Seminarians Arrive in Rome

DPP Seminarians in Rome

DPP Seminarians in RomeRome, Italy:   During the first week of July four confreres from the Divine Providence Province (Fr. James Stanley Babu, Br. Jesu Arokia Doss, Br. Augustine Joseph Abraham, and Br. Bob Niemeyer) arrived at the Msgr. Michele Bacciarini International Theological Seminary, in Rome, to begin their Italian Language studies. They are learning to speak and write in Italian in order to prepare them for their upcoming studies in Rome.  Fr. James will be studying for his Licentiate, and the brothers will begin their first year of theology studies (classes will commence at the beginning of October.)

The four confreres were met (and given a hearty international welcome) by a houseful of Guanellian priests and theologians, hailing from all parts the congregation.  Later in the week, the brothers were joined by two other first year theologians (Brothers Giscard from Congo, and Achillus from Nigeria) from the Our Lady of Hope Delegation.

The brothers did not have a chance to experience jetlag, because they arrived at the beginning of a pilgrimage in Rome for young people who are discerning their vocations to either the priesthood and/or religious life, and the Guanellian seminarians were asked to participate in and to help with the pilgrimage (which lasted from Wednesday, July 4th until Sunday, July 7th). The days were full of activities, catechesis, and prayer.  The highpoints of the pilgrimage were when Pope Francis decided to join the pilgrimage and share his thoughts on vocation, and the closing Mass celebrated by Pope Francis.

After that event packed initiation, the brothers began their Intense Italian Language Program, at the Urbaniana Pontifical University (which is the former seat of the Propaganda Fidei).  The classes lasted from 8:30AM-12:00PM (Monday thru Friday) for the month of July.  Each of the brothers did well in the course.

Towards the end of the month, the confreres from the Divine Providence Province were overjoyed to meet, visit, and share a meal with the members of the Divine Providence  Provincial Council (Fr. Soosai, Fr. Kulandai, Fr. Visu, Fr. Charlton, and Fr. Dennis), as well as Fr. Joseph, the provincial treasurer.

Fr. James and the brothers are looking forward to the opportunity given by Fr. Allesandro Allegra (the rector of the seminary) to stay one month in a Guanellian house in Perugia, Italy (close to Assisi).  During this time they will begin the next level of Italian Language studies At the University for Foreigners, in Perugia.

The four confreres feel blessed and are grateful to God for the wonderful opportunities that Divine Providence has bestowed upon them.


A Word of Gratitude and a Plead for Prayer

As I am about to leave the Philippines for Rome to start the new assignment that I received at the end of the Chapter, I take this opportunity to once again thank all the confreres, seminarians, sisters, Collaborators and staff who have expressed to me their fraternal support, wishes and prayers. Reserving another moment for expressing more specifically my feelings and gratitude, I kindly ask everyone for more prayers so that I may be able to continue to offer my humble contribution in the service of the Lord, of the Congregation and of our beautiful mission among the poor.  May we all continue to support and encourage one another in growing in the genuine spirit of St. Louis Guanella, our father, founder and model. May our Mother of Divine Providence protect and guide us along the journey, sustaining our joyful perseverance until the end.


Diaconate ordination is conferred upon an Indian confrere of the Servants of Charity

Diaconate ordination is conferred upon an Indian confrere of the Servants of CharityWe rejoice and give thanks to the Lord for the recent perpetual profession and diaconate ordinations of our confreres Bakthis and Amalor in Rome April 21-22. Our province feels enriched and blessed by this addition of new servants in the field of the Guanellian ministry inserted in the Church mission toward New Evangelization. To our confreres our prayerful wishes to faithfully and joyfully live their vocations remembering that our title is Servants and our motto is “In omnibus caritas.”