Guanellian Presence on Tanzanian Soil

Fr. Furaha Ntasamaye, a young diocesan priest in Tanzania, through his own initiative scoured Europe to obtain substantial contributions to help care for almost 250disabled girls and boys in a very vast region of West Tanzania.
This is the first Guanellian settlement in this beautiful country.
Gero Lombardo, German Guanellian Procure

Guanella Center Celebrates Valentines’ Day

Manila – A Valentine program was held at Guanella Center February 14th for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The opening of the program was led by Sr. Fe Aguilar, a Guanella Center Staff, followed by an opening prayer led by the hearing impaired class of Sir Marvin Lava. The Guanella Home residents presented a dance number with the Physical Therapy interns and then the different booths were opened and the games were played. Lunch was served after the games followed by another dance number presented by another group of boys and girls. There was a contest to decide who would be awarded Mr. and Ms. Valentine 2017, the lucky ones were John Paul Dunglao and Hana Vanessa Almario, next were Maricar Marabillas and Marwin Ostras and last but not the least were David Torotoro and Fel Lorraine Canoy. The main theme for this year’s Valentine was “Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.”

Home to Serve…

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.

‘Food Fest’

Chennai – “Charity is the best weapon by which we can take actions similar to God”. Don Guanella Special School held ‘Food Fest’ on Feb 5th to raise funds and awareness for the special children. The event, which was held at Don Guanella Major Seminary, started with a prayer dance followed by an introduction of the project for the special children. Approximately 2000 people attended. The arrangements and organization by fathers and brothers was meticulous, creating a significant means to find Souls of Mercy for the Works of Charity.

Special Children Receive Sacramental Grace

Manila – On December 8th a group of persons with disabilities received the Sacraments of Baptism and First Holy Communion. Presided by Fr. Charlton Viray and concelebrated by Fr. Battista Omodei and Fr. Loyola Diraviam, it was a joyful event not only for the families of these children but also for the Guanella Center community. Our Founder, St. Louis Guanella always insisted the importance of giving not only bread but first and foremost giving our Lord. As they received the Lord and the graces because of the reception of the Sacraments, let us pray that more and more special children may be privileged to receive the Sacraments. Unfortunately, very few parishes or dioceses have programs on how to catechize children with intellectual disabilities so that they can eventually receive the sacraments like ordinary Catholics do.

Skills Training for the Differently-Abled

Chennai – A candle-making training which is a Central Government Project for Persons with Disabilities was held at Don Guanella Special School. It was organized by the MINISTRY OF LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT (National Career Service Center for the Differently-Abled.) Twenty children from DGSS were selected for the training. Two of the special educators from school with cooperation from the government officials and the school program director trained the students. The main aim of this program is to equip the children in one of the arts so that they can earn a livelihood and stand on their own. After the training program, the children were taken to MGM (Dizzee World) for a picnic. Children were assisted by the staff and parents throughout this well-organized program.

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Chelsea – Begun as an outing to teach their sons the meaning of charity, the Dad & Lad Golf Outing celebrated its 19th year at Twin Lakes Golf Course in Rochester Hills on August 3rd. Along with the 144 golfers who filled the course, another 106 patrons came for dinner to support the residents of […]

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Triple Salute

Thalavadi – August 15th is an important and unforgettable day for all Indians and was very special this year at Nazareth Illam with three reasons to celebrate. The first salutation was for India and the freedom fighters as we celebrated the 70th Independence Day with various colorful cultural events. A parade was conducted and the chief guest was Mr. Shiva Shankar, the vice-principal of Don Bosco School. He was awestruck by and congratulated our patients for their talents and discipline. In the afternoon, the community saluted Fr. Gabriel on the first anniversary of his ordination and Bro. Deva on his birthday. Our patients enthusiastically participated in the cultural events, making the day joyful and colorful. The celebrations ended with cake and vadai. The events of the day helped everyone ponder the sacrifice of noble dignitaries of our nation, our church and our congregation.

Kaanbom Karpom: Look and Learn

Chennai – At the end of July, Don Guanella Special School visited St. Thomas Mount, a planetarium and a children’s park for an experiential program called “Look and Learn” conducted each month for the betterment of the DGSS students. Fr. Lourdu Raj, Program Director of DGSS, took the children first to St. Thomas mount after spending some time in prayer and meditation, children had the view of takeoff and landing of flights. The next stop was the the planetarium, Periyar Science and Technology Centre, to learn about space and what is beyond earth. Some of the seminarians and school teachers accompanied the kids to these important places. Fathers, brothers, teachers and parents had lunch together and headed to the children’s park to play before returning home that evening.

Government Officials Visit

Thalavadi – Government officials from Erode District visited our Mentally Impaired Home on July 18th. The Sub-Collector of Erode district from Gobi, DDAWO, Thashildar, VAO of Thalavadi and local MLA, Mr. Eshwaran from Pavanisakar and other government officials were present at the meeting. A warm welcoming and short function was held for the officers. The MI patients were happy to express their views about their life situation, medications and also expressed their necessary demands and needs. The government officers and the MLA assured that they would surely make some arrangements for their requests and expectations.