Cunnoor – Vocation promotion is an important ministry for any diocese or other religious Congregation. The TNBCLC Commission for Vocation, Clergy, Religious and Seminaries organized a two-day seminar at Cunnoor for Vocation Promoters of different dioceses and Congregations. There were about 140 participants who enjoyed the presentations for better Vocation Promotion. Fr. Maria Paulraj from Cuddalore represented our Congregation. Most Rev. Amalraj, Bishop of Ooty, the President of the Commission, expressed his thanks to the participants, and encouraged each one to continue to support the Commission. The speaker, Rev. Fr. Paulraj Michael, motivated the participants with his talk about the eight traits and seven habits of a vocation promoter. After the participants were divided into twelve groups, there was small group discussion regarding three questions concerning Vocation Promotion in the Bible, Planning and Action Program, and New Challenges of 21st Century. The meeting was followed by dinner and fellowship
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.