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DN. G. MERRY BENZER

Dn. G. Merry Benzer, Msfs hails from Kadiapattanam, Kanyakumari (DT), Tamil Nadu. His parents are Mr. S. George and Mrs. Mary. He has two younger sisters and one younger brother. He had his primary school at St. Peter’s Primary School and high schooling at Sacred Heart High School at Kadiapattanam. 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 SFS School, Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh. He completed his M.Ph at Suvidya College and theology at JDV Theological College, Pune. He was ordained a deacon by his Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Ambrose Rebello, the Bishop of Aurangabad at Fransalian Seminary on 28th January, 2017. He will be ordained a priest by his Lordship, Most Rev. Dr. Nazarene Soosai, Bishop of Kottar at Sts. Peter and Paul’s Church, Kadiapattanam on 21st January, 2018.

DN. J. PACKIA SATHISH KUMAR

Dn. J. Packia Sathish Kumar, MSFS hails from T. Sindalacherry, Theni (Dt), Tamilnadu. His parents are Mr. P. Jesu and Mrs. Salathammal. He has a younger brother. He had his schooling in Amala Annai Higher Secondary School at T. Sindalacherry. He began his minor seminary at S.F.S. Minor Seminary, Pudukottai in 2007 and had His Novitiate at Salesianum, Visakhapatnam. He made his First Profession on 10th June, 2010. He pursued his Philosophical studies and B.A. studies at Suvidya College, Bangalore.

 

He did his regency at SFS School Residential School, Kolli Hills. He had his Theological Studies at Tejas Vidya Peetha, Bangalore and was ordained a deacon by His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Bernard Mores, the Archbishop of Bangalore at Tejas Vidya Peetha on 18th February, 2017. He will be ordained a priest by His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Antony Pappusamy, the Archbishop of Madurai at Sacred Heart Church, T. Sindalacherry on 28th January, 2018.

DN. D. BRITTO

Dn. D. Britto, Msfs hails from Ammapatty, Dindigul (DT), Tamil Nadu. His parents are Mr. R. Devasahayam and Mrs. D. Vimalamary. He has two elder brothers. He had his primary school at R.C. Middle school in Ammapatty and high schooling at R. C. High school, Silukuvarpatti. 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 SFS Matriculation School, Perumbakkam and in Vayalogam and SFS Seminary Pudukkottai and theology at Tejas Vidya Peetha, Bangalore. He was ordained a deacon by his Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Bernard Mores, the Archbishop of Bangalore at Tejas Vidya Peetha on 18th February, 2017. He will be ordained a priest by his Lordship, Most Rev. Dr. Antony Pappusamy, DD., S.T.D Archbishop of Madurai at St. Antony’s Church, Ammapatty on 29th January, 2018.

PASTORAL CARE, LEADERSHIP AND COUNSELLING

The course on Pastoral Care, Leadership and Counselling was held in HARMONY, a Pastoral Theological Institute at Belgaum, Karnataka. This program was arranged from 5thto 24thNovember 2017. The instructor of this course was Dr. Charles Gravenstine, a retired University professor from USA. Dn. Sathish, Dn. Britto and Dn. Arockia Doss attended this course as part of the pastoral program. The lectures and the discussions of the course consisted of pastoral care, models of communication, family systems theory, leadership and counseling. The course was helpful to make one understand the pastoral situation with the help of feelings in ministry, listening skills and theological reflection.

Dn. S. Arockia Doss

 

INTER- SCHOOL COMPETITIONS OF THE PROVINCE

To bring out the talents of our students and to show the oneness, the SFS Group of Educational Institutions of the South East India Province has decided to conduct an inter- School games, sports and literary Competitions on 19th of January 2018 at SFS school Vaniyambadi. Rev. Fr. George Parampukattil, Msfs, the General Councilor -in-charge of Education will be gracing the day in the presence of the Provincial.

FLAG HOSTING OF THE ANNUAL FEAST OF ST FRANCIS XAVIER, PANDIAN NAGAR, VIRUDHUNAGAR

The Parish Community at Pandian Nagar was joy filled and jubilant on 24th November 2017 as the 18th Annual Parish Feast began with the Flag hoisting. On the same our MSFS Family in South East India Province released a C D named “Anbin Adhisayam”. Our beloved Provincial Fr. K. Ignacimuthu, and the Provincial Councilor and Admonitor Fr. A. Santhiyagu and good number of MSFS Confreres were present for this occasion.

There was a solemn procession with the flag around the Church. Hoisting of the flag was indeed a great experience. Fr Provincial preached an excellent homily during the Eucharistic celebration on the importance of confession. The Parish Community was happy to celebrate these two events on the occasion of 450th Birth Day of our Heavenly Patron St Francis De Sales. It was indeed a great blessing for all of us.

After the Eucharist Celebration during the cultural program our Provincial appreciated and thanked all the people. In a special way, he appreciated the Parish Priest of Pandian Nagar Fr. N. Arokiaselvam, and the community for creative and innovative way of celebrating.

Fr. Santhiyagu the Provincial Councilor and Admonitor shared his personal experiences telling us how God works inspiring us in various ways. The C D was released by the Provincial and the first copy was given to Fr. C. John Britto, Parish Priest of Nalattinputhur. After the Mass and the cultural programs, there was a fellowship meal (Anbin Virunthu). It was shared by the Parishioners. The events of flag hoisting, Eucharistic celebration, and the cultural evening with a fellowship meal revived and strengthened the bond of fraternity and brotherhood in the Parish family.

Fr. N. Arokiaselvam, MSFS

 

LITTLE PICASSO – 2017 (STATE LEVEL DRAWING COMPETITION)

In the Year of Education and social apostolates, the SFS family at Vaniyambadi is glad to organize, for the first time, a Province level drawing competition for the students of all our schools in the South- East India Province.  reliminary round will be conducted in the respective schools and the final competition will be held on 19.01.2018 at SFS School, Vaniyambadi. There will be Prizes for the winners at both the School and the State level.

SFS Family, Vaniyambadi

PROVINCE MATTERS

RECTIFICATION

Fr. L. Arul Sundaram and Fr. L. Sahaya Basker were designated to US Vice Province. In respect of Fr. L. Arul Sundaram and Fr. L. Sahaya Basker joining the US Vice Province, a procedural mistake occurred inadvertently. On the advice of the General Council, the Superior General has directed the Provincial Administration to rectify the mistake and follow the norm. As such, the procedural mistake is hereby rectified. Both the fathers will have five years of discernment period. Thereafter a decision will be made in accordance with the norms of the Congregation, involving both the provinces and with the approval of the General Council. During this discernment period, both the fathers will have their active and passive voting rights in the South-East India Province.

TRIPLE CELEBRATION

In view of celebrating the Feast of St. Francis De Sales, the 450th Birth Anniversary of our Heavenly Patron St. Francis De Sales and the Silver Jubilee of Fr. S. Alexander & Fr. A. Lawrence, an organizing committee is constituted. The following are the members of the committee:

  1.  Fr. D. Kanikkai, the Convener
  2.  Fr. M. Nicholas
  3. Fr. D. Sheen
  4. Fr. M. Benjamin

ONGOING FORMATION

Giving impetus to ongoing formation of our confreres, an organizing committee is constituted. The following are the members of the committee:

  1. Fr. A. Santhiyagu, the Convenor
  2. Fr. D. Kanikkai
  3. Fr. C. John Britto
  4. Fr. A. Christu Raj
  5. Fr. N. Arokia Selvam

APPOINTMENTS

Fr. George Kootinal Correspondent SFS School, Pudukkottai
Fr. A. Lawrence Superior SFS School Community, Pudukkottai

CONCLUDING CEREMONY OF THE SPORTS FESTIVAL “EN PARAMPARIYAM”

St. Francis De Sales Matric Higher Secondary in Vaniyambadi had the concluding ceremony of the sports festivals which began on 05-09-2017. It was conducted under the theme “En Parampariyam 2017.” Rev. Fr. K. Ignacimuthu, Msfs the provincial superior was the chief guest and the guest of honor was Mr. Venkatesan, a parent of the school.

The program was tuned to show the Indian culture and the heritage, and special reference to Tamil tradition. There were cultural dances reflecting various regions of our country and of our state. Traditional games of our state were staged. In the chief guest address, Fr. Provincial emphasized on the Holistic education and congratulated the SFS Family for the wonderful program. The prizes were distributed for the winners of the sports and games. The fund arising out of amount collected for coming late to school was given to two Government Schools of the locality for its development. Fr. Correspondent gave the vote of thanks. There were also many fathers and sisters from far and near to grace the occasion.

Bro. S. Pradeep Jerald

INTER – PROVINCE MATTERS

REGIONAL FORMATION FORUM MEETING

Two days of Regional Formation Forum meeting w as held on November 22nd and 23rd at Nagpur Provincialate under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Noel, the General Councillor in-charge for Formation. The forum was coloured by the presence of the entire six province Councillors, in – charge for formation and the secretaries of the formation forum. It was an experience of collective discernment and deliberations. The meeting was aimed at bringing structural changes at respective stages of formation as we introduce Graded formation from the coming academic year. The Forum came up with several proposals for each stage of formation beginning from Vocation Promotion to On-going formation of priests.

Fr. D. Sheen

OFFICIAL LOGO FOR THE GENERAL CHAPTER 2019

Our Beloved Superior General has presented to the Congregation the Logo for the General Chapter 2019. My dear fathers we have a LOGO prepared for the next General Chapter 2019. The Logo includes of the 19th General Chapter and its thrust points such as the Community Life, Mission, MSFSness and the Spirituality of St. Francis de Sales. Hereafter this Logo will officially used in reference to Chapter 2019. As requested by the Superior General this LOGO shall be displayed in our Provincial House, Formation Houses and local community.

FORMATION FORUM MEETING

We had the second meeting of the Formation Forum with Rev. Fr. Noel, the General Councilor for formation on 11th September, 2017 at MSFS Minor Seminary, Pudukkottai. We started the meeting with half an hour of adoration, at 9:15 am. At the very outset of the meeting, Rev. Fr. A. Santhiyagu, the Councilor for formation welcomed everyone, especially, Rev. Fr. Noel, the General Councilor for formation and Rev. Fr. K. Ignacimuthu, the Provincial of South East India Province. A bouquet to each was given by Rev. Fr. George Kootinal, the Rector of the Minor Seminary and Rev. Fr. D. Kanikkai Nathan, the Councilor In-charge for Mission.

Rev. Fr. Noel and Rev. Fr. D. Kanikkai Nathan enlightened the assembly about the Graded Formation, which would be implemented from the coming academic year onwards. This will start from the minor seminary itself.

We discussed also on the school-going students and studied the possibility of sending our students for their higher secondary studies to one of our schools. Finally, it was decided that our students, who join the seminary in Pudukkottai after the completion of class 10, would be enrolled as students in S.F.S. School in Vaniyambadi, for their +1 and +2 studies from the coming academic year onwards. A review was done on the Postulancy programme, about its nature and success and suggestions were given for the future improvement. It was also felt that we need to have concrete plans for the students from North India (Odisha).

Rev.Fr. A. Santhiyagu, the Councilor for formation thanked all the participants of the meeting, especially Rev. Fr. Noel, the General Councilor in-charge for formation and Rev. Fr. K. Ignacimuthu, the Provincial of South East India Province. We concluded the programme praising the name of the Trinity at 1.00. p.m.

Fr. D. Sheen

 

THE INNOVATIVE FORUM MEETING

The second meeting of the social and innovative ministry forum of SE India Province with Fr. Agnelo Fernandes, the General Councilor in charge of Mission and of the social and innovative ministry took place on the 15th of September, 2017 at the Provincialate, in the presence of our Provincial Rev. Fr. K. Ignacimuthu. The meeting was attended by all the members of the forum except, a few who could not make it, due to personal reasons. The daylong meeting was an enriching one for all us and sincere thanks to the input session by Fr. Agnelo Fernandes, the resource person and to all the members, who were present, for their active participation.

In the morning, we had the input session by Fr. Agnelo, who stressed on the importance of rejuvenating the thirst for the social and innovative ministry. The foundation for such ministry is to be seen in the social teachings of the church. To carry out the social ministry effectively, he presented the Pastoral Spiral. With the inspiration from the resource person, all the members actively shared their experiences, activities and challenges in their respective ministry places. In the process, many innovative ideas came out. At the same time, we could understand the new challenges that were emerging and the ways to address them. A serious discussion was made on, how to mark the year of education and social and innovative ministry meaningful. Few interesting proposals were made in this regard. After the sharing session, Fr. Agnelo shared information from the side of the General Curia. At the end Fr. Amirtharajan, the Councilor in charge of innovative ministry thanked everyone present.

Fr. X. George Navin

 

THE MISSION FORUM MEETING

The Second Mission Forum Meeting of South East India Province was held on 13th September 2017 in the MSFS Provincialate, Nagamangalam, in the presence of Fr. Agnelo Fernandes, the General Councilor for Mission. The meeting was attended by 25 members. The meeting commenced at 9 a.m. with half an hour Eucharistic Adoration led by Frs. Arockiam and D. Jaya Kumar. Then at 9.45 a.m. we gathered together at the conference hall and the meeting began with an opening prayer led by Fr. Edmund. Fr. Kanikkai Nathan, the Convener of the Mission Forum extended a cordial welcome to Fr. Agnelo, the General Councilor of Mission, to Fr. Ignacimuthu, the Provincial and to all the members with a special mention of Fr. C. John Britto, who recently returned from USA and was attending his first meeting with us. After the welcome, the minutes of the previous meeting were read out by Fr. Stephen Xavier, the secretary and they were passed without any correction.

Fr. Agnelo Fernandes, the General Councilor of Mission with his vast knowledge, deep spirituality and varied mission experience, oriented the members with his insightful thoughts on the theme, “The Theology of Religious Leadership.” He began his address stating that ‘people at the grass root level are the yardstick of our mission progresses. He appreciated the Fransalian contribution and the Fransalian mission dynamism in the Dioceses. Fr. Agnelo beautifully presented the theology of a religious – missionary leader in depth.

After the Tea-break, Fr. K. Ignacimuthu, the Provincial Superior briefed the members about a few pressing challenges in the area of mission in our province and sought the ways to combat them. The members expressed their opinions and suggestions on the prevailing challenges of the mission. After the sharing session, the actions plans of the previous congresses (2011, 2014, and 2017) were read out and evaluated, as to how far we have achieved and what steps were necessary for further improvement.

In the Afternoon session, certain areas of concern such as; Friends of Fransalians and Fransalian Associates, Introducing the Parish Management Software, Coordination of the Youth Ministry, Parish Mission Preaching Team and the Parish Renewal, Fransalian Sunday and Transmitting Salesian Spirituality, Mission Sangamam and its Follow– Up, were discussed. Fr. Nicholas, the bursar instructed the members on the account keeping and the new rules that were to be adhered to, after the introduction of GST. Fr. Kanikkai Nathan, the convener of the mission forum thanked Fr. Agnelo Fernandes, the General Councilor of Mission for his presence and message and he also thanked Fr. Provincial and all the members of the forum. And with a final prayer led by Fr. Jerome, the meeting came to an end at 5.00. p.m.

Fr. Stephen Xavier