Chennai – In the month of Mother Mary’s birth, brothers from Don Guanella Major Seminary went on a pilgrimage to the Marian shrine at Besant Nagar. On September 3rd, one of the novena days, the brothers walked the shrine. They stopped for breakfast at St. Patrick’s Church at the foot of St. Thomas Mount. After walking thirty kilometers through Porur, Adiyar and Gandhimandapam, the group reached the shrine and Fr. Francis, vice rector, offered Holy Mass; praying for our congregation with the faithful gathered there. Brothers each offered a Rosary to the Blessed Mother. The long walk, prayers offered to Mary, and the Eucharistic celebration nourished the brothers spiritually and brought many blessings to our congregation in this centennial year of the Founder’s birth into heaven.
Vatluru – The feast of Our Lady of Velankanni was celebrated in a grand manner in the village of Koppaka on September 8th, the birthday of the Blessed Mother. As a spiritual preparation for the feast, a charismatic prayer service and the sacrament of reconciliation were offered beforehand and the faithful partook in them faithfully. A large number gathered to honor Mother Mary on the Feast beginning with a procession in the morning and followed by Mass celebrated by Fr. Shantham. Fr. Peter Sebastian, local superior, and other confreres joined the celebration. After Mass the fathers and local political leaders were honored. A festive meal was shared by more than 2000 people.
Legazpi – The sun was shining on August 29th after a few days of heavy rain in Albay. The residents of Harong Kan Sagrada Familia (HKSF) had a long awaited pilgrimage to Our Lady of Salvation. Each year at the feet of the Blessed Mother the residents ask for the grace of spiritual, physical and psychological strength to lead their lives. Upon arrival at the shrine, the whole community; residents, staff, postulants and seminarians led by Fr. Battista Omodei, gathered to pray the rosary. Each person lit a candle for their individual intentions. The pilgrims had lunch and visited the beautiful Mayon volcano. Life, though difficult due to disabilities, is boundless when entrusted to the Blessed Mother.
Saigon – Fr. Felicks attended the Eucharistic Congress for Children in the Phan Thiat Diocese on June 13th at Tapao Hill. Tapao Hill is a place where people believe that the Blessed Mother appeared. More than 15,000 children gathered for the Eucharistic Congress. It was an amazing experience witnessing how children are brought up in faith in the Sacrament of the Eucharist.