Chennai – The Don Guanella Major Seminary community gave a farewell to Fr. Praveen who has been serving in the community as the assistant director of the Don Guanella Rehabilitation Center. He is transferring to the Mysore formation house. The good children and teachers from DGRC participated in the program, making the event a colorful one. Brothers and teachers from DGRC felicitated Fr. Praveen with flattering words for his admirable services that he rendered to the good children. At the culmination of the program, Fr. Samson thanked him for what he has been to the community for the past two years and presented him a gift.
Chennai – On August 16th, youth from Veppary spent their valuable time with the good children at Don Guanella Rehabilitation Center. It was an unforgettable day for everyone. That morning some of the youth prepared a meal and organized a cultural program. In between presentations, they conducted various games and awarded prizes. During lunch, they served the good children; happily spending the whole day with them. The good children amazed them with their talents and the youth joined in dancing and singing. At last they gave T-shirts and slippers to the children. The program came to an end on a note of thanksgiving. It was a great witness that the Founder’s words continue to come true.
Chennai – A.C.S Medical College in Chennai conducted a medical camp at Don Guanella Rehabilitation Center on August 26th. There were general doctors and ear, nose and throat specialists. Many parents as well as children benefited greatly from this camp and gave full support in caring for the health of the good children. The doctors were very knowledgeable at treating the sicknesses of the children. The doctors gave assurance that they will continue having medical camps periodically.
As Long as there are Poor to be Assisted and Distress to be relived our Charity never ends.
Our Special Children are the Living Sacraments.
-St. Luigi Guanella
Chennai – As the sun set and the breeze began to blow, the joyous 15th Annual Day celebration began. The DGRC children, their parents, Guanellian fathers and brothers, chief guests Rev. Fr. Soosai Rathinam, the provincial, Mrs. Buavana and Mrs. Vijaya, Special Educators, marched to the entrance to celebrate the event where Fr. Rathinam began by blessing the image of St. Guanella dining with good children, reminiscent of Jesus’ Last Supper. Our Buoni fili, smiling cheerfully, celebrated their success of another year of learning; proving that even amid difficulties one can make life meaningful and successful. Fr. Rathinam, on behalf of his council, congratulated the children and encouraged them to progress in all aspects of their lives. The special chief guest, Mrs. Buavana, addressed the parents and teachers and their role of becoming a stepping stone in the growth of the good children. She asked each person present to discover their abilities and to foster them. End of the year gifts were given to all the children and prizes were presented to the winners in sports and discipline. What a joy to make a difference in their lives.
Fr. A. John Bosco Superior of Kumbakonam and Parish Priest of our Lady of Divine Providence Church
Fr. C. Alphonse M. Ligory Superior of Thalavadi Community
Fr. M. Peter Sebastian Superior of the Vatluru Community and Guanella Karunalaya Director- Andhra
Fr. S. P. Visuwasam Superior of Cuddalore Community and Director of Don Guanella Boys Home
Fr. A. Kulandaisamy Superior of Sivagangai Community and Formator of the Postulants
Fr. J. Samson Rajasegaran Superior of Chennai Community and Rector of DGMS
Fr. R. Gnanaraj Superior of Bangalore GPN and Rector of the Philosophate
Fr. A. Adaikalam Master of Novices, 1st Councilor -Bangalore GPN
Fr. M. John Paul Parish Priest of St. Antony the Hermit Church, Kallathupatti Parish, Dindigul
Fr. P. Peter Joseph Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Parish, Vatluru, AP and Councilor of Vatluru Community
Fr. S. John Dass Director of the Mission in Madurai, 1st Councilor in Sivagangai Community
Fr. R. Lawrence Thambu In charge of Madurai land development Project and Treasurer & Councilor of Sivangangai Community
Fr. P. Paul Raj Director of the Mission in Guanella Anbagam and Councilor in Sivagangai Community
Fr. D. Chandra Navis Guanella Center Program Director & Councilor in Quezon City Community, Philippines
Fr. J. David Jayaraj Don Guanella Aged Home Director and GPN Community Councilor
Fr. X. Sahaya Rajesh 1st Councilor and Vice-Rector in DGMS, Chennai
Fr. S. Antony Lourduraj Director of Don Guanella Rehabilitation Center & Councilor in DGMS community
Fr. M. Dominic Baskar Treasurer of the DGMS community and Councilor
Fr. C. Lourduraj Vocation Promoter and in charge of Youth ministry & Councilor in Cuddalore Community
Fr. I. George Vinsula Assistant Director of Don Guanella Boys Home & Councilor in Cuddalore Community
Fr. A. Pravin Vinoth Raj Formator of Guanella Bhavan and Vatluru Community Councilor
Fr. A. Arul Raj Treasurer of Guanella Bhavan and Vatluru Community Councilor
Fr. A. John Peter Assistant Director of Guanella Karunalaya and Treasurer and Councilor of the Vatluru Community
Fr. A. Kanikkai Raj 1st Councilor and Assistant Director in Thalavadi
Fr. A. Kuriakose St. Joseph Roman Province ministry for 3 years
Fr. A. Maria Arokiadoss Mission Procura in Germany
Fr. M. Praveen Jeba Kumar St. Joseph Roman Province ministry for 3 years
Fr. A. Louis Baskar Provincia Santa Cruz, Brazil ministry for 3 years
Fr. James Stanly Babu Licentiate Studies in Rome
Fr. Fortunato Turati Chaplain for DSMP at Mt. St Joseph – Lake Zurich, IL
Fr. Satheesh Caniton Vocation Promoter at Pious Union of St. Joseph – Grass Lake, MI
Fr. Paul Oggiooni Director of the Pious Union of St. Joseph – Grass Lake, MI
Fr. Joseph Rinaldo Community Superior, St. Louis Center – Chelsea, MI
Dn. A. Antony Samy Councilor and Treasurer in Thalavadi
Dn. T. Anandhan Diaconal ministry in Washermenpet, Chennai
Dn. J. Arputha Raj Diaconal ministry in Kumbakonam & 1st Councilor, Local Administrator
Dn. M. Franklin Diaconal ministry in Sivagangai & Councilor and Treasurer in Yesuvanam
Dn. X. Leo Joseph Diaconal ministry in Mysore & Formator and Councilor in GPN community
Dn. A. Paul Francis Diaconal ministry in Cuddalore Sagayamatha Parish & Councilor in Cuddalore community & Educator in DGBH
Dn. A. Perianayagasamy Diaconal ministry in St. Antony the Hermit Church, Kallathupatti, Dindigul & Local Administrator
Dn. S. Sagayaraj Diaconal ministry in Thirumullaivoyal, Chennai
Dn. R. Shantham Diaconal ministry in Sacred Heart Parish, Vatluru & Councilor in Vatluru Community & Educator –GK
Dn. A. Jegan Patrick Madurai mission collaborator & Councilor in Yesuvanam- Sivagangai
Dn. R. Amalorpavanathan Formator and Treasurer in St. Joseph’s Seminary & Councilor in Cuddalore Community
Dn. A. Bakthiswalagan Formator in Philosophy & Novitiate and Councilor in GPN Community
Republic Day honors the date on which the Constitution of India came into force in 1950; replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India. It is one of three national holidays in India. The new constitution, as drafted and approved by the Constituent Assembly of India, was mandated to take effect on January 26, 1950–and India became a Republic.
Cuddalore – St. Joseph Seminary and Don Guanella Boys Home celebrated Indian Republic Day beginning in the morning with Mass to thank and remember all those who worked for the Freedom of India and formulated the constitution. After mass the Indian National Flag was hoisted by the President of local Lions Club. Then there was a Parade, Karate, Yoga and Human Pyramids exhibited by the seminarians and DGBH. As the crown of all the events, football match was conducted between the Higher Secondary Students of both the Seminary and Boys Home; the Seminary Students were the winners.
Bangalore – To remember the work of our ancestors, Republic day was celebrated at Guanella Preethi Nivas. Fr. Cyriac Malayil S.D.B, Dean of Philosophy at KJC presided over the Mass offered for our nation. After Mass he hoisted the National Flag and inspired the youngsters to be daring; take risks for good cause. Novices performed a patriotic song, Bro. Arun SdC, gave a thundering speech about the present situation in India. Bro. Sachin, the organizer, ended the celebration with a basketball match.
Chennai – The Republic Day celebration at Don Guanella Rehabilitation Center began with Morning Prayer reflecting the richness and limitations of India. The Holy Mass was celebrated by the superior, Fr. Ligory, in which he emphasized the importance of unity in diversity and human dignity. Followed by Mass, fathers, students of theology and DSMP sisters paid homage to the nation by hoisting the flag. There was a short presentation commemorating the importance of the Republic of India. Bro. Sunil in his message urged everyone to uphold Indian dignity which is rich in culture and spirituality. We shall be always positive, proud and grateful for our God given national identity as Indians. The celebration came to an end by singing the National Anthem.
Chennai – A Baby of joy and happiness was born in the lives of the special children of Don Guanella Rehabilitation Center on December 22nd. Along with the provincial superior, formators from various communities, Theology students, staff, students and their parents at DGRC celebrated Supposed Christmas. The crib decoration for the baby Jesus brought the mood of Christmas; making the exuberant children leap with joy. Fr. Soosai Rathinam celebrated the mass and gave a Christmas message of hope. After the Eucharistic feast the children presented a colorful, cultural program. Everyone stayed to enjoy the fellowship meal.
Chennai – On November 16th, Don Guanella Rehabilitation Center hosted ‘Sports Day’ for the differently-abled persons from the area. More than 300 disabled boys and girls participated in the many competitions designed to reveal the hidden talents of their innocent hearts. The Sports day brought harmony in the hearts of Good Children and fascinated all of us. The following week, the children of DGRC School participated in the Cultural Competitions at Jeeva Nadi, NGO. It was a joyful event to perform dances and showcase their precious talents. District level games were held on November 21st for the disabled children in Thiruvallur by the Tamil Nadu Government. Many of our children participated and swept the prizes; some have advanced to State Level Competition scheduled for December 3rd.
Chennai – The first Canonization Anniversary of St. Guanella is solemnly celebrated by Don Guanella Major Seminary along with the ‘good children’ of the Don Guanella Rehabilitation Center. The community had a spiritual preparation by TRIDUUM prayers involving, Guanellian sisters, lay-collaborators and the beneficiaries. On October 24th the feast was celebrated with High Mass presided by Rev. Fr. Soosai Rathinam. Many neighboring priests and women religious joined to thank the Lord and rejoice in Him with the Guanellians. Fr. Rathinam gave a short history of the Founder and explained that St. Guanella is a pro-life manand Father of the poor.The followers of Guanella continue his mission giving life to those who are distressed and troubled. The whole community was grateful to God for the abundant blessings throughout the past year and recommended their prayers for the growth of the congregation. The celebration came to an end with a joyful fellowship meal.
Chennai – The government schools of the Thiruvallur District celebrated “The Joy of Giving Week”. This “festival of philanthropy” aims to engage people through “acts of giving” – money, time, resources and skills – connecting the corporate, NGO and government sectors, schools, colleges and the general public. To raise awareness of disparities between the rich and poor, the visit of the mainstream school children from Bon Secours Middle School to the special school at Don Guanella Rehabilitation Center gave hope to those being served. The 9-12 year old visitors appeared a little nervous when they first met the ‘good children.’ Still, they carried small gifts in their tender hands to joyfully present to the special children of Don Guanella Special School. To their surprise no child opened the gift to see what was inside. They were happy to show the bright packages to the teachers, brothers and priests. The Director asked, “What you are going to give in return to these children who are smaller than you?” “We will offer song and dance!” they joyfully replied.