Cuddalore – The Guanellian Charism School of the Divine Providence Province for 2017 was held at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Samupillai Nagar, April 3–7th. The theme of the year is “Come, Let Us Go to the Roots.” The school was inaugurated with the prayer service conducted by the minor seminarians. Thereafter the purpose and objectives of the Guanellian Study Centre and charism school was narrated and explained. It is mainly to “Know the Founder,” to “Preserve the Guanellian Tradition” and to “Live the Spirit and Charism” in our context today. The major themes that were discussed in the charism school dealt with the death of Don Guanella, Mother Marcellina Bosatta and the DSMP’s, Ven. Aurelio Bacciarini, the successors of Don Guanella and the Guanellian Mission, and the Process of Beatification and Canonization of St. Guanella. On the last day of the Charism school, there was a day of Lenten pilgrimage to our Lady of Lourdes Shrine and leisure program in the amusement park at Villiyanur, Pondicherry.
The Charism School was a memorable one for all the participants of the Province. It was an enriching program for all the young Guanellians to educate themselves deeply with the spirit of our Founder. It enabled every individual to renew and revitalize their Guanellian commitment and consecration. Finally, our thanks to the Provincial Superior and his Council for their efforts at equipping the Province with Guanellian enlightenment.
Cuddalore – March 6th was a special day for the children from St. Joseph’s Evening School. To close the Academic Year they had a grand valedictory function with many events: skill development competitions, prize distributions, culturals and dinner. The celebration was headed by Fr. Visuwasam, and Fr. Assisi. The students were very happy and felt at home in the Guanellian atmosphere. To keep improving the evening school program, an assessment of this Academic Year and its objectives was conducted. With its guidance there were some concrete proposals and suggestions to implement in the coming years.
Bangalore – We are products of our childhood experiences and knowledge, and any deep childhood negative experience affects our growth and everyday lifestyle. It is possible to be healed by means of psychological therapies. Six of the novices attended an eight-day Inner Healing session conducted by Sr. Mary Lyn, an experienced and renowned therapist. She instructed the novices about how negative, unpleasant experiences can bring psychic wounds to an individual. One’s personality, thinking pattern and character is formed by past experiences. She facilitated the novices to share their own stories confidently and dealt with them in a group. Everyone’s sharing brought understanding to the other with more love and clarity. Several exercises and workshops were held to deal with different issues experienced by individuals. This session created self-awareness and self-confidence; along with a healing of hurts, forgiveness and a newness of self. Submitting oneself to God in prayer helped the novices to embrace their past with optimism and gratitude. The novices felt an ultimate change in their disposition towards their companions. There was also individual therapy conducted for those who were in need. The professional and affectionate personality of the therapist added color and vigor to the fruitfulness of the sessions.
Cuddalore – Skillful communication is a gift from God that graces the act of announcing His loving message effectively. To excel in the fluency of communication, the young scholastics from St. Joseph’s seminary created several programs for developing their oratory skills. This included competition on seminar presentation, extempore, Gospel sharing, essay writing and a mini-parliament on current events. The seminarians were shuffled in different groups, and guided to demonstrate their talents. In every case, the brothers provided stunning performances resulting in the audience being wonder struck. It was a beautiful moment of learning for all.
Cuddalore – Until there are no longer poor and neglected to be assisted there is no end to our Charity. In view of actualizing this holy statement of our Founder, the Cuddalore Guanellian community has happily started Guanella oratory for the poor slum children around the house. It was inaugurated on March 19th, the feast day of St. Joseph, who is also the foster father of all poor and abandoned children. The objective of the oratory is “Intelligence and Morality”. Around 40 children were present at the inauguration. It was a blessed moment for all of us to sense the ministry of Jesus met through the footsteps of St. Louis Guanella and his servants.
Cuddalore – The students of St. Joseph’s Evening School went on a day long picnic and excursion to Pondicherry. This educational picnic equipped the children with knowledge on different educational dimensions. It helped them discover ways to develop their fraternity, friendship and more over to relax and refresh themselves from crushing works from school, tasks of tuition, and other miscellaneous obligations. Thanks to ASCI group for their care and concern for these poor faces of Jesus.
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.
E. Providence – Catholic Schools Week was a fun-filled week at Sacred Heart School. We had Crazy Hair Day, Pajama Day, Principal, Teacher, & Pastor Appreciation Days, and ended the week with a Mass celebrated by our Principal, Fr. Peter. One of the highlights of the week was a volleyball game where the Faculty/Staff/PTO plays the 8th grade. It was a close game but the 8th graders won!
Manila– Consecrated men and women are God’s gift to the Church. On February 26th the Juniors- Seminarians Forum; an organization of simple professed religious in the Philippines, conducted its 31st anniversary at San Sebastian College Recoletos in Manila. As part of the local church, the Guanellian professed brothers and Fr. Battista, SdC attended this event. The assembly gave a chance for every participant to encounter various religious congregations present in the Philippines. More than two hundred temporarily professed religious showed their support and vibrant participation.
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.