Chennai – On May 26th, for the occasion of the 151st Ordination Anniversary of St. Guanella, 25 of our temporary confreres joyfully renewed their vows by pronouncing ‘Yes’ to the Lord to keep vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. Fr. Soosai Rathinam, Provincial Superior, presided over Holy Mass and received the vows of the confreres. In his homily, he focused on the faithfulness of the confreres to the Congregation. He stressed that faithfulness is one of the important aspects of living a Guanellian religious life. On behalf of the brothers and the community, DGMS Superior Rev. Fr. Samson thanked God and the Provincial Superior with his grateful heart. To make the celebration more grand, Rev. Fr. Gnanaraj, GPN community Superior, Fr. John Peter and Fr. Anil and the DGMS community fathers, con-celebrated with Fr. Soosai.
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 – 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 – The DGMS community releases “Guanellian Deepam” each academic year and the theme this year is, “Guanella’s Spirituality and his Devotion”. Many confreres contributed to the booklet by writing articles, giving birth to the richness of our Founder’s Spiritual Devotedness and Maturation in Holiness. This year’s edition was released on February 11th, feast day of our Lady of Lourdes and the day seven seminarians professed perpetual vows to the Congregation. Fr. Soosai Rathinam, Provincial Superior, officially released the booklet and with his words of appreciation he insisted that the young confreres should excel in their intellectual and spiritual evangelization, drawing many modern souls to God.
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.
Chennai – Don Guanella Evening School celebrated the Pongal Festival on January 14th. The people of Tamilnadu mark this festival by making pongal, colorful Rangoli art and thanking the Lord for the harvest. Br. Praveen conducted party games and awarded prizes to the winners. All the children thanked Fr. Samson from DGMS who gave a beautiful explanation of the festival and blessed the pongal pot. Sweet pongal was served to all the children before they left went home. The following day Ms. Stella, a Guanellian Cooperators from Bengaluru, offered a class on “Motivation” for the Evening School youth. She began by stating that the future depends on each young person, therefore everyone needs to maximize themselves for the good of all. The youth had the opportunity to ask questions and share puzzling aspects of their life. The class ended by singing a Marian hymn.
Chennai – The Don Guanella Major Seminary community had fruitful experience during a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Velankanni Church, Besant Nagar. The pilgrimage began early in the morning November 10th. They started by reciting the Rosary. In spite of some hardships, they had a good experience of walking with Mother Mary. After reaching the church, the community fathers celebrated Holy Mass and offered their thanks and praise through blessed mother Mary.
Chennai – The DGMS community held a vocation drive October 25-30th facilitated by Fr. Prakash, Vocation Promoter, in Tamil Nadu and by Fr. Sunil Francis in Andhra Pradesh. The Theology brothers divided into two groups and were sent. First group went to Salem Diocese, Tamil Nadu, with special permission of the Bishop. They were welcomed by parish priests and Catholic institutions with fraternal joy. In three days they visited Attur, Mount, Agragaram and other parishes and institutions. Most of the students responded quite positively. The second group went to Andhra Pradesh with the guidance of Telugu speaking confreres. They met many students and introduced the congregation. There too, our brothers received a positive response from the students. We thank God, our Mother Mary and our beloved Founder, who accompanied the brothers during their journeys. We hope that in coming years more vocations will come to our congregation.
Chennai – The first death anniversary of Mr. John, the father of Fr. Samson, SdC, was celebrated by the DGMS community on October 28th. Holy Mass was offered by Fr. Samson and concelebrated by Fr. Soosai Rathinam and the confreres at Don Guanella Special School. Fr. Ligori gave the homily. Participants included the special school children, the staff and beneficiaries from Happy Home. After Mass, a sumptuous meal was served, sponsored by the family members of Fr. Samson in remembrance of his father. May the Lord grant eternal peace to Mr. John.