Cuddalore – “God will think of you, there is His providence that will help you. Yes, I love you, yes, I pray for you, and how I pray! Indeed I sacrifice my life for you…. I will not abandon you. I will pray for you in heaven, I will help you and comfort you from heaven. May you follow me! Follow me by carrying out this program. To pray and suffer! Prayer and suffering!”
It’s worth remembering the words and promise of our Founder on his death bed, as he continues to intercede for us; his sons and disciples. Celebrating the 100 years of our Founder in heaven is surely a moment of grace and providence for us, the Guanellians.
The Centenary Celebration of our Founder’s Birth in Heaven was inaugurated on October 22nd at St. Joseph’s Seminary. The Guanellian Family (Priest, Sisters, GLM, Cooperators), stood together in organizing this event. Most Rev. Dr. Neethi Nathan, the Bishop of Chengalpattu, solemnized the Eucharistic Celebration in the presence of Rev. Fr. Soosai Rathinam (Provincial Superior), Rev. Sr. Victoria William (Delegate Superior) and a good number of local clergy and religious who took part in the celebration.
At the end of the Eucharistic Celebration the Bishop released the one year plan of the Centenary Celebration. He also launched the online Television Channel Servants TV, a new initiative from the Guanellian Communication Center in Cuddalore.
Cuddalore – The inauguration of Don Guanella Special School was held on June 10th in the presence of Fr. Samson, Community Superior, Fr. Rajesh, Fr. Dominic Basker, Fr. S. A. Lourduraj and Bro. Rambabu. Fr. Samson hoisted the flag and gave an inspirational talk for the staff that will be providing the good children with much care and in some cases a certain degree of healing. To conclude the ceremony, Fr. S. A. Lourduraj presented the chief guest with a shawl. On June 25th, the inauguration was completed with a Eucharistic celebration. Rev. Fr. Soosai Rathinam, the Provincial Superior, presided over the Mass which was meaningfully celebrated for the understanding of the good children. The children were delighted by his words and he prayed for their personal intentions. Following mass, a fellowship meal was provided for the children and their parents.
Sivagangai – A solemn Eucharistic celebration welcoming seven brothers (three from Andhra Pradesh and four from Tamilnadu) into postulancy took place on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, June 15th in the Yesuvanam community. Fr. Soosai Rathinam, Vice Provincial, Fr. Paul Arockiaraj, Rector of the Minor Seminary in Cuddalore, and Fr. Thomas, the Spiritual Director, were the celebrants. During the Homily Fr. Soosai addressed the Postulants insisting that they learn to be meek and humble like Jesus and encouraging them to grow in spiritual, charismatic and human qualities. After the homily, Fr. Soosai presented each postulant with a Holy Cross as a sign of official entrance into postulancy. The celebration ended with a fellowship meal.
Vatluru – Before the new scholastic year in Andra Pradesh began, the Divine Providence Province made some personnel changes. On June 9th, Fr. Soosai Rathinam arrived to officially install community members into their new offices; Fr. Kulandai Samy as Superior, Fr. Charles as Vice-Superior, Fr. Peter as Treasurer and Formator of Guanella Bhavan, Fr. James as Vice-Parish Priest, Bro. Christuraj as Regent of Guanella Karunalaya and Bro. Abraham as Regent of Guanella Bhavan. Fr. Kuriakose, who served as Superior, was transferred to Thalavadi. The confreres were formally introduced to the faithful on June 10th, the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, by Fr. Soosai Rathinam during the Eucharistic celebration.