GAAI Formed

Cuddalore – An age old dream was realized when the alumni of St. Joseph’s Seminary (Ex-Seminarians) gathered at the Seminary to renew and strengthen their bonds with the Guanellian Congregation. The participants expressed their joy for inviting them and keeping the Guanellian spirit alive in them. The day began with Eucharistic Adoration led by Fr. Visuvasam. A session followed in which Fr. John Paul Britto explained the purpose of the gathering and gave a presentation of all the Guanellian mission activities in India. By popular opinion, the Alumni decided to start a movement; giving it the title Guanellian Alumni Association of India (GAAI).


Alumni Association of DGBH

Boys Home residents perform

Boys Home residents performCuddalore – The alumni gathering was held on December 26th at the Don Guanella Boys Home with about 45 former students participating. It was a joy filled event because they came from Bangalore, Kerala and different parts of Tamil Nadu. The meeting was well animated by the Guanellian Community. Rev. Fr. Visuvasm, the Superior, began the day with adoration. A motivational talk was given by Mr. John Rosario, vice principal of Periyar Arts College Cuddalore, followed by participants coming forward to sing and dance.

After a lunch shared by current and former Boys Home students, the alumni did some planning for the future and elected new officers for the association. The Boys Home director is the president, Fr. Paul Francis is the animator of the association and a leader from each class was elected to facilitate communication.

Holy Mass celebrated by the alumni: Rev. Fr. Samuel (Pondy-Cuddalore Arch Diocese), Rev. Fr. Dominic (Servite Order) and Rev. Fr. Paul Francis (Guanellian), culminated the day.Alumni of boys home celebrate Mass

Mr. Christu Raj and Mr. Antony Raj shared their stories as motivation for the current students; encouraging them to seize this golden opportunity and to grow in their future. With tea in the evening the gathering came to an end.