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PMP RETREAT - TAPASYA
TAPASYA is chosen as a brand name for all the PMP Programs in Karnataka. The Executive Committee decided on Tapasya, as an Indian name for the PMP Programs in Karnataka to convey more effectively the meaning and significance of Parish Missions in the cultural context of Karnataka. Tapasya primarily means austerity, a refined form of self-control and surrender. It is a process of purification and renewal.

After much study, discussion and deliberations the Executive Committee of PMP finalized a blueprint for the Five Days’ PMP Program. A preaching module was prepared with the 10 specific themes as suggested in the PMP Manual. It was decided that the PMP Teams will always comprise three preachers apart from the director. The Five Days’ Program was designed with 10 major talks with Holy Eucharist and the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament occupying a prime place in the daily schedule. Due importance is also given to the popular devotions of Holy Rosary and Way of the Cross. Family Visits are made an integral part of the Program. Visit to the cemetery and blessing of the tombs are also part of the program. The daily morning prayer, adoration and meditation by the Team as a community in mission is a mandatory spiritual starter for every Mission Team.

The first-ever Five Days’ Tapasya Mission under the banner of Parish Mission Preaching (PMP) was conducted 01-05 March 2021 at the Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Gumatapuram in Talavadi. The team of preachers consisted of Frs Erudaya Raja, Christopher Crasta and Sudeep Andrews besides Fr Sebastian Conrad, the Director. The entire program was a great success and was much appreciated by the parish community of over 250 people. Almost 80 % of the parish community had actively participated in the program. Apart from the 10 well-prepared Talks, the family visits as well as many of the popular devotions and practices had found sufficient space in the program. In a post-tapasya evaluatory session, the Team expressed their joy and happiness in having conducted such a beautiful program. All agreed that it was the result of a systematic planning and the hard work of the executive committee and the members of the first Tapasya Team. All expressed their eagerness to take up more such Tapasya Missions in the weeks and months ahead.



SFS CARNIVAL
“When you face difficult times know that challenges are not sent to destroy you. They’re sent to promote, increase and strengthen you.”

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for a touch of a friendly hand… This was what the Desalites’ carnival was all about. The month of January saw the exuberant celebration and a fun-filled day in the amphitheater of SFS ACADEMY, through the carnival held on January 31, 2021.

The history of the world is full of people who rose to the occasion and proved themselves by the sheer force of self-confidence, bravery, and tenacity. The young, ignited minds of our society are our greatest assets. We, at SFS Group of Institution, designed a joint venture promoted by SWIP and organized by SFS Public School (ICSE & ISCE) and SFS Academy(CBSE) encouraged these youngsters from different schools of South West India Province to explore their true potential by awakening their passions and cultivating their talents by participating in various events held virtually.

The afternoon celebrations commenced with the Principals, students, parents, faculty members of SFS Group of Institution who are the beneficiaries of the proceeds of the carnival.

The president of the function, Rev. Dr Benny Koottanal MSFS, the Provincial of SWIP, a man of distinct vision and a fountainhead of illuminating ideas, presided over and lauded the efforts of Rev. Dr Jabamalai, councillor incharge of education in providing the virtual platform during this pandemic situation for the students across the SFS schools of south-west India province to express their talents. He also congratulated Rev. Fr P. M Lawrance Principal of SFS Academy whose constant support and enormous guidance motivated the students and the music teachers to compose and release the Desalite Album “Go Covid – 19”.

Mrs Pavithra, theatre and film artist, present faculty in theatre arts, Bangalore University, chief guest of the day expressed her anecdote in seeing her dreams come true in the field of performing arts. She shared her experience on how she was inspired to get into theatre arts even after she was discriminated due to her complexion.

The school amphitheater pulsated with scintillating music and a lively crowd. The carnival had something in store for everybody, be it children or adults. An array of edible delights, rolling trophy – Desalites’ Vencedora 2021 won by SFS High school, Malur and exciting prizes ensured an unforgettable time with near and dear ones. The zest and zeal exhibited by an enthusiastic crowd of visitors and participants made the Desalites’ Carnival a memorable one.

I express my heartfelt congratulations to Fr A. Jabamalai, the councilor incharge of education and all the collaborators for executing this new venture with precise and meticulous planning. HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS!



ST JOSEPH’S CHURCH AT CHINTAMANI: RAISED TO PILGRIMAGE CENTER
My dear Confreres, in accordance with the wish of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, the Apostolic Penitentiary has bestowed the gift of the Indulgences during the Year of St Joseph. In line with this, the Archbishop of Bangalore has declared seven Churches in the Archdiocese as Pilgrimage Churches in this year of St Joseph. One among them is ST JOSEPH’S CHURCH, CHINTAMANI, which is permanently entrusted to the MSFS. The Faithful are exhorted to visit these Churches to obtain Indulgences (naturally following all the modalities).

Along with our MSFS Confreres, I consider it as a great privilege and honour for us that one of our Churches in the Kolar Deanery is raised as a Pilgrim Church. It is very necessary that we take special attention to promote the devotion to St Joseph especially through this special privilege entrusted to us.



News From Germany-Austria (GA) Delegation
Appointment of the New Delegation Superior: Rev. Fr Siby Joseph Manickathan
After having consulted the Members of the GA Delegation, with the unanimous consent of the Provincial Council and the approval of the Superior General I have appointed Rev. Fr Siby Joseph Manickathan as the new Delegation Superior of the GA (Germany-Austria) Delegation of our province. Fr Siby Joseph will take the Oath of Office on the 24th of January 2020 during a concelebrated mass of the Confreres. I wish Fr Siby Joseph God’s abundant blessings in his new stint as the Delegation Superior of GA.

I take this opportunity to thank Rev. Fr Joseph Pattarakalayil, the outgoing Delegation Superior for his spirited animation of the Delegation for the past three years. Thank you, dear Fr Joseph.

News From Chad-Cameroon Delegation
43rd Annual Seminar of the Bishops of Cameroon at La Feuillette, Ngoya,
At the request of Mgr. Sosthène Léopold, the bishop of Obala, the MSFS community at La Feuillette, Ngoya hosted the annual seminar of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (NECC). It was a moment of great pride for the MSFS Congregation in general and the Chad Cameroon delegation, in particular, to welcome nearly 35 bishops into their house. MSFS was privileged to host such an important event. This important event was held from 6th to 11th January 2020 based on the theme: “What Episcopal Conference do we want”. The seminar was presided over by His Lordship, Abraham KOME, bishop of Bafang and President of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (NECC).

The solemn opening ceremony took place on Monday 6th January in the Amphitheater of the Saint Cyprian Theological School of Ngoya in the presence of His Grace Julio Murant, Apostolic Nuncio to Cameroon, and His grace, Ludwing SCHICK, Archbishop of Bamberg (Germany) and the President of the World Church  Commission (Welt Kirche) of the German Episcopal Conference. After the Solemn opening ceremony, the Bishops came to La Feuillette, MSFS house for the rest of the seminar. The Bishops stayed at La Feuillette for 5 days. They reflected on the Synod of Youth, basing themselves on the two papers presented: “Presentation and challenges of the Apostolic Exhortation Christus VIVIT  (Christ is alive)  by his grace, Andrew FUANYA NKEA and The Pastoral implications of the Apostolic Exhortation Christus VIVIT by his Lordship Joseph Marie NDI-OKALLA.

The 43rd Annual seminar of the Bishops was spiritually nourished by the prayers and Eucharistic celebration animated by MSFS Brothers with which other religious communities, priests and seminarians from the Diocese of Obala were also associated. Bishops through the person of Msgr. Abram KOME, president of the National Episcopal Conference expressed their deep sentiments of gratitude to MSFS Congregation for hosting the annual seminar in their house. Local ordinary, the Bishop of Obala appreciated the MSFS community for their Salesian hospitality, cheerful availability and joyful service.

It was a time of intense activity for the MSFS confreres of La Feuillette. They did everything possible to make this event a memorable one. Bishops expressed their total satisfaction and requested the confreres to convey their sentiments of gratitude to the Provincial Superior and the Superior General for making MSFS house available for the annual seminar.

News From the Philippines Delegation
Volcanic Eruption in Philippines
On 12th January 2020 around 1.00 pm local time, the TaalVolcano which is situated near to Tagaytay City, Philippines, erupted without any warning. Thick clouds of wet ashes and sand were thrown into the air as tall as 15 km. Residents who came within the 14 km radius of the Volcano were forcefully evacuated to evacuation camps. The debris of ashes and sand smelling sulfur were spread as far as Manila Airport which is situated nearly 100 km away from the Volcano. The Philippines Delegation of South West India Province has 3 formation houses within the vicinity of the Volcano. Our Novitiate House and Theology Scholasticate are situated in Amadeo, which comes within the 17 Km radius of the Volcano. Our Philosophy Study House in Silang is also within the same radius. All these three houses and also the compound were covered with volcanic ashes and sand. We are now outside the forceful evacuation zone, but there is a high alert for a more fierce eruption imminent. All the members of the Delegation gathered on 20th January, 2020 to evaluate the situation and to plan for the future course of action. The confreres who are in these formation houses prefer to stay there itself, till there is a forceful evacuation measure adopted by the authorities. The cleaning of the houses and the premises are going on. There are also possible health hazards involved by breathing the dust-filled air. All the members are provided with masks to protect themselves.

News From the Philippines Delegation
Volcanic Eruption in Philippines
On 12th January 2020 around 1.00 pm local time, the TaalVolcano which is situated near to Tagaytay City, Philippines, erupted without any warning. Thick clouds of wet ashes and sand were thrown into the air as tall as 15 km. Residents who came within the 14 km radius of the Volcano were forcefully evacuated to evacuation camps. The debris of ashes and sand smelling sulfur were spread as far as Manila Airport which is situated nearly 100 km away from the Volcano. The Philippines Delegation of South West India Province has 3 formation houses within the vicinity of the Volcano. Our Novitiate House and Theology Scholasticate are situated in Amadeo, which comes within the 17 Km radius of the Volcano. Our Philosophy Study House in Silang is also within the same radius. All these three houses and also the compound were covered with volcanic ashes and sand.

We are now outside the forceful evacuation zone, but there is a high alert for a more fierce eruption imminent. All the members of the Delegation gathered on 20th January, 2020 to evaluate the situation and to plan for the future course of action. The confreres who are in these formation houses prefer to stay there itself, till there is a forceful evacuation measure adopted by the authorities. The cleaning of the houses and the premises are going on. There are also possible health hazards involved by breathing the dust-filled air. All the members are provided with masks to protect themselves. 

Blessing of the Foundation Stone for the PG Block, SFS College, Hebbagodi
20-01-2020 - the fancy date - went into the annals of St Francis de Sales College as a historical day when the Foundation Stone of the Postgraduate Block was blessed by Rev. Dr Benny Koottanal MSFS, General Manager and Provincial Superior. The ceremony of blessing the Foundation Stone was held during the prayer service at 02.20 pm, in the presence of Rev. Fr Vinod Kanattu, the Provincial Bursar, Rev. Fr Jabamalai, the Provincial Councillor in charge of Education, Rev. Fr  Mathew Chavelil, Rev. Fr Jose Puthiaparambil, Rev. Fr  John Melukunnel and Fathers from Mermier Bhavan, along with all the Faculty, Staff and students of the College. We thank God for His abundant love and support that He always bestows upon us and we pray for the prosperous completion of our Postgraduate building.

Inauguration & Blessing of the New School Building in Anthoninagara, Chikmagalur
On January 22, 2020 was a red-letter day for the Fransalian Mission at Anthoninagara as it marked the formal blessing and inauguration of the newly constructed extension of the school building and (DeSalotsava’20) 3rd Annual Day Celebration. Rt. Rev. Dr T. Anthony Swamy, Bishop of Chikmagalur, blessed the School Building and Fr Benny Kootanal Provincial, inaugurated the newly constructed extension. The event was also graced by the presence of Shri. H. D. Revanna the Member of Legislative Assembly and Ex-Minister of PWD, Fr Vinod Kanat, Provincial Bursar and Fathers from different communities. The Bishop and Ex-Minister, Shri. H.D. Revanna were impressed by the progress of the school in a short period of time and thanked the MSFS in the mission for the commendable service rendered in the local area.