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
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.
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.
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.
Mysore – Preethiya Sevakaru welcomed Frs. Joseph Rinaldo & Visuwasam the Provicial Treasurers of the Divine Providence Province with joy. Fr. Visuwasam celebrated Mass and Fr. Rinaldo preached a beautiful sermon which encouraged and motivated the brothers. At beginning of the month there was a quiz competition for the initiation brothers on the gospel of Mark. The brothers studied well and participated actively. The 2nd classical academy was recently conducted for the initiation brothers on the topic, “Major Evils in our country”. Fr. Ranjith SAC, a Pallotine priest, was invited as the chief guest for the academy; Ursaline sisters were also invited. Our brothers exhibited their talents through speeches, dances, songs and skits.
Mysore – Parents and the brothers of Preethiya Sevakaru gathered for a meeting on September 9th. The confreres of the house had a conference with the parents and the brothers. Fr. Ranjith, a Pallotine and good psychologist in parenting and counseling, was invited. He enlightened the parents with his presentation on ‘Parenting’. He also spoke of the role of parents in the formation of their sons to priesthood. He presided over Mass followed by a fellowship meal. The parents meeting came to end with tea and snacks. Special thanks to Fr. Visuwasam, the Provincial Economo, for paying a visit to the house.
Mysore – ‘Preethiya Sevakaru’, the house for vocation discernment, was excited to host Fr. Soosai Rathinam, Provincial Superior. He brought joy to the brothers with his inspiring words during Mass and the conference. The first academy for this year was presented on the topic, ‘Stress – Make it Easy’. Fr. Provincial was invited as the special guest. Three brothers shared their reflections based on the topic, and some brothers entertained the participants with song and dance. Fr. Soosai ended the academy with his presidential address.
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.