Mysore – Tamil Nadu Biblical Catechetic Liturgical Center Releases a book each year on the life of a saint and this year they requested Guanella Communication Center to present the life of St. Louis Guanella. Fr. Provincial accepted the request and granted permission and financial aid for printing. This is a great opportunity to spread our founders life, mission and charism throughout Tamil Nadu into the hands of children; opening the gates for vocations to the congregation. Each of the 19 dioceses in Tamil Nadu will receive 500 copies for use in Vacation Bible School classes conducted during the month of May. Thanks to TNBCLC, Rev. Fr. Dellus in particular for proposing our Founder this year.
Mysore – The 67th Independence Day of India was celebrated with true patriotism; giving honor to the National Flag. Preethiya Sevakaru House, Harohalli, joyously celebrated the country’s independence with the evening school students. 90 children participated in the flag procession, oath ceremony and games. A girl named Sanjana delivered a wonderful freedom speech. The Servants of Charity priests and brothers distributed academic supplies, including notepads, books, pens, pencils, erasers, and bags, to all the children of the village. The village members must be commended for their co-operation and collaboration with the Guanellian Mission. The benefactors are also greatly appreciated for their generous contributions for the welfare of these children.
Mysore – ‘Preeethiya Sevakaru,’ the house for vocation discernment, has received 15 new candidates this year. Through trust in Divine Providence and the work of the confreres during May, candidates were found even in Raichur, Diocese of Bellary. The priests visited families of the brothers in Mysore as well as families of the new candidates. Best wishes to Fr. Louis Baskar as he departs for his new mission in Brazil after two years of valuable service at Preethiya Sevakaru. On June 10th an Evening School was launched at Jaipura. There are currently 40 children in the program.
Mysore – ‘How beautiful it is when brothers live in unity.’ An inter-congregational sports meet brought joy and happiness to the Preethiya Sevakaru campus; Salesian and Guanellian families met each other and shared feelings, played party-games, danced, and held a singing competition along with a fantastic meal. Salesian brothers are in their postulancy and our Guanellian brothers are in their initial stage of formation. It was a great opportunity to build the relationship between the two families. As our founder said, “the separation from Don Bosco was the greatest agony that I underwent, more than the death of my father.”
Mysore – The residents of Mysore jubilantly celebrated the first anniversary of St. Guanella’s Canonization on October 26th. The head of the local church, Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Antony Vazhaphilly, was the main celebrant; concelebrated by Fr. Paul Chandrankunnel, SAC, rector of Pallottine Theologate, and Fr. Visuvasam, the Superior of the community. Mass was celebrated in the Chapel of Prabhodhana during which the Local Ordinary highlighted the life and works of St. Guanella. It was an inspirational gathering for about 300 men and women religious. Following the Lord’s Supper, a delicious meal was served, bringing the spirited celebration to a close.
Mysore – The confreres have expanded their mission works by establishing a study center in a nearby village. On July 1st, the new Evening School was inaugurated in a place called Harohalli for 70 children. Fr. Louis Baskar is the animator of the Evening School. He has appointed one teacher for the program and the confreres participate by assisting the teacher.