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STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART OF BRO. WINNER

Initially I pen down my words thanking all confreres in south east India province for the wishes and prayers for the memorable voyage. On 28.12.2017 the mission team landed in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Frs. Provincial, Kanikkai, the Councilor in-charge of Mission, Soosai Raj and I made a trip to some of the mission stations of east Africa province. On 30.12.2017 I reached ipuli, Tabora region where I began my regency. The school with hostel facility for girls and boys is ranked 67 th in the country and ranked no.1 in Tabora Region.

My experience in Africa is quite limited but good natured and satisfying. I am well taken care off by our fathers here. It appears to me that Africa is far off from our prejudices and preconceived ideas. My experience is very positive with regards to Africa. The place of activity, facilities especially the medical care between India and Africa remain to some extent the same. The land is very fertile. Agriculture is their main industry generally combined with cattle raising. I acquire my pastoral experience by going to the substations for the mass along with the fathers. I have witnessed people are very generous and cooperative concerning the church matters. They are very respectful towards the priests and religious.

Although church is very strong in Africa, it faces the sad affair of lack of priests. It stands as an advantage for various denominations and Muslims which is a serious threat and challenge to the church. Evangelization is still in progress. If we are able to work on this particular aspect, there is a possibility of greater success in our ministry.

VOICE OF REV. FR. S. SOOSAI RAJ

Mission Malawi is a new born child of our province. Indeed I am happy to write my impression as I have been living here in Tanzania for a few months. The first captivating scenario is that everywhere it is very green and the people are innocent and good. They give more importance to the spiritual activities and God takes the first place in the life of the people. They are simple and not very complicated in their approach. Generally, they are hard working. Another encouraging aspect we see is that they give importance to education; children march towards the school in the early hour of the day carrying bag, water, broom and even firewood. Tanzania as a country is fast
growing in all the sectors.

People of Malawi are generally very warm and hospitable. The geographical scenario is that it comprises of valley, hill and plain land. Agriculture is one of the main occupations of the people. As we were going around the place, we were fascinated by the captivating nature. The economical situation of the people is rapidly growing and people work hard to maintain a good living. When we reached Karonga (the diocese where we are going to take up mission), the bishop cordially welcomed us coming up to the car. The priests are quite hospitable and since they are only few, they are kept busy by dong different kind of ministry in the diocese. We see
them committed and a homily atmosphere prevails in the diocese.

As a whole, it was an inspiring experience to visit the mission Malawi and there is a lot of opportunity to continue the mission of the Lord in this country.

ORDINATION TO PRIESTHOOD

1. DN. C. BERIN

Dn. C. Berin, Msfs hails from Puthoor, Kanyakumari (DT), Tamil Nadu. His parents are Mr. S. Charles and Mrs. Rosemary. He has one elder sister and one younger brother. He had his primary school at St. Lucy School Puthoor and high schooling at Dewasam Higher Secondary School Mondaikadu. He began his Minor Seminary Formation at S.F.S. Minor Seminary, Pudukkottai in 2005 and had his Novitiate at Salesianum, Visakhapatnam. He made his First Profession on 10th June, 2009. He pursued his Philosophical and B.A. studies at Suvidya College, Bangalore.

 

He did his Regency at Don Bosco School at Silapathar and Christ the king form at Vayalogam. He did his theology at Vijnananilayam, Eluru. He was ordained a deacon by his Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Jayarao Polimera, the Bishop of Eluru, on 24th January 2017. He will be ordained a priest by his Lordship, Most Rev. Dr. Nazerine Soosai, DD., the Bishop of Kottar at St. Lucial Church, Puthoor, on 10th April, 2018.

2. DN. B. PHILOMINRAJ

Dn. B. Philominraj, Msfs hails from Managiri, Sivagangai (DT), and Tamil Nadu. His parents are Mr. A. Britto and Mrs. Jayarani. He has one younger brother. He had his primary school at Thalakkavoor and high schooling at Somasundharam Chettiyar Higher Secondary School at Okkur. He began his Minor Seminary Formation at S.F.S. Minor Seminary, Pudukkottai in 2007 and had his Novitiate at Salesianum, Visakhapatnam. He made his First Profession on 10th June, 2010. He pursued his Philosophical and B.A. studies at Suvidya College, Bangalore.

He did his Regency at SFS ITI, Pudukkottai, and theology at Oriens Theological College, Shillong. He was ordained a deacon by his Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Dominic Jala, the Archbishop of Shillong at St. Dominic Savio Church, on 17th June, 2017. He will be ordained a priest by his Lordship, Most Rev. Dr. J. Susaimanickam, D.D., S.T.D. Bishop of Sivagangai at Managiri at Arockia Annai Church, on 14th April, 2018.

3. DN. D. NELSON AROCKIASAMY

Dn. D. Nelson Arockiasamy Msfs hails from Kazhuguppulikkadu, Thanjavur (DT), Tamil Nadu. His parents are Mr. S. Duraisingam and Mrs. Sahaya Mary. He has two younger brothers. He had his primary and high school at Kazhuguppulikkadu government school. He began his Minor Seminary Formation at S.F.S. Minor Seminary, Pudukkottai in 2006 and had his Novitiate at Salesianum, Visakhapatnam. He made his First Profession on 10th June, 2010. He pursued his Philosophical studies at Suvidya College, and B.A. studies at S.F.S. College, Bangalore.

He did his Regency at Msfs provincial house Kunnathur and theology at Oriens Theological College, Shillong. He was ordained a deacon by his Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Dominic Jala, the Archbishop of Shillong Archdiocese, on 17th June, 2017. He will be ordained a priest by his Lordship, Most Rev. Dr. Susaimanickam the Bishop of Sivagangai, at Holy Redeemer church (Pattukkottai Parish) on 19th April, 2018.

4. DN. S. AROCKIA DOSS

Dn. S. Arockia Doss, MSFS hails from Irudayampattu, Villupuram (DT), Tamil Nadu. His parents are Mr. S. Sadhanandham and Mrs. Rackel Mary. He has three elder sisters. He had his primary school at R.C. Middle School and high schooling at St. Vinarasi High School at Irudayampattu. He began his Minor Seminary Formation at S.F.S. Minor Seminary, Pudukkottai in 2004 and had his Novitiate at Salesianum, Visakhapatnam. He made his First Profession on 10th June, 2008. He pursued his Philosophical and B.A. studies at Suvidya College, Bangalore.

He did his Regency at S.F.S. Minor Seminary, Pudukkottai, and completed M.A. in Philosophy at Suvidya College, Bangalore, and theological studies at JDV, Pune. He was conferred the Sacred Order of Diaconate by His Lordship, Rt. Rev. Dr. Ambrose Rebello, the Bishop of Aurangabad at Fransalian Seminary, Pune, on 28th January, 2017. He will be ordained a priest by his Lordship, Most Rev. Dr. S. Singaroyan, D.D., the Bishop of Salem at Our Lady the Queen of Heaven Church, Irudayampattu on 24th May, 2018.

NEW BOOK IN FRENCH: VENEZ À LA MAISON DU PÈRE (COMING HOME TO THE FATHER)

My brothers, I am glad to inform you that my book “Gospel Meditation for Lent – Coming Home to the Father” is translated into French by Fr. Claude Morrel, Msfs and the Franco-Swiss province took up the responsibility to publish the book in honor of 450th birth anniversary of our patron St. Francis de Sales. It was published in the first week of Lent and the book was sold with great success. Everybody loved the book and appreciated it as Lenten treasure. Fr. Morrel told me that one of his friends told him that the book is a real gift and it consists of relevant stories, deep theological meaning and inspiring biblical explanation. Fr. Morrel himself was very happy about the book and its success. At this moment, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Most Rev. Yves BOIVINEAU, the bishop of Annecy who gave an inspiring promotional message for the book. I also would like to thank Fr. Yves Carron, Msfs the provincial of Franco-Swiss province for his love, support and encouragement. As provincial, he was very much supportive, kind and helpful from the beginning. So I express my sincere thanks to him for everything that he did to make the release of the book possible.

I truly express my gratitude to Fr. Morrel, Msfs for his hard work and dedication in translating the book. Despite his physical ill health, he had spent many hours and worked tirelessly to translate the book from English to French. The book in French is the fruit of the hard work of Fr, Morrel. I sincerely thank him and may God bless him with many more years of good health. I thank in a special way Fr. Martin Richard, Msfs who was very generous and kind enough to distribute the books to various parishes for promotion. I sincerely thank all our MSFS fathers belonging to Franco-Swiss province for their loving generosity to promote the books in their parishes. From what I heard, the book was a great success and the people loved to use it as a helpful resource for their Lenten journey.

Fr. A. Santhiyagu

 ANNUAL DAY CELEBRATION AT SFS SCHOOL, VIRUDHUNAGAR ON 27TH JANUARY 2018

St Francis De Sales Matric Hr Sec School at Virudhunagar celebrated its Annual day on Saturday 27th January 2018 with pomp and gaiety. It was indeed a great evening for the management, staff and students. The district collector of Virudhunagar Mr. A. Sivagnanam IAS was the chief guest and Very Rev. Fr. K. Ignacimuthu, Msfs the Provincial Superior of South East India Province was the guest of honor. The presence of many Msfs confreres and the diocesan clergy and many of the religious sisters added joy and graciousness to the function. A large number of parents and teachers gathered in the school well on time to receive the guests. All the guests were accorded warm welcome and were led to the stage by the school band. The chief guest planted saplings in the school ground as a sign of creating “go green “consciousness in the school atmosphere. After the welcome song, the Principal gladly welcomed the chief guest and the guest of honor.

The chief guest in his address said that the school annual day is a platform for all the students to exhibit their talents and for the parents a time of observation and appreciation of their children. The Chief Guest was requested to honour the teachers, who served the institution in the past year without absenting themselves. Then the result of group activities was announced and Green group was declared as the winner of the year and the Yellow group was declared as runner up. Chief Guest addressed the gathering with his eloquence and he appreciated the school for its academic excellence and widespread chances offered to the students in the school. Proficiency certificates and prizes were distributed by the collector.  He appreciated the school for its tremendous efforts for the children in his speech.

The guest of honour Rev. Fr. K. Ignacimuthu distributed the certificates and medals to the students, who attended the school without absenting themselves in the past year. In his speech, he reiterated the importance of discipline, other than the result and mark oriented examination. Rev. Fr. Michael, the correspondent proposed the vote of thanks. Thus the program ended with the national anthem at 08.45 PM.

Fr. A. Michael

ANNUAL GATHERING OF THE DELEGATION OF SOUTH EAST INDIA PROVINCE IN GAH – IN FÜRSTENZELL, GERMANY –2018

The Annual Meeting of our Delegation in GAH (Germany, Austria and Holland) took place for three days from 21st to 23rd January 2018. It was hosted by Fr. Amalraj at Fürstenzell, in the diocese of Passau. Sixteen of our Confreres took part in it and spent time in prayer and discussion. During the main session, the local superiors Frs. Jerry and Victor gave a short report of the activities of their communities, and the confreres shared their life experience in their respective places of ministry.

The subsequent discussion was centred on our life in and contribution to the Province. Fr. S. Joseph, the Bursar of the Delegation presented the financial report of the year 2017. The culmination of the day was the festive, intercultural Eucharistic Celebration in honour of our Patron St. Francis de Sales, in which about 22 priests and a hundred parishioners participated. At the Mass, Fr. Amalraj was installed as the Coordinator of all our Delegations in GAH. Among those present were the outgoing Coordinator Fr. Silvester of Vizag Province, Delegation Superiors, President of the Society and confreres from other Provinces. Then we came together with some of the invited guests, to share delicious Indian cuisine prepared by our confreres.  This Annual Gathering served as a fresh impetus to our religious living in GAH and strengthened our bond with the life of the Province.

 Fr. A. Joseph Amalraj

THE 450TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF OUR PATRON ST. FRANCIS DE SALES AND THE SILVER JUBILEE OF TWO OF OUR CONFRERES REV. FR. A. LAWRENCE AND S. ALEXANDER

 

It was a time for celebration for South East India Province as it had the great celebration of the 450th Birth Anniversary of our Patron St. Francis De Sales and the Silver Jubilee of the ordination of the two of our conferrers namely Fr. A. Lawrence, Msfs and Fr. S. Alexander, Msfs. The celebration commenced with the Eucharistic celebration, presided over by two of our Jubilarians and Rev. Fr. Provincial and the Parish priest of Nagamangalam, who was also in his silver Jubilee year. The holy mass began at 10.00 am with a welcome prayer dance by SFS School, Pudukkottai, followed by the procession to the altar.  MSFS fathers from our province, fathers from in and around, sisters and brothers were part of the Eucharistic celebration. During the mass, the word of God was broken by Fr. Thomas Msfs from Pune province, highlighting sublime virtues of our patron on the occasion of 450th Birth Anniversary of our Patron.

After the holy Eucharist, there was a felicitation ceremony.  The felicitation ceremony was colorful with the presence of Most. Rev. Dr. Antony Devotta, the Bishop of Trichy.  The Silver Jubilarians were honored for their 25 years of service as priests and then Fr. Selvaraj, Msfs gave words of appreciation on Fr. Lawrence and Fr. Sebastianraj Msfs gave words on Fr. Alexander. They spoke about their service to the congregation and to the church. Most. Rev. Bishop shared his thoughts and congratulated the heroes of the day. Fr. Provincial expressed his joy to everyone and thanked all for their participation.  Then the Jubilarians cut the cake and expressed their happiness to all. It was followed by a meal.  It was a great day colorful and memorable one to all of us.

I. Bio-Data of Fr. S. Alexander

Father Alexander was born on 10 May 1963 at Karungal as the first son in the family. He has 7 brothers and a sister. The head of the family are Mr. A. Singarayan and Mrs. G. Victoria. In fact, among the children, there is one more is Msfs Priest. In the year 1981, Fr. Alexander joined the Fransalians at Tanuku. He did his Minor Seminary in SFS Minor Seminary at Nidadavole in 1982-1983. He entered the novitiate at Salesianum in 1983 and made his first profession on 15th Dec, 1984. He did his Post Novitiate in 1985. He did his philosophical studies from 1985 to 1988. He was ordained a priest on 21st June, 1993 at his home parish Karungal. He has specialized himself in B.A, M.A, B.ED and M. Phil

Places of Ministry:  At first, he did his ministry as the Assistant Parish priest at Itaga, Tanzania (1993-1994). He was the Vice Rector and Vocation Promoter at Minor Seminary, Morogoro Cum Secretary to the Regional Superior, Africa Region (1994-1996). He was the procurator at SFS, Study House, Janampet (1996- 1998). He was the first parish priest of Holy Trinity Church, Adanur (1999-2001). He was parish priest at St. Antony’s church, Ammapatty (2001-2002) and Sacred Heart Church, Kadayal (2002-2005). He was the Principal at SFS School, Alangayam (2005-2007). He did his pastoral ministry at Germany (2007-2008). He was the Admonitor of the province from 2005 to 2008. He was appointed as procurator of SFS School, Virudhunagar (2008-2010). He was appointed as Superior of Msfs Provincialate, Trichy (2010-2012). He was doing his ministry at Divine Center, Chalakudy (2012-2014). He was appointed as parish priest of Nalattinputhur (2014-2017). Right now he is appointed as mission preacher cum in-charge of land at Manakudy. He holds the authorship for 3 books and Released 3 CDs.

II. Bio- Data of Fr. A. Lawrence

Fr. A. Lawrence was born on 27th May 1965 at Valayampaty as the first son among the 4 children. He has 2 brothers and a sister. His Parents are Late. Mr. Amal Raj and Mrs. Veda Mary. He did his minor seminary at Ettumanoor, Kerala. He entered the novitiate at Salesianum in 1984 and made his first profession on 15th Dec, 1985. After completing his philosophical studies in Suvidya, Bangalore, he was sent to Vaniyambadi Parish for his Regency. He did his Theology in Pune. He was ordained a priest on 12th October 1993. He has specialized himself in B.A, M.A, B.ED and M. Phil

Places of Ministry: His first years as priest were spent at Sacred Heart Parish at Kadayal (1993-1994) and at Msfs minor seminary as the Vocation Promoter and Dean of Studies (1994-1998). From 1998 to 2004, he was the Principal and Correspondent of SFS School, Parachur, Andhra Pradesh. After that, he was in SFS School at Pudukkottai, as principal (2004-2005). Chennai region was born on 24th January 2005. He took charge as the first Regional Superior and subsequently as the first Provincial of South- East India Province in 2008 – 2011. After having completed his office, he was appointed as the Rector of the MSFS minor seminary, Pudukkottai (1911-1914). He was appointed as the parish priest of Sendurai (2014-2017). Right now, he is appointed as the Principal of SFS School, Pudukkottai.

Bro. S. Jerald

30th ANNUAL DAY AND 450th BIRTH YEAR Of ST FRANCIS DE SALES CELEBRATED AT S.F.S. MATRIC. HIGH SCHOOL, ALANGAYAM

S.F.S. Matric. High Secondary School, Alangayam celebrated its 30th magnificent Annual Day function on 20th January, 2018 on the theme, “To Be Human”. The theme befits the famous quote, ‘Education of heart is the heart of education.’ This program was designed and choreographed by Fr J Stephen MSFS and his team.

The event was graced by Rev. Fr. George Parampukattil, MSFS, the General Councilor -in-charge of Education, Rev. Fr. K. Ignacimuthu, the Provincial Superior & the Manager of S.F.S. Schools, South-East India Province and Fr. John Thadews, the PCIC for Education. The principal Fr. Innaci Muthu, formally welcomed the eminent guests and introduced to the audience Rev. Fr. George Parampukattil, the Chief Guest and Rev Fr. K. Ignacimuthu, the Provincial, who was the guest of honour. A floral welcome was given to all the important guests. This was followed by messages from Rev. Fr. George Parampukattil and Rev. Fr. K. Ignacimuthu, who, then, gave away the prizes to the academically meritorious pupils of the school.

The scintillating classical dance by the students set the tone for the marvellous evening.   The students presented the cultural event with great zest, vibrancy and elation. It was a great blend of social message and exposition of talents. The memorable annual day function came to an end with the national anthem.

Report presented by Rithika XII

DESALITES EXCEL 2017-18 SFS GROUP OF EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS (SOUTH – EAST INDIA PROVINCE)

To bring out the talents of our students and to show the oneness, an Inter- School Competition (games, sports and literary), was conducted by the SFS Group of Educational Institutions of the South East India Province on 19th of January 2018 at SFS school Vaniyambadi. The day began with the opening ceremony in the morning at 9.00 am. The inter school competition flag was hoisted, and the Olympic lamp was lit by Rev. Fr. George Parampukattil, Msfs the General Councilor -in-charge of Education and Rev. Fr. K. Ignacimuthu, Msfs the provincial of the Province respectively, followed by the march fast by the schools. The schools’ flags were also hoisted by the conferrers of their respective schools. Then the participants took the Sport’s Oath.

At 10.am the competitions began with Volleyball for the super seniors and simultaneously the literary competitions like speeches, solo singing, drawing and essay writing. After the lunch break, the athletics were conducted. From the neighboring colleges and the schools, the match officials and the judges were invited to conduct the competitions. There was also a three member Central Committee, which supervised the smooth going of the competitions. The members of the committee were Rev. Fr. Simon Msfs, Rev. Fr. Charles Msfs and Rev. Fr. Johnson Msfs. The competitions came to an end around 4.00 pm. After an hour of break, the awarding ceremony was scheduled.

The chief guest Rev. Fr. George Parampukattil, Msfs, the General  Councilor -in-charge of Education, the guests of honour Rev. Fr. K. Ignacimuthu, Msfs, the provincial of the Province, Rev. Fr. J. B. John Thadews, Msfs, the Councilor -in-charge of Education of the province and the other guests marched to the stage in procession and with the invocation by a classical dance. Rev. Fr. Johnson Sagayaraj, the correspondent of SFS School Vaniyambadi, welcomed the guests and the gathering.  The chief guest was honoured by Rev. Fr. Amirthanathan, the Procurator of SFS School Vaniyambadi and the Guests of honour was honoured by the SPL and the ASPL of the School. Rev. Fr. Amirthanathan welcomed the dignitaries with flowers.

During the program, the winners and the runners of the Group dance competition performed the dances and there were also two other dances by the students of SFS Vaniyambadi. The Chief Guest and the Guests of honour addressed the gathering and distributed the medals and certificates to the winners. Rev. Fr. Thadews after his address released his book, which was already published in German and now translated in Tamil. Rev. Fr. George Parampukattil, Msfs the General Councilor -in-charge of Education gave good message and declared SFS School, Vaniyambadi as the overall Champion.  The SPL and the ASPL received the Rolling Trophy from him. Rev. Fr. Simon Msfs, the secretary of the educational forum gave the vote of thanks.

Various Special Events of the Desalites Excel

  1. In Remembrance of SFS
    Being the 450th birth anniversary of St. Francis de Sales, our Patron, at the entrance of the school, a statue is installed blessed by Rev. Fr. A. Dharmaraj, Msfs on 21st of August 2017. To mark the year a stamp bearing the image of SFS was released. Rev. Fr. Arul Francis Msfs the principal of SFS School Virudhunagar released it.

 

 

  1. Desalites Designs

    In the noble task of providing a holistic Education for its children, the SFS School Vaniyambadi creates an atmosphere, whereby every student realizes his/her worth and discovers the unrealized talents. As a mile stone in this effort, the SFS School brings out a quarterly periodical named Desalites Designs, containing the drawings, poems, stories and essays of our children. The first issue is being brought out under the theme   “என் பாரம்பரியம்” i.e. MY HERITAGE. Rev. Fr. K. Ignacimuthu, Msfs the provincial of the Province released the first copy of Desalites Designs and Rev. Fr. Doss Msfs and Rev. Fr. Charles Msfs received the first copies of it.

  2. SFS Geins: Fr. Nicolas, the Province Bursar of South East India Province inaugurated new software named SFSGEINS, which is solely designed for and by us to the office administration. This provides the complete details of the students, Teachers, non-teaching staff and of the parents. It is user friendly. It is designed in such a way that with one click, you can get the complete details of the students. It provides the past history of every student, including his academic and other areas etc.
  3. SFS for Others
    The SFS School, Vaniyambadi together with the FOF (Friends of Fransalians) of the school started a project called SFS for others. Through this project, we helped the local government schools in and around Vaniyambadi. This academic year, we raised Rs.40, 000 and distributed to different schools.  This amount was handed over by Rev. Fr. K. Ignacimuthu, Msfs, the provincial of the Province to the School Pupil Leader.  On that day we had a beneficiary with us, Mr. Sathiya Murthi, the Head master of the School at Nethaji Nagar. Rev. Fr. George Parampukattil, General Councilor -in-charge of Education handed over to him a Speaker set worth Rs.16, 500. In order to help this project, two donation boxes have been set up in the school and we do encourage the children and the teachers to donate during their birthdays and special days.

    Bro. S. Pradeep Jerald

 CHURCH BLESSING AT VINAYAGAPURAM

 

The long awaited dream of the people of Vinayagapuram of Adanur parish became a reality on 2nd January 2018, as the Church was blessed and dedicated to St Antony by the Archbishop of Pondicherry – Cuddalore Most Rt. Dr. Antony Anandarayar. It was a joyful occasion to witness the opening of the Church by Rev Fr Santhiyagu in the presence of many priests and nuns and the lay faithful. The beautiful church was built with the generous contribution of the Archdiocese of Pondicherry, the South East India Province, the well-wishers and finally the cooperation of the people. I sincerely thank everyone for their kind encouragement and prayers.

Fr. A. Antony Christopher