Vatluru – The Telugu language spoken in Andhra Pradesh is known as Italian of the east. The very name of this state sparks fire in every soul because of its hot weather and spicy food. But it was on the contrary when the fourth year students made a community visit to Andhra. The climate and stay were pleasant; fathers welcomed them with Guanellian hospitality and took good care of them. It was a learning and witnessing experience for the seminarians. Fr. Peter Sebastian taught a five-day class on the Guanellian Education System; and Sr. Victoria, Fr. John Peter and Fr. Shantham shared their personal experiences. The trip was a unique opportunity to share fraternity.
Chennai – Don Guanella Major Seminary organized a vocation drive throughout Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh October 24th-28th. The theology students were divided into groups and set off for the dioceses of Nellore, Kadappa, Chengalpet, Vellore, Salem, Coimbatore and Tanjaur. Our brothers worked diligently and visited various schools, parishes, hostels and Catholic families to find young men willing to offer their lives in service to the poor. The vocation drive was successful and brothers have valid suggestions to improve future events. As our founder rightly points out vocation promotion is “works of works”, as the community continues to seek vocations to our religious life.
Vatluru – Quite often in life, even when we have everything we need, we feel dissatisfied. Our desire to enrich our life has driven us all to India for a volunteer experience in Andhra Pradesh. In this new environment, so different from what we are used to, we had the opportunity to contribute to a multitude of activities that the Center provides to the poor and needy. The community warmly accepted us from the first moment. They made us feel part of a large family where each one contributes according to their skills; the elderly who come for the Rosary and dinner; the girls who share their day with us; the orphans of the Center always cheerful and loving; the village children outpouring energy, the mothers in the kitchen, the gentlemen taking care of the church, the priests and the religious brothers, they all are always available to help, to assist and to guide. Every day is marked by unforgettable events. We will bring these memories with us to Italy where we will continue to assist the best we can for these friends who have given us so much.
Chiara Caldarazzo, Lecce; Olga Miriam Lossa, Rome; Gloria Ciocchetti, Rome; Maila Ialungo, Rome
Koppaka– The Vatluru community celebrated the feast of our Founder St. Louis Guanella for the first time at Guanella Bhavan, the Minor Seminary in Andhra Pradesh. The festive Holy mass was celebrated by Most Rev. Mathew Cheriankunnel, PIME. The first anniversary of the canonization of our founder was a landmark in the history of the local. Priests and women religious from in and around the city of Eluru attended, and the Legion of Mary from the parish took a leading role in the Feast. The most special guests were the children of Guanella Oratory. About 500 people participated in the Holy Eucharist and received the blessing of St. Guanella on the gracious occasion. After the Holy Mass the young, energetic seminarians portrayed the life St. Guanella through a 40 minute skit. Everyone enjoyed learning about his life in that art form. A festive meal was served to end the joyful, educational celebration.