Alberione Speaks...

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).

"A Tradition of Togetherness: Bangalore's Last Thursday Event Unites the Entire Community"

In a heartwarming initiative, the Bangalore community has come together to foster camaraderie and joy through a monthly community recreation event. Taking place every last Thursday of the month, this gathering has become a landmark for seniors, juniors, and aspiring community members. Led by the dynamic duo of Fr Shaiju and Fr Robert, along with the enthusiastic Jr. Binit and Jr. Suresh, the event has been carefully coordinated to ensure participation from all age groups. The initiative aims to strengthen bonds within the community and provide a platform for individuals of various ages to interact and engage in friendly competition.

The event featured a variety of indoor games and competitions creating an inclusive atmosphere for everyone. Participants showcased their skills and talents, fostering a sense of unity and healthy competition. The joyous occasion concluded with a shared supper, symbolizing the unity and togetherness that defines the Bangalore community.

The coordinators of the events have played a crucial role in organizing and facilitating the event, ensuring smooth operations and maximum enjoyment for all attendees. Their dedication to creating a vibrant and inclusive atmosphere has made the monthly recreation event to be a cherished tradition in the Bangalore community.

Br Aneesh J@Bangalore

Preparing for the Synodal Journey of Lent

Pope Francis has said that “Lent is a favourable time for personal and community renewal, as it leads us to the paschal mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.” Taking seriously the exhortation of Pope Francis and keeping before us the objective of our last General and Provincial Chapters, "Let yourselves be transformed, renewing your way of thinking" (Rom 12:2), the community of Mumbai has decided to make this year’s Lenten journey, truly a Synodal one.  Apart from the traditional Lenten practices such as fasting, prayer, penance, almsgiving etc., the community proposes to make a serious effort to give concrete expressions to the gospel values such as love, forgiveness, reconciliation, mercy and compassion among us as members of the community.

Besides, plans are being prepared to organize contextualized ‘Stations of the Cross’, special  hour of adoration on different days of the week at community  and group level to pray specially for peace in the world, for the persecuted Christians in our own country, for the universal Church, and for vocations in the Church, etc.

Fr Jose Pottayil@Mumbai

St Pauls College students at World Radio Day celebrations

On the occasion of World Radio Day, celebrated annually on February 13th, a group of 22 enthusiastic students alongside two esteemed faculty members from St Pauls College for Women went on a visit to Archarya 90 FM.

This community radio station stands as a beacon of communication and connectivity, a brainchild of Dr. Yogesh Dhanjani along with N. G. Acharya & D. K. Marathe College of Arts, Science & Commerce, Chempur, Mumbai.
The students indulged themselves in awareness of community radio broadcasting, and delved into the functioning of this powerful medium and its profound impact on community engagement and knowledge dissemination. Through insightful discussions and hands-on experiences, they got a deeper understanding of how live shows and curated recorded content come to fruition, serving as catalysts for social change and cultural enrichment.

Fr Jose Pottayil@Mumbai

Staff Training Programme, Chennai

Staff Training Programme for our Book Centre personnel belonging to the southern company, St Pauls Books and Media Pvt. Ltd, planned and organized by the department of HR in the Province is underway at the Divine Mercy premises, Chennai. The first batch of 13 staff attended the programme held on 7-8 February 2024. The overall feedback on the programme from the staff was very positive, be it for the contents or be it for the practicality of its application in the day-to-day management of our book centre apostolate.

The entire programme was coordinated by Fr Michael John, Director of Good Pastor International Book Centre, Chennai, and animated by Fr (Dr.) Dominic D’ Silva, Superior, Parish Priest and Rector of the Divine Mercy Shrine.  Dr Jude Kishore, a CA and HR expert, presented in a down-to-earth manner the professional aspects of our services.

The programme consisted of formal and informal input sessions at the Alberione Conference Hall and the premises of Good Pastor Book Centre, Parrys Corner, visits to Divine Mercy and other important Shrines in Chennai city and a short sight-seeing trip to some of the commercial centres of Chennai.

Some lighter moments were provided for the participants by our ‘magician father’, Fr Jose Paul, through his short but interesting magic show. The second group is scheduled to begin the programme on 14 February 2024.

Fr Jose Pottayil@Mumbai

Our Representatives in the NDWBF

The New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF), held for the past 50 years, is a major calendar event in the publishing world. NDWBF 2024 is being held from 10 to 18 February 2024 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The Fair, spread out in five large Halls, and participated by over 1000 publishers and distributors, is organized by the National Book Trust of India (under the Ministry of Education, Government of India).

This year Fr Sajith Cyriac (General Editor) and Fr Siji Jose (St Pauls India) represented us in the fair. Fr Joe Eruppakatt from SPBC, Delhi, also joined them. The purpose of their visit was to renew contacts with some of our business partners and explore the possibilities of a potential partnership.

"It was an enriching experience to be at the Fair. We could see some of our books displayed at the fair by certain distributors. We need to resume our tradition of participating in the fair because of the visibility and contacts we are able to get.”  says Fr Sajith.

Several activities such as storytelling sessions, workshops, panel discussions, interactive sessions, quizzes, contests, etc. are part of the fair. People come from far and wide in large numbers to visit the fair and pick the books of their choice. The newly designed Pragati Maidan has the look of a huge convention centre of international standards with exhibition pavilions, food courts, meeting halls amphitheaters, and fountains.

Fr Jose Pottayil@Mumbai

American Emmy Award winner visits SPICE, Mumbai

Hollywood Filmmaker and American Emmy Award winner, James Higginson who also teaches Filmmaking in Berlin, spent a whole day at SPICE interacting with the Media Students on 5 February 2024. His Master Class was based on his Award-winning Documentary ‘Shuddhi’ which revealed many truths about Hansen's disease (Leprosy) and the lives of those affected.

In the morning hours, he had a two-hour session with the undergraduate BAMMC students and in the afternoon with the Post Graduate Filmmaking students. Both groups had great learning about the film and the journey behind the making of this film.

Higginson is a passionate filmmaker with 30+ years of experience. He makes films for a cause and is willing to collaborate with SPICE's Department of Filmmaking. His visit has taken the institute to an international level.

Fr Renold P@Mumbai

A Digital Digest for a Digital World

‘Light for my path, Food for my soul and Peace for my mind’ seems to be the driving force that motivated Fr Sajith Cyriac to upload uninterruptedly on the social media platform 730 inspirational, religious and spiritual videos for the benefit of people of goodwill around the world starting from the 1 February 2022.

“I wake up every day with your message,” wrote one of the fans of Fr Sajith.

“Your dedication and commitment in spreading the good news is remarkable…. God bless His steward”, was the prayer and wish of another one.

On 1 February 2024, Fr (Dr) Sajith Cyriac completed two glorious years of his digital mission at the service of the Gospel, a service that takes the Gospel and its message to every nook and corner of the world.

On asking Fr Sajith for the ‘secret of success’ of this apostolic venture, his response was very simple: “As the days passed by, I began to get overwhelming and highly positive responses from the recipients and this helped me to keep up my enthusiasm and interest.”  

Congratulations, Fr Sajith, for your courage, conviction and commitment to the proclamation of the word through the means of our apostolate. You are setting a trend and an example for others to follow!!

Fr Jose Pottayil@Mumbai

Blessing of the Computer Lab

India has experienced remarkable growth in digital communications in recent years. To remain relevant, we Paulines must stay updated with new trends in digital media as it is crucial to our ministry.

Our community established a computer lab to provide postulants with the necessary computer skills. After months of waiting, the lab was ready on 7 January 2024, blessed and inaugurated by Fr. Wilson Thekkanath on the feast of Epiphany. Postulants eagerly anticipated this day, and the presence of the sisters from St. Joseph’s Convent added to the celebration.

Fr Philip@Vijayawada