Bangalore – To celebrate the Centenary Birth of St. Louis Guanella in Heaven, the Indian confreres organized a four-day pilgrimage to Goa, to the place of St. Francis Xavier, acclaimed as “the Apostle of India.” As gift of his missionary work, God granted him an incorrupt body which is preserved in the Bom Jesus Basilica in Goa. St. Guanella himself was a great pilgrim who traveled to the Holy Land, Lourdes, Fatima, Pompeii and America. He presented pilgrimage as a model of spiritual practice to attain growth in the spiritual life and as a foretaste of our final pilgrimage to Heaven. Sixteen young Indian Guanellian priests made this special pilgrimage May 4-8th with the same sentiments of our Founder. They celebrated Mass at the main altar of the Basilica and prayed for the Congregation, the Divine Providence Province, the seminarians, beneficiaries, benefactors and the Guanellian Laity. They prayed especially that all Guanellians may be filled with the same missionary spirit of St. Francis Xavier and St. Louis Guanella.
Cuddalore -Sahaya Matha parishioners had a long desire to visit the holy place of St. Francis Xavier. On May 12th early in the morning the dream became reality when a group of parishioners arrived at Goa accompanied by their parish priests. What a spectacular moment to see the magnificent shrine of St. Francis Xavier. They were able to celebrate the Holy Eucharist at the Shrine for four days. They could hardly believe that their own mortal feet walked on the same sand which the great saint walked. The pilgrims were deeply moved by the works and life history of the ‘Great Apostle of the East,’ during a movie in the shrine theater. There was ample time to visit various shrines and beaches in Goa. The tour was meticulously arranged by the parish council members with the mutual support of the parish priests.