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VINAYALAYA, MSFS Provincial House

P.B.No.5557, Malleswaram West P.O

Bangalore 560 055, INDIA

Circular JK/14 March 16, 2015

My dear Confreres, Season of Lent invites us for a deeper spiritual renewal and revamping of our spiritual energies. Christian life is rooted in our relationship with the Risen Lord. Lent invites us to participate in the transforming experience of the Risen Christ. We can always draw a parallelism between Religion and Politics. Both are noble paths to serve God and humanity. Both are also means for exploitation, attainment of egoistic ends and corruption. God in his goodness places before us these means to use them for the original purpose of bringing glory to him. In the Book of Deuteronomy Moses tells the people of the choice God places before them: "I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants” (Dt. 30:19). In this year dedicated for Consecrated Life for Mission, we strive to better our lives and re-opt to choose to do well and live for God. I wish you a fruitful season of Lent and in anticipation the Joy of Easter!

Visitation to the Confreres in the English Province My Canonical visitation of the SW Confreres working in the English Province was done from 23rd to 28th of October 2014. I had mentioned in the previous circular that due to my hectic schedule, I could not complete the report. Here I am presenting it to the Province. Fr. Terry McGrath had meticulously prepared my visitation to the SW members in the English Province and he had also arranged a meeting with the Bishop of Northampton Diocese. SW Province has four confreres working in the English Province and a permanent member who joined the English Province.

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Meeting with Fr. Terry McGrath, Provincial of English Province: Fr. Tony McGrath welcomed me into the English Province and facilitated a well organized visitation of the confreres. He accompanied me to most of the places and also got an appointment for the meeting with the Bishop of Northampton. In my formal meeting with him I discussed about the further collaboration of SW Province with the English Province and spoke about the possibilities of replacement for some of our fathers returning to India. We also agreed upon beginning a new ministry of preaching and spiritual counselling in the English Province with the collaboration of SW Province. We will be sending one more priest to the English Province by the end of this academic year for strengthening this Province. Fr. Terry also promised all the possible help and support for our Missions. I thank Fr. Terry and the administration of English Province for all the collaborative ventures and assure the continued support of SW Province to the English Province by way of personnel and strengthening of pastoral ministry.

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3|Page invited for the meeting. The bishop spoke very positively of the work and ministry rendered by our fathers in his diocese and thanked the MSFS congregation for the support given to his diocese. We briefly discussed about the possibility of new members going to work in the Diocese of Northampton and the bishop was very positive and welcoming. I thank the Bishop and the Diocese of Northampton for the financial support given for the studies of Fr. Benny, Fr. Roji and now for Fr. Prince.

General Observation: SW Province fathers are engaged in meaningful ministry in the English Province. Their presence and ministry have strengthened the English Province.

There is need for exploring new possibilities of greater collaboration with the English Province and strengthening the Province. Those who work in the English Province need certain years of experience and maturity for becoming parish priests and so their personal plan has to be considered accordingly in view of supporting and stabilizing the English Province. The need for organizing local communities and regularizing the religious life of the confreres working there is an immediate need. We need to work out a system of financial accountability of the members too.

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Bro. Bautista Araneda Felipe: He belongs to the Chile Mission and since last two years he is completing his theological studies in the Faculty of Theology of Burgos. Bro. Felipe is a late-vocation; he has been working previously with the Mercedes company before he joined the MSFS in Chile. He is very studious and committed. He goes for his vacation duty to the Franco-Swiss Province and his studies are supported by the Franco-Swiss Province. Together with Fr. Thomas, Bro. Felipe too collaborates for the support of the mission in India. After the suppression of the Mission of Chile, Bro. Felipe now is incorporated into the Franco Swiss Province and he is financially supported for his 4|Page studies by the Franco Swiss Province. I thank Bro. Felipe for his collaboration and wish him all the best for the completion of his Theological studies.

Meeting with the Archbishop of Burgos: Fr. Jesús María Alvarez had arranged a meeting with the Archbishop of Burgos. The Archdiocese of Burgos is very familiar with the works of the MSFS in India as it has 8 years of collaboration with NEST and the MSFS in SW Province. The Archbishop was very happy to receive me and we had detailed discussion regarding the future collaboration. There is possibility for prieststudents to do Licentiate in Theology with scholarship from the Faculty and for Doctorate he proposed pastoral work in the Archdiocese as means of financial support.

If the MSFS are willing, the Archbishop is willing to give a permanent community and parish for the MSFS in the future. I thank the Archbishop and the Archdiocese of Burgos for the continued collaboration with the MSFS.

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Meeting with Abtprimas Propst Bernhard H. Backovsky, Dr. Leopold Streit, Dr.

Walter Simek and Mag. Adreas Garleitner at Stift – Klosterneuburg: Fr. Sibichen had arranged for a meeting for me with the Aptprimas Propst Bernhard, the Abbot General of the Augustinian Cannons Regular and Dr. Leopold Streit. Fr. Sibichen also was present for the meeting. The personal plan of the confreres working and studying under the Stift was discussed in the meeting. I thanked the Abtprimas for the financial support given to our province in the building up of the new Boys’ Home in Hebbagodi, Tejas Seminary and the NEST Project in Kengeri. I had also another meeting with Dr.

Walter Simek, the Procurator of the Stift who shows keen interest in the mission projects of the MSFS and also Mag. Adreas Garleitner, the Director of Projects of the Stift, who also supports and encourages our mission projects. I thank Fr. Mathew Kozhuppakalam who introduced the MSFS to the Stift and brought about this wonderful collaboration in many ventures of the Province. I thank Dr. Leopold Streit for his great love for the MSFS missions and for the support he gives to Fr. Joe. I thank Abtprimas Propst Bernhard H. Backovsky for his love and concern and for favouring our collaboration in pastoral work and in the mission projects.

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Fr. Arockiya Jayaraj is Asst. Parish Priest at St. Marien Church Oldenburg, Fr. Louis Parappuram is Asst. Parish Priest at St. Willehad at Oldenburg Fr. Joseph Mannukuzhumpil is Asst. Parish Priest at St. Joseph’s Chruch Oldenburg in the Diocese of Münster. All three have taken their driving license and have moved to their new houses from where they serve as Asst. parish priests. All these three fathers are getting used to the German culture and gaining mastery over the German language. I thank all these three fathers for their committed work and love for the mission of the Congregation.

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Fr. Joseph Pazhayattil is the local superior of the Munich-Eichsttat-Augsburg community and he works as the Parish Priest at Bibertal-Buhl in the Diocese of Augsburg. Fr. Joseph has served the Delegation of GAH previously as the Mission Superior and he continues to animate the local community with love and dedication. He finds all possible help for the mission of the province and is well appreciated by the Diocese. I thank Fr. Joseph for his dedicated works and love for the mission.

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Fr. Jose Kannanaikal is doing his PhD studies in Theology at the University of Munich and he helps out at one of the parishes of the Diocese of Munich during the week-end.

He does not have a scholarship now and he is supported by the Diocese for his studies.

He resides at the Diocesan Seminary Hostel in Munich and goes to the University. He is making steady progress in his studies and in my meeting with him we discussed about the time duration he needs for the completion of his studies. I wish Fr. Jose all the success in his studies and the province expects him back for service at the earliest after the completion of his studies.

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Fr. Paul Raj and Fr. Sunil Ekka Both these fathers have reached Eichstätt and are completing their German language proficiency program. I met both of them and soon they will be assigned to new parishes.

They are well appreciated in their batch for their studiousness and for efficiency. On behalf of the province I wish you dear fathers, God’s blessings and success in your ministry!

Delegation Colloquium of GAH at Abenberg The Delegation Colloquium of GAH Delegation of SW Province was held at Abenberg at the place of Fr. Binod, the Delegation Superior. All the members except some student members of the delegation who could not be present due to their commitment participated in the Delegation Colloquium. We all arrived at Abenberg on 16th November in the evening and had the common sharing and dinner. The following day, after prayer and break-fast we began the formal session of our colloquium. All the aspects of our religious life, personal concerns of the confreres and common interest of the Delegation and the Province were discussed in detail. The members all shared their ministerial activity and Fr. Provincial shared with the Delegation-members news and activities from the Province. There was detailed discussion regarding the pocket money, regulation regarding the purchase of new car, allowance to new-comers, arrangement for the return of the members upon completion of their ministry in GAH and also

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General Evaluation of the Visitation to GAH All the SW Province members who are engaged in pastoral ministry are very committed and are focused in their responsibility. After the new administrative structure of Delegation in GAH took place there is greater coordination, facility in communication with members and reorganization of religious life through local communities. All the members show some concern towards the needs of the missions and are eager to help the Province in various needs. The confreres who are studying too are doing their best and are in communication with the rest of the members. The unanimous decision of the PIF with the General curia was to implement the General chapter mandate of calling back confreres who have completed 10 years of services in the Western World.

According to the guidelines of the PIF Meeting, SW Province is finalizing the personal plan of all the confreres in GAH and it will be commonly published by the PIF chairman.

Once again, I thank the Delegation Superior and his Advisory council who organized the visitation meticulously, arranged for my travel and planned the colloquium well.

General Chapter Retreat A common retreat for all the members of the Indian provinces who did not attend the General Chapter Retreat will be arranged at Vinayalaya, Bangalore from 12 -17 May,

2015. All the confreres who have not participated yet in the General Chapter Retreat conducted at province level are expected to attend this retreat. Once again I remind all the confreres that no one is exempted from this retreat and kindly ensure your participation by registering your name to the Provincial Secretary at the earliest.

Changed dates of the Visitation of Superior General to SW Province The canonical visitation of the Superior General to South West India Province is rescheduled as per the intimation given by the Superior general. The changed dates are

the following:

September 04th -12th, 2015 – Visitation of communities and confreres in Kerala October 19th to – 10th November 2015 - Visitation of communities and confreres in Karnataka, including 3 full days of visitation to Suvidya College.

The Asst. General will meet with the members of the Apostolic Communities from 6th – 12th November, 2015 as follow up of the visitation of Superior General. I will send a detailed schedule of the visitation of the Superior General after the next council meetings.

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In response to the proposal of the General Administration to set up an “Animation Team” comprising of representatives from four forums (Mission, Education, Formation, and Social Apostolate and Innovative Ministries), the Provincial Administration of South West India Province has already set up an “Animation Team” of the Province. The following members constitute the Animation Team: Fr. Tomy Mullasseril (Mission Forum), Fr. Mecheril Jais (Education Forum), Fr. Joby Mattathil (Formation Forum) and Fr. Jijo Chemplany (Social Apostolate and Innovative Ministries). Fr. Antony Sathiya Seelan is appointed as person in-charge of collecting materials on Fr. Mermier. All Animation Teams of Indian Provinces had their first plan-meeting in Visakhapatnam from February 27th evening to March 1st afternoon, 2015.

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The Local Superiors’ Forum Meeting A gathering of the Local Superiors’ Forum was held on 15th January 2015 at Vinayalaya, Bangalore from 9. 00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. The meeting was well attended by 27 local superiors of the province. The morning session was animated by Fr. Ronnie Prabhu SJ.

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