Chelsea – On Saturday October 27th, Fr. Fortunato Turati received a high honor from the 4th Degree of the Michigan Knights of Columbus. He was named the “Class Honoree” of the 64th Exemplification Class of Michigan District 2, made up of 4th Degree members of the Lansing and Kalamazoo Dioceses. The 4th Degree is the Patriotic arm of the Knights, and provides members for the Color Corps, while an exemplification is the installation ceremony for members of the 4th Degree. Nearly 50 new members were recruited for this event; all to honor Fr. Fortunato. Fr. Fortunato has served for many years as the Faithful Friar of Cardinal O’Hara Assembly #0489 made up of the twelve K of C councils that serve in Washtenaw County. Following the exemplification ceremony, Fr. Fortunato was the guest of honor and keynote speaker of the banquet luncheon held in the parish hall of St. Andrew Parish in Saline, MI. In his address, he spoke of the importance of keeping families together in this secular world, and to evangelize the living presence of Jesus in our lives.
Chennai – The first Canonization Anniversary of St. Guanella is solemnly celebrated by Don Guanella Major Seminary along with the ‘good children’ of the Don Guanella Rehabilitation Center. The community had a spiritual preparation by TRIDUUM prayers involving, Guanellian sisters, lay-collaborators and the beneficiaries. On October 24th the feast was celebrated with High Mass presided by Rev. Fr. Soosai Rathinam. Many neighboring priests and women religious joined to thank the Lord and rejoice in Him with the Guanellians. Fr. Rathinam gave a short history of the Founder and explained that St. Guanella is a pro-life manand Father of the poor.The followers of Guanella continue his mission giving life to those who are distressed and troubled. The whole community was grateful to God for the abundant blessings throughout the past year and recommended their prayers for the growth of the congregation. The celebration came to an end with a joyful fellowship meal.
Madurai – Fr. Lawrence, in collaboration with Deacon Jegan and Regent Arockiadoss, organized a ten-day work exposure camp for Postulants on the Madurai land. From October 9th-18th the Postulants were literally exposed to field work to learn that Guanellians are not only good at looking after the special children but also setting examples to them and the world; showing them that Guanellians are hard workers. It was a fruitful experience for them to remember that St. Guanella said, “Work, Work, Work until you reach heaven.” Through this exposure camp Postulants were able to understand the importance of manual work to their religious life.
Dear Confreres, Sisters, Guanellian Cooperators, Friends and Benefactors,
Following the Superior General’s instructions, I will gladly communicate the names of the confreres who are called to lead and animate the Divine Providence Province in the next triennium.
The composition of the new provincial council has taken into consideration the proposals of the two consultations, as well as the availability of the confreres to take up the difficult responsibility entrusted to them according to our constitutions.
To Fr. Soosai Rathinam, the new Provincial Superior and his councilors, Fr. Charlton Viray, Fr. Visuwasam P., Fr. Dennis Weber and Fr. Kulandaisami A., go our warm wishes and assurance of our prayers for a fruitful ministry at the service of our Province, of the fraternal communion of all its members and of the beautiful mission entrusted by the Spirit to our Founder and his religious families.
It is certainly a providential and meaningful coincidence that this renewal of leadership in the life of the Divine Providence Province takes place during the solemnity of All Saints. Among them, the shining example of Saint Louis Guanella, whose canonization’s first anniversary we have just celebrated, is urging us to aim high and heed the call of today’s Church to take seriously and courageously our vocation to holiness.
We are convinced that the New Evangelization begins in our personal life and in our communities. Allow me to ask you to gather, in the next few days, around the altar of the Lord to celebrate the Eucharist and an hour of adoration, in thanksgiving for all the graces we have received and for generous vocations to the priesthood and religious life to our Congregation.
I would like to quote, in closing, the Synod of Bishops’ message to all the believers in the Gospel.
“With humility we recognize that the poverty and witness of Jesus’ disciples, especially of his ministry, weigh on the credibility of the mission. We are however also convinced that the Lord’s spirit is capable of renewing his Church and rendering her garments resplendent, if we let Him mold us. It is our duty therefore to conquer fear through faith, discouragement through hope, indifference through love.” (Message of XIII Synod of Bishop, October 26, 2012).
Fr. Luigi De Giambattista, SdC
New Provincial Council Members
Fr. Soosai Rathinam A., Provincial Superior
Fr. Charlton Viray, First Councilor and Vicar
Fr. Visuwasam P. Second Councilor
Fr. Dennis Weber, Third Councilor
Fr. Kulandaisamy A., Fourth Councilor
Grass Lake – On September 15, 2012 8 members of American Heritage Girls (AHG) Troop 3498 and their parents placed flags at the Shrine of St. Joseph as a way of participating in AHG’s first National Day of Service. Kathy Mars, a member of the Pious Union, wanted to get involved with the Right to Life flag display as part of the tenth ’40 Days for Life’ Campaign so she invited AHG to help. 400 pink and blue flags were placed before the Blessed Mother’s Grotto as a symbol of the 52 million babies who have lost their ‘right to life’ since Roe V. Wade was passed in 1973. Also during the ’40 Days’ Campaign there is a baby shower drive taking place in the shrine for people to donate baby items for a local crisis pregnancy center. Part of the AHG troop will also be praying the rosary weekly outside of Planned Parenthood in Jackson. It is appropriate to note the fact that September 15th is also the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. After the flags were in place, Annie Lavergne, Troop Coordinator, distributed information about the upcoming events for the local 40 Days for Life Campaign. They prayed together and shared some refreshments.
After a difficult search to find a host, AHG Troop 3498 was formed in 2005 at the Pious Union of St. Joseph in Grass Lake. It was the third troop in the state of Michigan and has been growing strong ever since. According to Annie Lavergne two other troops have grown out of Troop 3498. The First Church of the Nazarene in Jackson, MI is now home for Troop 3489 and the second will be at St. Joseph in Jackson. Their troop is in the final stages of formation and a troop number will be issued soon.
Founded in 1995 in West Chester OH, AHG is a Christian alternative to the Girl Scouts. In the 16 short years since its inception, AHG boasts 18,000 members and has expanded to 45 states and four countries. You can learn more about them by visiting their website: ahgonline.org
“Good experience is the best teacher.”
Shivajinagar – After the first trimester, the philosophy brothers went to the Shivajinagar Basilica for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is one of the famous shrines in Bangalore. The brothers rendered their service for ten days in distributing communion, booking Masses, and helping out in the shop selling religious items. These days of experience made the brothers inherit many good values for their spiritual journey and personal life. The Guanellian presence at the Basilica was welcomed and appreciated by all; inviting many devotees of Mother Mary to inquire about the Charism and Mission of our Congregation. Even the elderly from the aged home and novices made a one day pilgrimage to the Basilica to receive the blessings of our Mother.
Bangalore – GPN community welcomed the newly ordained Priests, Fr. Kanikkai and Fr. John Peter. To congratulate them, a grand Mass was celebrated in the evening by Fr. John Peter. A profound and thoughtful homily was given by Fr. Kanikkai. He shared their life journey towards priesthood, enlightening the mind and hearts of all. He ended his homily by saying “abide in him and bear much fruit.” After Mass, a meal was shared and a program presented. Felicitation, dances and songs were offered to the new priests binging joy and harmony to the gathering. Our sisters, Sr. Petci and Sr. Shanthi, and the lay people joined in this festival. The program ended with a blessing by Fr. John Peter.
Manila – The feast day of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary is commemorated on September 8th. This year the Servants of Charity celebrated with a Solemn Mass and the First Holy Communion of seven special children from the Guanella Center and three others from the neighboring community. The Sacraments were led by both the local and provincial superiors, Fr. Charlton Viray, SdC, and Fr. Luigi de Giambattista , SdC. Fr. Dong Cerbito, SdC was also present to concelebrate and support the neighboring participants.
One of the parents said, “I am thankful that there is a community that offers the Holy Eucharist without so many eyes that stare….somehow we feel at home, as if we belong to this community”….We would like to thank the Blessed Mother for giving Jesus to us, through her obedience and participation in God’s plan of salvation. Thank you Mama Mary for always directing us to your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Saigon – The Servants of Charity have rooted and are sprouting in Vietnam; three new students have joined this year. Their names are Quoc, Tong and Hoang. They have already graduated from university. They heard about the Servants of Charity through other religious congregations and approached us. Fr. Felicks and Fr. Jerin visited their families and their parish priests. The new students were welcomed and initiated on September 1st during the Holy Eucharist by Fr. Felicks, the resident in-charge. They are now going to the pastoral center at Ba Chuong Church (Dominicans) to learn the ‘Catechism of the Catholic Church’ in the Vietnamese language. God is blessing our congregation in Vietnam by providing us new branches to bear witness to Him through our mission of charity.