17 April 2013
May I wish you all a belated Happy Easter! We rejoice because the Lord has truly risen. He invites us to open our hearts to Him in the same way that He opened the tomb when He rose from the dead, so that the blessing of hope and peace can enter our life. Have a blessed and meaningful Easter time!
The XIIIth Provincial Assembly held at Maria Rani Centre, Trivandrum from 04th to 07th January 2013 was a momentous event. They were hectic days of intense interaction and sharing as well as days of celebration. We had a number of things to celebrate. First of all we celebrated our togetherness. As Delegates and members of the Province gathered there, we also officially celebrated in the Assembly the Golden Jubilee of the canonization of our Founder St. Vincent Pallotti. To add to our joy, Fr. Rector General had brought along from Rome a relic of our founder, the Holy Bible St. Vincent Pallotti used, the very source from where he derived inspiration. We also felicitated our confreres who had the silver jubilee of their ordination this year. During the Assembly we also inaugurated officially the year of faith. All these commemorations and celebrations required preparation and hard work. I thank everyone who worked hard for the success of the Assembly.
It is heartening to note that the Golden jubilee of the Canonization of St. Vincent Pallotti, our founder was commemorated with due honour and pomp all over the Province. The grand finale of the celebration was held at St. Vincent Pallotti School Complex, Anant Nagar, Nagpur on Tuesday evening of 22nd January 2013. The Apostolic Nuncio to India, Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio presided over the concelebrated Eucharist. Several bishops from the dioceses where the Prabhu Prakash Province renders its services and many priests from Nagpur Archdiocese as well as quite a few of our confreres took part in it. The ceremony was attended by over three thousand dignitaries, friends and well wishers of the Pallottines. To mark the occasion a Jubilee Memorial Pallotti Visual Gallery was also made at the Provincialate in Nagpur. Releasing of a book which depicts the life of Pallotti in pictures by His Excellency Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio was another highlight of the occasion. My sincere thanks are due to everyone who has made the celebration really memorable.
On 21st April 2013, on the occasion of the 50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, the Holy Father Pope Francis has appealed for earnest prayer for vocations. It is once again time for vocation promotion in our Province as well. I solicit your cooperation in finding good vocations. May the Lord bless us with good vocations!
Fr. Augustine Varickakal SAC
01. The XIIIth Provincial Assembly
The XIIIth Ordinary Provincial Assembly of the Prabhu Prakash Province was held at Maria Rani Centre, Trivandrum from 04th to 07th January 2013. It began with a half day recollection preached by Rev. Fr. Eugine Pereria, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Trivandrum. Very Rev. Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, the Rector General of the Society, presided over the inaugural Eucharistic celebration and Fr. Augustine Varickackal, the Provincial declared the Assembly open. Presentation of the reports of the Provincial, Presidents of various commissions and that of the Provincial Treasurer followed. Then the Assembly went on to deal with the main theme of the Assembly, “Our Life and Mission in Response to Church’s Call for New Evangelization”. The fruit of the discussions was summarized in a final statement of the Assembly. The Assembly also undertook a review and updating of the Statutes of the Province.
02. Approval of the Provincial Statutes
The General Council in its session on 13th February 2013, has approved the Statutes of the Prabhu Prakash Province. With this approval the Statutes come into force in the Province. The Statutes have been printed and circulated in the form of a booklet.
03. The Golden Jubilee of the Canonization of St. Vincent Pallotti
The Province-level Golden Jubilee celebration of the Canonization of St. Vincent Pallotti was held with utmost reverence and pomp at St. Vincent Pallotti School Complex at Nagpur on 22nd January 2013. His Excellency Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, the Apostolic Nuncio to India presided over the concelebrated Holy Eucharist along with His Grace Archbishop Abraham Viruthakalangara, the Archbishop of Nagpur, very Rev. Fr. Augustine Varickakal, the Provincial of the Prabhu Prakash Province of Nagpur, several bishops from the dioceses of Pallottine presence and a large number of priests. The ceremony was attended by more than three thousand friends and well wishers of the Pallottines in Nagpur. His Excellency Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio in his Jubilee address highlighted the life of exceptional holiness of St. Vincent Pallotti and his vision and mission for the Church that contributed to significant changes in the Church. During the liturgy all the UAC members consisting of priests, sisters, brothers and lay members renewed their apostolic commitment to UAC. A cultural programme to felicitate the dignitaries as well as to entertain the guests, with a skit on the life of our founder and folk dances of various regions where Pallottines are engaged in ministry, followed by a delicious dinner wrapped up the celebrations.
A regional level Golden Jubilee celebration of the Canonization of St. Vincent Pallotti was held at Pallottigiri, Trivandrum on 20th January 2013. The Eucharistic Celebration was presided over by the Archbishop of Trivandrum Latin Archdiocese, Dr. M. Soosa Packiam. The celebration was solemnized by the presence of many confreres working in Kerala, UAC members of Trivandrum, Neyyattinkara and Thrissur units, and friends and well wishers of Pallottines. During the Eucharistic celebration the Bible used by St. Vincent Pallotti was also venerated. As a Golden Jubilee memorial, a short biography of St. Vincent Pallotti in Malayalam was released by the Media Publishing House. After the Eucharistic celebration, a short movie on Pallotti was screened.
04. Jubilee Memorial “Pallotti Visual Gallery” Inaugurated
To mark the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of the Canonization of St. Vincent Pallotti a Jubilee Memorial Pallotti Visual Gallery was made at the Provincialate. This was blessed and inaugurated by His Excellency Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, the Apostolic Nuncio to India in the presence of Rev. Fr. Augustine Varickakal, the Provincial, invited Bishops and many members of the Pallottine family. The highlights of the gallery are: life and apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti, the replica of the incorrupt body of St. Vincent Pallotti, maps of Pallottine presence in India and around the world, glimpses on latest mission ventures, writings and articles on Pallotti. The Gallery was designed by Fr. Royichan Pindamangalath. Our hearty congratulations to him for this great work!
05. Books on Pallotti released
The apostolic Nuncio to India, His Excellency Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio released a book depicting the life of Pallotti with pictures. It is compiled and published by Fr. Mathew Kanjiramkalayil. Release of another book authored by Fr. Mathew Kanjiramkalayil titled “May devotions” took place during the XIIIth Provincial Assembly. It is an edited and reworked version of his licentiate thesis. We appreciate and congratulate Fr. Mathew for his unique contribution.
06. A Relic of St. Vincent Pallotti Tours the Province
Commemoration of the Golden Jubilee of the Canonization of our founder St. Vincent Pallotti received a boost with arrival of a relic of the saint. Rev. Fr. Jacob Nambudakam, the Rector General brought with him the Holy Bible used by our founder when he came for attending the Provincial Assembly. It was displayed for public veneration during the Assembly. Subsequently it toured Kerala, Arunachal, Indore and Nagpur Local Communities. The relic was received and honoured in all houses and parishes of the Province with due reverence and devotion. The relic will be in India for the whole year as it will pass to other Pallottine Provinces on completion of the tour of the Prabhu Prakash Province.
07. Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee Celebration of Fr. Leenus Neetany
A celebration to felicitate the confereres who were completing 25 years of their Ordination was planned during the Provincial Assembly on 07th January 2013. Rev. Fr. Leenus Neetany who was present for the occasion was felicitated and his commitment and contribution to the Province was remembered with gratitude. Besides the participants of the Assembly, several confreres from the surrounding communities in Trivandrum and many of his close relatives were also present.
08. Blessing of New Church at Kakoi, Arunachal Pradesh
Velankanni Matha Catholic Church at Kakoi, a village under Kimin Parish was blessed on 13th January 2013 by Dr. Rev. John Thomas Kattrukudiyil, Bishop of Itanagar. This is the first village to build a Church in our mission at Kimin. There are yet six more Churches to be built.
09.First Annual Day Celebration at St. Vincent Pallotti School, Siyum
St. Vincent Pallotti School Siyum, Arunachal Pradesh, celebrated its first annual day on 12th February 2013. The day was marked by various cultural performances by the tiny tots as they showcased their talents and won applause from the audience. The Block Education Officer Mr. Tago Nima presided over the function and awarded prizes to the meritorious students in academics and extracurricular activities. The programme was attended by parents, parishners and teachers of various schools in Siyum and its surroundings.
10. Free Medical Camp at Taliha
St. Vincent Pallotti Parish Siyum organized a free medical camp at Taliha, one of the villages of the parish. The fathers and sisters of the parish with the free assistance of two government doctors from the district government hospital of Daporijo, organized the camp. Around 300 patients from Taliha and nearby interior villages were treated for various ailments. The medicines were provided by the Pallottine Social Apostolate Cell and the Diocesan Social Work Department. The faithful of Taliha made all the arrangements for the camp.
11. Congratulations to Pallotti Boys Home Students, Alappuzha
Students from Pallotti Boys Home participated in the 13th Alappuzha district orphanage fest held at Alappuzha. Our students won prizes in running, group songs, single song, folk dance, speech, quiz and long jump. Among 67 orphanages that participated our Boys Home secured the sixth rank. Congratulations!
Fr. Shyjesh Kuriyedom - Asst. Parish Priest, Puthenkada
This appointment takes effect from 15 May 2013
Fr. Antony Kaithaparambil - Director, Pallotti Bhawanam & Manager, St. Vincent Pallotti School, Trissur
Fr. Antony Herald Roswan - Director, Pallotti Nivas & Manager St. Vincent Pallotti School, Nagpur
Fr. Dominic Pullen - Parish Priest, Ishgarh
Fr. Johnson Puthur - Parish Priest, Siyum
Fr. Jophin Jose -Asst. Parish Priest, Sangam Vihar, Delhi
Fr. Jose Joseph Payattikattil - Asst. Parish Priest, Nariyampara
Fr. Jose Reechus - Asst. Parish Priest, Yachuli
Fr. Kuriakose Mekkaracheril - Spiritual Director, Pallotti Dham, Nashik
Fr. Mathew Panakal - Director, Sneha Nivas, Kattoor
Fr. Prakash Thankappan - Parish Priest, Aulia
Fr. Rajesh Cheriyan Ummikuzhiyil - Socius & Bursar, Pallotti Sadan, Idukki
Fr. Raju Chemparathy - Sabbatical Year
Fr. Sakhayidas Thazhathoppil - Apostolate, Pallotti Vidya Sadan, Indore
Fr. Sebastian Thekkeyil - Principal, St. Vincent Pallotti School, Indore
Fr. Shinu Kaichiramattathil - Bursar, Pallottigiri, Trivandrum
Fr. Siby John Chempananickal - Director, Pallotti Green House, Westwood, Zambia
Fr. Siju Jose Kuliraniyil - Administrator, St. Vincent Pallotti College of
Engineering & Technology, Nagpur
Fr. Thomas Pulikeel - Parish Priest & Principal, Daporijo
Fr. Varghese Madan - Apostolate, Pallotti Alayam, Aluva
Fr. Thomas Vijay - Director, Pallottine Animation Centre, Nagpur
These transfers take effect from 15 May 2013
Fr. Anto Thomas Mullanal - Studies in Family Apostolate, Rome
Fr. Johnson Maniyamkott - Studies in Family Apostolate, Cana, Changanasery
Fr. Lalu Joseph Mangalasseril - Studies
15. Promotion of Students in Formation
The Provincial Council in its meeting of 04-05 April at Maria Rani Centre, Thiruvananthpuram discussed and decided on the admission and promotion of candidates to Preparatory Formation, First Consecration, Renewal of Consecration and Final Consecration. The Final Consecration and First Consecration will be held at Pallottigiri, Trivandrum on 31st May 2013. The Renewal of Consecration will be held on 31st May 2013 at various places. The places of the renewal are mentioned along with the names of the candidates. Those renewing their Profession should reach the place of renewal on 29th May 2013. 30th May 2013 is to be spent in recollection and preparation.
A. Final Consecration
Aneesh Thomas Kanjirathinkal - Pallottigiri, Trivandrum
Jomish Joseph Thekkumkattil - Pallottigiri, Trivandrum
Linchu Paul Choorackal - Pallottigiri, Trivandrum
Shine Augustine - Pallottigiri, Trivandrum
If any confrere has any remarks or reservation about the above candidates,
please forward it to the competent Superior, the Provincial Rector, at the earliest.
B. First Consecration
Jithin Francis Kaithaparambil - Pallottigiri, Trivandrum
Sebastian Bare - Pallottigiri, Trivandrum
Sebin Varghese Padikkal - Pallottigiri, Trivandrum
Subin Mathew Thottapallil - Pallottigiri, Trivandrum
C. Sixth Renewal
Antony Lawrence - Pallottigiri, Trivandrum
Stanley Wilson Palathingal - Pallotti Alayam, Aluva
D. Fifth Renewal
Byju Antony Puthenpurackal - Pallotti House, Valakkai
Bibin Sebastian Chappamthadathil - Prabodhana, Mysore
Manoj Prabhari - Pallotti Vidya Sadan, Indore
Mukesh Garasiya - Pallotti Vidya Sadan, Indore
Satheesh Satyaneshan - Pallottigiri, Trivandrum
Vipin Augustine Thadathil - Pallotti House, Valakkai
E. Fourth Renewal
Arun Thomas Kandathil - Pallotti Alayam, Aluva
Jaismon Francis Cheenakallel - Pallotti Alayam, Aluva
F. Third Renewal
Boby Muthukampurathu - Pallotti Alayam, Aluva
Jacob James Poovathottathil - Pallotti Alayam, Aluva
Jaswant Xaxa - Shanti Nivas, Bilaspur
Priyesh John Kumbalavelil - Pallotti House, Valakkai
Ronald Mecheriyil - Pallotti House, Valakkai
Yesubabu Duggirala - Pallotti Vidyanam, Vijayawada
G. Second Renewal
Jaymon Varghese Pereppadan - Pallotti Alayam, Aluva
Jijo Jacob Vazhakkoottathil - Pallotti Alayam, Aluva
Lince Kurian Thalachira - Pallotti Alayam, Aluva
Sijo Jose Anchukandathil - Pallotti Alayam, Aluva
H. First Renewal
Alan Joe Santos - Pallotti Bhawan, Nagpur
John Valentine - Pallotti Bhawan, Nagpur
Tona Varghese Kurungadan - Pallotti Bhawan, Nagpur
I. Admission to Second Year of Novitiate
George Joseph Ozhukayhil
Jomis Jose Vallompurayidathil
Sibin Peter Parippukalayil
J. Admission to Preparatory Formation
Anto Varghese Kottoorchaniyil
Francis James Minj
George Jose Vanthiyil
Sharon Raju Karukapparambil
Suresh R. Marak
16. Priestly Ordination
The priestly ordinationof Deacon Shyjesh Kuriyedom is scheduled for 18th April 2013 in his home parish at Koodalappadu. Our hearty congratulations and wishes for God’s abundant blessings upon our confrere! We also congratulate him for the successful completion of Theology from Prabodhana, Mysore.
17. Publication of the Book Authored by Fr. Anto Kaitharath
The doctoral thesis of our confrere Fr. Dr. Anto Kaitharath titled “The Autonomy and Hierarchical Dependence of Religious Institutes According to the Code of Canon Law” has been published as a book by Lap Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG; Saarbruecken, Germany, on the 11th November 2012, with ISBN no. 978-3-659-29069-5. The book contains a total of 244 pages. Our sincere congratulations to him!
18. Inauguration of the Hostel at Jambudi
The newly built hostel for boys at our Jambudi mission was blessed by Most Rev. John Devprasad Ganawa, the new Bishop of Udaipur and inaugurated by Very Rev.Fr. Augustine Varickackal, the Provincial, on 12th April 2013. This well constructed building will provide a decent accommodation for the boys of the hostel. We thank Fr. Johnson Maniyamkott, Fr. Dominic Pullen and Fr. Lalu Mangalasseril who worked hard for the construction of the building. We are also indebted to our St. Nicholas de Flüe Province, Switzerland for providing the major part of the funds for the project.
19. Laying of Foundation Stone for the Church at Sangam Vihar, Delhi
The foundation stone laying ceremony for the planned Church at Sangam Vihar, Delhi was held on 07th April 2013. Most Rev. Anil Couto, the Archbishop of Delhi blessed and laid the stone in the presence of Very Rev. Fr. Augustine Varickackal, the Provincial and the parish community. The plan for the new Church is already finalized. The work will begin soon.
20. Visvasothsavam - 2013
In commemoration of the Golden Jubilee of the canonization of our Founder St. Vincent Pallotti and to celebrate the year of Faith, two youth empowerment programmes are being organized for the youth of our parishes and institutions on 27th April, 2013 at Maria Rani Centre, Trivandrum and on 5th May 2013 at St Vincent Pallotti Central School, Trichur. Young people from our parishes and institutions in Kerala are expected to participate in the same.
21. Pallotti M Tech Students in the Rank List of Nagpur University
The first batch of M. Tech students of our College of Engineering and Technology has fared well in the Nagpur University first semester exams and two of them found place in the rank list. While Miss Supriya Gupta secured first rank in the Computer Science Engineering, Mr. Aditya Khandare of Mechanical CAD/CAM got second rank. Congratulations to both of them for their commitment and hard work.
22. New Mobile Numbers/E-mail Ids/Address
New Mobile Numbers:
Fr. Johnson Maniyamkott : 9645597829
Fr. Jose Eluvathingal : 262-260-8129
Fr. Joseph Jude D’Rozario : +61 468472009
Fr. Mathew Kanjiramkalayil : 7406428962
Fr. Thomas Kureekattil : 8827704602
St. Vincent Pallotti Eng. College, Nagpur : (07103) 275951, 275952; Fax: (07103) 275953
Manager, Pallotti Griha, Boy’s Hostel : (07103) 275954, 275955, 275956
Fr. Jose Eluvathingal SAC
111 11th St., Unit # 4 AS
Racine, WI 53403
Rev. Fr. Shaji Mathew Arukakkal’s beloved Sister, Sr. Liswin Mathew SD (Sisters of the Destitute), passed away on 5th April 2013 in a road accident. We convey our heartfelt condolences to Rev. Fr. Shaji Mathew Arukakkal and his dear ones at this time of pain and sorrow.
24. Next Council Meeting
The Next Council Meeting is planned for 03-04 July 2013 at Pallotti Bhawan, Nagpur.