Thompson’s Pizza, Fr. William J. Turner, Uptown Coney Island, Wesley’s Catering, Zingerman’s Creamery, and Zou Zou’s Café.

Golling – Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram was this year’s Corporate Sponsor, and “Master Chef” level Sponsors included Chelsea Dermatology, Chelsea Knights of Columbus Council #3092,

Lane Animal Hospital, Polly’s Country Market, St. Joseph Mercy – Chelsea, Side…

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Independence Day Tournament

Bangalore - Kabbadi 3Bangalore – The Guanella Preethi Nivas community is proud of the boys of the Guanellian Youth Movement, who successfully organized a Kabbadi tournament in commemoration of India’s 69th Independence Day. The Independence Day tournament is a festive occasion for Kabbadi fans in Geddalahalli; having been hosted by the GYM Boys since 2013. Four teams entered: St. Mary’s School, Carmel English High School, New Hope Group and GYM Boys. The match began with the opening speeches by Fr. Gnanaraj, GPN Superior, and Fr. Adaikalam, Novice Master. “This is a sport in which everyone should have the attitude to take up the challenge,” said by Fr. Gnanan. The teams were well trained by the PT masters and cheered on by their classmates. This year St. Mary’s School won the trophy after defeating Carmel English School in the final 21-7.