The Second Session of the XV Provincial Chapter was held from the 8th to 11th January 2013, with the theme, "To Preach the Gospel Ever Anew, with Renewed Hope, Renewed Hearts, Renewed Structures for Mission."
The three days Meet of the Redemptorist Young Fathers’ took place from the 16th to 18th of October, 2012. It was organized at quite a picturesque place of the MSFS Missionaries on St. Mary’s Mount in the port city of Visakapatam, A.P. The meeting began with a meaning celebration of the Holy Eucharist by Fr. Sahaya, C.Ss.R. (The Young Fathers’ Coordinator and In Charge) commemorating the feast of St. Gerard Majella. The group comprised of five batches, numbering 17 fathers who have completed their pastoral year. It was a time of sharing of experiences in apostolate and religious life, with a special focus on Community Life. The Young Redemptorist felt enriched and revived by each others’ sharing. It was also a time of reflection and planning for the future. The last session was moderated by Fr. Xavier Sanjivi, C.Ss.R. representing the Provincial Government. It was surely a moment of brotherhood and fellowship, and the participants had loads of good memories and inspiration from one another to carry back to their communities and ministry.
The Redemptorists of the Bangalore Province enjoyed five days of prayer and serenity from 9th to 13th July, 2012 at Priti Sadan as they gathered for their annuel retreat organized by the Provincial. The retreat was preached by Rev. Fr. Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R., Provincial Superior of the English Province. The second group of Redemptorists attended their retreat in Kolkatta the following week animated by the same preacher.
Our Redemptorist St. Alphonsus Theology College, Bangalore has a new library building now. The foundation stone was laid on 8th December 2010, by then Provincial, Fr. Paul Pazhangattu, C.Ss.R. in the presence of other fathers and students. With much hard work and effort of Fr. Assisi Saldanha, C.Ss.R., the in-charge of the entire project, the library block was duely completed. It was inaugurated and Blessed on 11th June 2012, by Fr. Provincial, S. Arulanandam, C.Ss.R.
Five young Redemptorists, namely Bros. Antony, Raja and Sagar of Bangalore Province and Bros. Melroy and Selvin of Vice-Province of Mejella made their Final Commitment on 8th June 2012 at Holy Ghost Church Bangalore. We wish them God's Blessings and the Redeemer's grace to serve in the Congregation as true sons of St. Alphonsus.
Redemptorist Media Center, brought out it first Video Production- CATHOLIC FAITH SERIES: Faith Seeking Understanding. It is a DVD of eight video talks on topics related to Scripture, Dogma (Faith Teachings) and Christian Faith Practices. It was released on the 24th of February-2012 by Rev. Fr. Arulanandam, the Provincial Superior of the Redemptorist, Bangalore. For more detains, log on to www.catholicfaithseries.com
Eight Brothers were raised to the order of Deacons (six from the Bangalore Province and two from the Vice-Province of Majella) on 10th December 2011 by Bishop Ignatius Pinto at St Alphonsus Seminary Chapel. We wish them all success for their ministry as deacons and pray that they may become fearless proclaimers of the Word.