MYSORE – A long awaited celebration at the evening school took place on January 14th to encourage school going children who frequent Don Guanella Evening School in Harohalli. All the villagers and the panchayat leaders were invited for this simple New Year and Pongal celebration. The program began with a prayer song and followed by a variety of cultural and traditional amusements presented by the children. The celebration was really an opportunity for them to exhibit their talents. Parents were happy to see their kids performing dances, skits and singing. To encourage the children, gifts were distributed. Fathers were honored with a small gift for their service. The teachers who help the kids in their academic career were also honored. The Pongal feast ended with a dance performance by the brothers and evening school kids.
Vice General’s Visit
Mysore – Our vicar general Fr. Nico Rutigliano, SdC visited Preethiya Sevakaru Sunday, August 26th. The fathers and brothers welcomed him with a garland and honored him with a shawl. He celebrated Mass giving a reflective sermon and inviting everyone to change and respond to the call of God qualitatively. After Mass, Mysore residents, aspirants and fathers took Fr. Nico to visit historical places of the area. A cultural program was celebrated that evening in the residence.
Mysore – Don Guanella Evening School celebrated Independence Day on August 15th in Harohalli. The local Panchayat president and other councilors presided over the program. The children welcomed the gathering and honored the guests with flowers before presenting different types of programs like dancing and giving speeches about India and the freedom fighters. Brothers from Preethiya Sevakaru performed a dance for the national anthem. At the end of the program children were given cakes and sweets.
Vision and Mission
Mysore – Retreat reminds us to refresh ourselves. It was a time for all of us to wait and look to our past and gain strength for the future that God enfolds to us. On April 24th, the Philosophy students and Regency Brothers gathered for retreat at Preethiya Sevakaru. The five-day retreat, was led by Fr. Chandra Nevis, SdC. He enlightened us with his Biblical knowledge, use of current technology, and healing and popular devotions of our Founder. When the retreat ended, the brothers departed to their communities with faith filled hearts and strength. They also expressed their sincere thanks to Fr. Benson, Rector of the Minor Seminary, for his hospitality and support throughout the retreat
Well Begun Is Half Done
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.
A Picnic with Friends
Mysore – With great anticipation, the children and staff of Don Guanella Evening School went on a picnic March 22nd. They went to a zoo, a palace, St. Philomena’s Cathedral and Brindavanam Garden in Mysore. The children really enjoyed visiting these places and spent ample time sightseeing, dancing, singing and playing. It was a memorable day for the children and they all were very happy to have seen these places.
Annual Day Celebration
Mysore – The Annual Day Celebration on March 20th at Don Guanella Evening School was a joyful day for the children. About 45 children, the village presidents and the Guanellian priests and brothers were present. The children exhibited their talents through song, speech and comedy skits. They were given prizes for their academic excellence for the 2014-2015 year. This year the award for best student of the present academic year was inaugurated. Each child in the evening school program was given a book bag and the Annual Day celebration ended with tea and snacks.
Talents Revealed at English Academy
Mysore – The Preethiya Sevakaru formation house held English Academy on Jan 18th. Fr. Charles Pro, the rector of Kopaka Minor Seminary, adorned the occasion. Johnson and David Kumar delivered speeches on friendship and joint family. James presented a solo dance, while Charles exhibited his singing talent. The program was emceed by John Sagayaraj. In his presidential address Fr. Charles congratulated and encouraged the candidates and gave his choicest blessings.
Celebration of Children’s Day
Mysore – Don Guanella Evening School celebrated the Founder’s feast and Children’s Day together on November 12th. Fr. Assisi and the villagers were the special invitees for the event. St. Guanella’s life history was exhibited to the onlookers. The children displayed their talents through various cultural programs and prizes were distributed. Fr. Leo and some of the young seminarians organized the event.
March in Mysore
Mysore – Preethiya Sevakaru was busy and happily preparing to welcome Fr. Alfonso Crippa, Superior General. Fr. Crippa, Fr. Provincial Soosai and Fr. Gnanaraj, the Superior of GPN community arrived on March 3rd with a very solemn welcome. They had a good time meeting the Confreres and brothers. They were taken to see the newly purchased land and were pleased. A solemn Mass was celebrated by Fr. Crippa and the visit ended with a solemn dinner.
Nearly 40 children of the Don Guanella Evening School went on a picnic with the brothers and visited Chamundi Hills, Tipu Sultan Palace and Sangam Boat House. They all expressed their joy in sharing their meals, dances, songs and games.
“The harvest is plenty but the laborers are very few,” the words of our Lord Jesus took Fr. Leo Joseph and Bro. Johnson fishing for vocations in the diocese of Bellary 500 kms from Mysore. It was the first time the Priest and the people heard about the Servants of Charity. Some young students showed an interest in our seminary. The vocation drive was useful in gaining insight about the people.