Chennai – Come away to a Deserted Place by yourselves and rest for a while,” Mk: 6:31. According to St. Louis Guanella, “The enrichment of one’s consecrated life is met through diagnosing the health of body, mind and soul through ‘annual spiritual exercises’, and it is a promising Way to Holiness”. Therefore, the Divine Providence Province offered the Annual Spiritual Exercises ‘17 for all priestly confreres in order to enrich their Religious Consecration. So that all confreres could participate, the Retreat was held on two different occasions. It was the choice of the confreres and the decision of superiors to shuffle their members according to the needs and requirements of the community. The preachers were Fr. Jesu, SVD; and Fr. Soosairaj, SJ. The retreat created a suitable ambience to rest in God, renew the soul in the Holy Spirit and project for a better religious life.
Chennai – The Divine Providence Province in India inaugurated a Structured Guanellian Study Center March 3rd. During the inaugural ceremony Fr. Soosai, Provincial Superior, narrated the significance and benefits of the center in India. He also exhorted the confreres and young scholastics to educate themselves and to infuse their lives with the spirit of the Founder. Fr. Francis, coordinator of the Center, explained the purpose and objectives: to know the Founder, to preserve Guanellian traditions and to live the spirit and charism in our Context today. To memorialize the inauguration, a precious manuscript of our Holy Founder was presented by Fr. Fabio Pallota from Spain to be archived at Guanellian Study Center, India.
Chennai – DGSS children participated in LIMCA record attempt by doing martial arts for a set time with more than 1000 school children. Some of our children successfully participated in proving their talents. The officials appreciated our children for leading successful lives by developing their health and knowledge like Observation, Expectation, Awareness, and Presence of Mind, Creative Mind, Rhythm and Inner Feel. Our children received prizes and certificates in imaginary individual lesson and imaginary team lesson performance. They were also given participation certificates for LIMCA Book of Records.
Chennai – The Divine Providence Province in India had the joy and privilege to spend quality time with the members of ASCI, the charitable movement from Italy. The representatives were Mr. Eduardo and Ms. Maura. During their trip they visited all the mission stations of our Guanellian family in India. After the fraternal visit, they expressed their sentiments,
“We actually see the inspired Guanellian charism, imitated love of Christ, witnessed Guanellian service amidst the poor and suffering of society such as abandoned children, orphans, disabled “good children”, and the elderly. The image of love and mercy that St. Guanella generated for the poor brethren is represented. In spite of extreme poverty the respect for human life is marvelous. The young Guanellian family in India including priests, sisters, brothers, seminarians, benefactors, beneficiaries and all the other Guanellian members, is really deep rooted in its faith, apostolate and evangelization in accordance with modernity.”
Having expressed this, they expressed gratitude for all the hospitality prepared by the province. They also assured their spiritual and manual assistance of any projects of charity to the poor.
Chennai – Sound activity leads to sound living. The world is too busy, people keep themselves busy to the extent of losing their health. As a part of the academic plan at Don Guanella Evening School they held the annual sports meet for evening school children. There were different events like drawing, singing, story writing and many outdoor games. The event, which brought the spirit of happiness and togetherness, ended by awarding prizes. The children were very happy to express their thanks to the DGMS community brothers for their help and support.
Chennai – A word of appreciation, a note of gratitude and a wish of success always brings us close to each other. On February 25th, Don Guanella Evening school gave a farewell program to eight students, who are preparing for their board exams beginning on March 2nd. After they finish these exams, they will also leave DGES. To commemorate this event, a farewell celebration was organized by the junior students. There were different activities like, songs, party games and skits. When it was the time, the 12th grade students shared their experiences that were inculcated in them at DGES. They also expressed their gratitude to DGES. We wished them well and gave them stationary for the exams. At the end, the students joyfully shared cake.
Chennai – The ecclesial document Pastores Dobo Vobis recommends that candidates to the priesthood be equipped in all dimensions of priestly life. In particular, every individual must excel in their spiritual, moral and intellectual development. In the light of the document’s invitation, Don Guanella Major Seminary held the third Theological Reflection on “Features and Visions of Guanellian Life” on February 23rd. The chief guest was Fr. Prakash, SdC, who gave talks, presentations, defense and clarifications to bring a sound understanding about St. Guanella’s Spirituality and Apostolic Vision.
Chennai – Reviewing the past can be helpful for the present. Four Regency brothers gathered for the second time at Don Guanella Major Seminary February 22nd-23rd. The topic of the two-day program was ‘Pedagogy of Kindness’ with talks on this theme given by Fr. Soosai and the DGMS confreres. Brothers shared their mission experience and listened to one another. They also expressed their thanks to Fr. Soosai and his council for giving them a chance to have firsthand experiences of our mission. The second day, they had an exposure program to Balavigar Special School run by a Government organization. They even had some time for sightseeing in Chennai. Regent Brothers returned to their communities in the spirit of happiness and eagerness.
Chennai – Extending charity is the realization of the kingdom of God. Therefore in view of realizing the presence of the kingdom of God, Don Guanella Special School laid the foundation stone for the Residential Home for the Special Children on February 12th in the presence of Most Rev. Anthony Samy, Bishop of Kumbakonam; Fr. Gustavo DeBonis, General Secretary; and Fr. Soosai Rathinam, Provincial Superior. Fr. Soosai made a special request for the spiritual and material support of the project to all present. The celebration closed with Marian sentiments.
Chennai – The Servants of Charity Congregation was very delighted to receive Perpetual Vows of seven seminarians on the feast of our Lady of Lourdes. Molding and preparing for fifteen years of priestly formation, the confreres with their maturation of discernment and conformity with Christ made their solemn surrender to the Lord of the harvest, to serve and save souls through the Guanellian Order. Brothers submitted themselves to God in the presence of Fr. Gustavo DeBonis, General Secretary, and Fr. Soosai Rathinam, Provincial Superior. The following day, February 12th, the seven professed brothers were ordained as Deacons by Most Rev. Anthony Samy, Bishop of Kumbakonam. The congregation and the church thanked God for the gifts of young Servants.