Bangalore – The elderly of the aged home organized a novena for the Nativity of Mother Mary with intention of praying for the construction of a new facility. Every day as a family they gathered, recited the Rosary and offered special prayers for the same intention. Some of the lay cooperators also participated. At the culmination, the feast was celebrated on September 9th. Mother Mary processed around the campus in a decorated car, blessed by Fr. Soosai Rathinam, Provincial Superior. It was vivifying to see the Guanellian family walking along with Mary, praying the Rosary. As recommended by Pope Francis, they also prayed for peace in the world, especially in Syria. The procession ended at the chapel for Benediction, in which all received the blessings of the Lord. The elderly continue to pray for the dying in the Wednesday Mass and during the daily Rosary. Prayer intentions are welcome.
Chennai – The Vocation Promotion Desk sponsored a one-day Seminar to support vocation promoters at Don Guanella Major Seminary on September 5th. Fr. Soosai Rathinam, the Provincial Superior, the event coordinators, and Guanellian Sisters participated. Fr. Soosai opened the session by lighting the kuthuvilakku and presented his theme, “The Necessity and Requisiteness of the Guanellian Vocation”. The second talk was on “The Theology of Vocation”, in which Fr. Deva SdB, concentrated on the call of God and purpose of vocation. The third talk was “The Uniqueness and Relevance of the Guanellian Vocation” by Sr. Mary Victoria Arul Swamy DSMP, she equated a Guanellian Vocation to the Good Samaritan. For the last talk, Fr. Arokiyadoss SdB spoke about the practical aspects of religious vocation; showing witness with our very lives and the call to spread the value of Jesus Christ. Fr. Rajesh, the Vice Rector of DGMS, led a meaningful group discussion. Finally, Fr. C. Lourduraj, Vocation Promoter and Youth Director, thanked all participants for their support and collaboration in the successful meeting.