Wednesday, February 16, 2011
These are the Benjamins of the Community (the first course, 25 of them)...
These are the second course students, 29 of them...
Here are the 29 third course Brothers...
Monday, February 14, 2011
The following day we have the final monthly recollection of this academic year, followed by farewell for the third course Brothers, in the evening. The concluding Mass for the year will be celebrated on February 25, 2011 morning by Fr Rector.
As for now, the exam fever is on... so are the midnight lamps and fervent prayers!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
The wedding began sometime in the evening after 6 and went on upto 9.30. The muhurtham was at 7.30 for which all of the staff were present. That was followed by a simple meal at the same venue, a community hall near the bridegroom's place.
Laxmi joined the kitchen staff nearly 7 years ago as a helper and was chiefly responsible for the main table and the serving of the bowls in the refectory. Of course, she also lent a helping hand in the kitchen everyday.
God bless her and her new life!
Friday, February 11, 2011
In the evening the same Mariadalam members, under the leadership of Br Dileep organised the community Rosary in the chapel itself.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
In his message for the Brothers he exhorted them to continue to persevere in their vocation even when things seem rough and unsure. Quoting his own example he stated that he always trusted and surrendered himself into the Lord's hands. This enabled him to be what he is today... a Salesian Priest. He recommended everyone to do the same and one day share the altar with him, just as he is today sharing the altar with his formators.
I do not have parents. All I know is Fr (pointing at Fr KT Jose, the Rector) as my father and Annapoornamma (another senior cook) as my mother. These two friends of mine (pointing at Kasi and Yedulamma) looked after me as their own younger sister. You all (referring to the Brothers) are my brothers. I am eternally indebted to you all!
She could not continue any more. Neither did we want to embarrass her further. We concluded with a prayer. For an orphan, uneducated and typically rural girl to stand up before a group of 90 young men and speak with such meaning and depth, there has to be a driving force. It was surely her sincere commitment to her job and her confidence that this was her family.
God bless her!
Monday, February 7, 2011
The seminary too was opened up for the pilgrims to rest and wash during the two days. Nearly 1,500 people slept for the night on February 5, 2011 (saturday). The women were accommodated in the hall while the men folk slept along the verandas. The following day groups of people came in and spent some time admiring the campus and having a family meal in the cool shade of the trees and the verandas.
Bp Paul Maipan of Khammam was the main celebrant of the Solemn Mass on the feast day. The Archbishop of Vishakapatnam could not make it due to health reasons. The English Mass of the day was presided over by Msgr Karnam Joji Babu, the Vicar of the Archdiocese of Vizag. The choir for both the high Masses of the day was by the Brothers from the Seminary, with the active collaboration of the Parish youngsters.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
The liturgy for the day was animated by Suvartha Sunadam under the guidance of Fr KT Jose, the Rector. Owing to the practical exam of the second and third year student for BA, the shopping for that day was postponed to the following day. For the rest, the Brothers had the regular schedule for the day.