Indian Clericus Cup

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Chennai – In view of celebrating the centenary of the death of our Founder, St. Guanella, Don Guanella Major Seminary hosted a Basketball tournament September 17-18th. The prime reason was to make known his charism and foster relationships with the neighboring communities during this year dedicated to the Bond of Charity. Eight teams participated; including Sacred Heart Seminary, Salesian Theologate (Kavarapettai), MMI Theologate, CMI Fathers, Blessed Sacrament Fathers, Holy Spirit Fathers, FOD and Guanellians. The opening ceremony began with prayer and song to St. Guanella in the presence of Fr. Samson, local superior, and the community. At the end, Guanellians met the MMI Theologate in the final and won the trophy. The community dedicated the trophy to all Guanellians worldwide (Fathers, Brothers, Sisters, Benefactors, GLM and Beneficiaries) who are eagerly preparing themselves to celebrate this great event. Mr. Seenu, the local ward member, Fr. M. I Raja (Blessed Sacrament) and Fr. Julian from Kumbakonam diocese were the invitees for the closing ceremony, and they encouraged the players to continue the good relationship and distributed the prizes and cup to the winners.

DGMS on a Mission

Chennai РIn order to gain pastoral experience from the theological Seminary, Don Guanella Major Seminary brothers went to the rural villages of Tamil Nadu for camp. Theology students had one week and the first year students had ten days of exposure guided by the professors of Sacred Heart Seminary, Poonamalle. They went to villages like Aarambakkam, Naidukuppam and Thandalam to make a social, cultural and economic analysis of marginalized people. Theology Students were entrusted with pastoral care led and organized in accordance with the Basic Christian Communities. They were sent to various parishes in the Vellore Diocese and exposed to the realities of alternative ministries like cancer institute, tribal welfare institute, prison ministry, refugee camp; experiencing the struggles and daily problems of the people. These situations made theology not only an academic subject but a personal encounter with Christ.