Mysore – With the blessings of the Merciful Father and St. Louis Guanella, Preethiya Sevakaru Evening School was officially inaugurated for the 2016-17 school year on August 5th. The program began with fifty-eight excited children gathered. They enjoyed the simple benevolence of the Guanellian family. Miss Shilpa and Mr. Nagendra, teachers of the evening school, along with the brothers, prepared the children for the celebration. The children exhibited their talents through dancing, singing and skits. The village officials were present to honor and encourage the children by their presence. After the simple introduction the meeting was arranged to plan the new academic year focusing on behavior, studies, health and extracurricular activities. Study materials were given to the children and after a simple snack and prayer the gathering dispersed with the promise of a better future.
Sivaganagai – On Sunday evening May 11th little roses blossomed around Yesuvanam. Don Guanella Evening School children came to celebrate ‘Annual Day’ at Yesuvanam. Hymns were sung by the teachers invoking the Holy Spirit by their melodious voices. Fr. Kulandaisamy, superior of the Yesuvanam community, presided over the event. Two generous benefactors were the chief guests. Children performed amazing cultural programs to showcase their talents. The winners were honored by the chief guests and given prizes. Fr. Kulandaisamy encouraged the children to become a good members of the society and to grow spiritually, intellectually, physically, and psychologically. A final blessing was given by the superior followed by supper and an open dance.
Chennai – On October 23rd, the Evening School children and staff were invited by the DGMS Community to participate in the final day of the Triduum of reflection on the life of St. Guanella. The service, organized by 3rd year brothers, began with an opening prayer led by Fr. Rajesh. The children were encouraged to read and recite the antiphons and prayers of the Breviary to get more involved in evening prayer. Bro. Arockiaraj revealed the life situation of our Founder to the children, who cleverly responded to the questions he asked. After the prayer service, the children enjoyed tea and snacks and were accompanied home by Bro. Deva and staff.