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Prayer first of all, above all, the life of all. Temptation can come; I have a lot, too much work: but the first work for you, the main contribution to the Congregation is prayer (Carissimi in San Paolo,98).

Fr Dominic D'Silva Takes Charge as New Superior of Bangalore Community

 In a ceremony held on 10 June  the Bangalore community of the Society of St Paul witnessed the installation of their new superior, F. Dominic D'Silva. The installation ceremony, a symbolic transfer of responsibility, took place during a special 6 pm Holy Mass presided over by Fr Joby Mathew, the Provincial.

During the Mass, Fr Devasia, the acting superior, presented the key of the tabernacle to Fr Dominic, signifying the official handover of leadership. All the priests and other members of the community  offered and promised their support by extending their hands in a gesture of unity, followed by a prayer of blessing for the new superior.

Following the Eucharistic celebration, a community meeting elected Fr Thomas MJ and Fr Devasia as members of the local council to assist Fr Dominic in leading the community. The joyous occasion concluded with a cake-cutting ceremony to celebrate Fr Dominic's appointment.

This marks a new chapter for the Bangalore community as they welcome Fr Dominic and his leadership.

Br Aneesh J@Bengaluru

Pune Community Welcomes New Apostolic Centres

2 June 2024 was a day of great joy for the community of Pune because on that day two new apostolic centres were inaugurated in our Pauline campus: ATMONNATI PRAKASHAN EDITORIAL and ST PAULS BIBLICAL CENTRE. Fr Joby Mathew, the Provincial Superior, presided over the blessing ceremony at 11:30 am, joined by all the community members.

Fr Joby extended his warmest congratulations to Fr Joseph Tirkey (Editor, Atmonnati Prakashan) and Fr Joe Eruppakatt (Director, St Pauls Biblical Centre) who will be leading the new centres. He expressed his best wishes for these new endeavours of the community, with the hope and wish that  they will significantly benefit the Pune community.

Br Arun A@Pune

Come Jesus Come…

Celebration of First Holy Communion of 29 children on 1 June 2024, Saturday at St Joseph’s Parish, Broomhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Fr Alexander A@Edinburgh

A Day to be Remembered for the Community in Vijayawada

30 May  2024, will always remain as a highly memorable day in the history of the Vijayawada community, as three important events were celebrated on the same day.

During the Holy Mass at 6.30 am, presided over by Fr Joby Mathew, our Provincial, 6 of our Postulants, namely, Mandeep Ekka, Pradeep Bara, Santosh Kumar, Sumit Lakra, Savio Panmei and Wedneson entered the year of Novitiate.

The new Novices were entrusted into the hands of Fr Philip John, the newly appointed Novice Master. Fr Joby Mathew, in his inspiring homily, instructed the Novices to understand the great importance of the year of Novitiate and to imbibe an earnest desire, necessary discipline and strong determination, to understand and assimilate the deeper implications of Pauline religious life.

During the Mass, Fr Varghese Gnalian was installed as the New Superior of the community. The transition of authority was symbolically carried out in the traditional Pauline way, by handing over the key of the tabernacle to Fr Varghese by Fr Joby Mathew. Fr Joby and Fr Varghese fondly remembered and thanked Fr Wilson, the outgoing Superior, who joyfully and efficiently animated the community during the past 6 years.

In the evening at 7.30 pm, just after completing the Eucharistic visit, five of our aspirants, namely, Westarwel Bamon, Prabhat Kujur, Nikit Burh, Pradeep Ekka and Silbester Dungdung entered the year of Postulancy during a simple yet meaningful liturgical celebration led by Fr Joby Mathew and assisted by Fr Prithviraj and Fr Varghese Gnalian. Fr Joby, in his brief talk, instructed the Postulants to understand the importance of the year of Postulancy and spend  it well to prepare themselves for the Novitiate. The Postulants were entrusted into the hands of Fr Varghese Gnalian, the Master of Postulants. The day concluded with a sumptuous dinner with some special dishes.

Fr Philip J@Vijayawada

Bangalore Community Hosts Successful Aspirants’ Summer Meet (ASM24)

The Bangalore community recently concluded its Aspirants’ Summer Meet (ASM24), held from 1st May  to 22nd May.  This year's event saw participation from 22 aspiring members, not just from Bangalore but also from the Ranchi community. The participants were the brothers who would be going for their Pre-University Course (PUC) studies and those who would be entering into Postulancy.

The meet kicked off with a three-day retreat led by Fr Renold Paschal. The retreat provided valuable learning experiences where students delved into various topics.

To foster teamwork and healthy competition, the participants were divided into two teams who participated in various games and activities.

A highlight of the event was the special cultural evening held on 17 May. The participants showcased their talents through a vibrant display of cultural programmes. Aspirants also bonded over a self-prepared dinner and a one-day outing, adding a touch of fun and beauty to the Aspirants’ Summer Meet (ASM24).

The success of the meet is attributed to the dedicated efforts of Frs Prithviraj, Gregory, and Shaiju, along with the support of Junior Brothers Arun, Nerswn, and Binit. Their commitment and hardwork ensured a smooth and enriching experience for all participants.

Br Aneesh J@Bengaluru