Bangalore – On May 31st, the feast of “The Visitation of Mother Mary,” the anniversary when our Founder celebrated his first Holy Mass in 1866, six of our Novices successfully completed their novitiate and made their first Religious profession, saying ‘yes’ to the call of the Lord ‘to be His witnesses’. The Brothers looked like angels in their Cassocks. The Congregation and especially Fr. Adaikalam, who led the Brothers throughout the year of Novitiate giving them the experience of the Institute and forming them to be beautiful Flowers offered to God. Bro. At Guanella Preethi Nivas holy Mass was celebrated by Fr. Soosai Rathinam. His Councilors Fr. Kulandai and Fr. Visuvasam; Superior and Rector of GPN, Fr. Gnanaraj; Novice Master, Fr. Adaikalam and other Guanellian Fathers concelebrated. During his homily, Fr. Rathinam told the Brothers they must always look forward to the driving force in the religious life and walk toward the destined end. He added, during the time of St. Guanella, they did not have big celebrations, in fact he recalled how after the good children fell asleep they quietly made their vows. The parents of the brothers were acknowledged and thanked by Fr. Rathinam for having encouraged their children to say ‘yes’ to the Divine call. The Community was vibrant with joy and happiness to have this celebration and welcoming the new precious gifts.
Manila – On May 31st, Feast of the Visitation of Mary, two novices made their First Religious Profession to the Congregation. In the presence of the Superior General, Fr. Alfonso Crippa, Fr. Luigi De Giambattista, General Councilor, and all the confreres present for the Annual Assembly of Philippines and Vietnam, the two new confreres, Adornaldo Jacob of Albay and Alfie Matulac of Negros Occidental pronounced their commitment to the Lord and the Church the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience for a year.
As these young men offer their lives to the Lord and to the poor as Servants of Charity, we accompany them with our prayers; that they may continue to see the beauty of the vocation that they have chosen and persevere in God’s goodness and grace.